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The Archers of Onward Christian School

Some questions that have come our way are, “What is the meaning behind the school name?” and “How did the logo develop?” So I aim to answer these questions in the following post:

First, why Onward?

When I imagine what both parents and educators desire for their children in life, I think of children who have a love for life, learning, and God. I think of children who learn that success is not necessarily what is important but an ability to keep persevering even when things are difficult. I think of children who aren’t forced into a mold but are allowed to blossom in their giftings and develop in their struggles. I think of pointing children to what matters most—a love for God—and continuing to re-align their thoughts, habits, and activities with the goal of knowing God more each day. I think of Philippians 3:14, which states, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Onward and upward. I see collaboration between parents and Christian educators in encouraging children to continually move Onward, onward in life and onward toward Christ—whatever this may mean for them at their stage.

Second, why the arrow logo?

Psalm 127: 4 states, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” Because this school will rely so heavily on parents’ love and direction for their children, I thought it a lovely sentiment to center the school around the importance of children to their parents. Children are to be raised up, discipled, and sent out into the world equipped with the faith, hope, and love needed to follow Christ. In addition, an arrow signifies direction. Onward Christian School’s mission is to work alongside parents in pointing their children’s hearts to Christ. We will support and supplement the parents’ efforts to prepare their children for adulthood, both educationally and spiritually, by pointing children to the target (Christ), teaching them to clearly see Him, and giving them the courage to move towards Him. Educationally, this means that rather than implying a child should be at a certain place at a certain time, we will simply teach him or her to continue moving forward. Always onward.

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