This Fall, we had the chance to mentor three UVic Education students as they completed their final teaching practicums at PCS. One of the student teachers was Sarah Catterall (née Fitterer), who is a 2009 PCS Grad. Here are Sarah’s reflections on her time at the school in her new role:
As I walked back into the halls in October as a PCS grad to begin a teaching practicum, I quickly noticed the changes: a new floor, beautiful prints of PCS theatre productions, a new layout in the office, an incredible Chemistry lab. These were a gentle reminder to me that time has passed, and that PCS is continuing to grow and flourish. However, there are fundamental aspects of Pacific Christian School that have remained the same, and I firmly believe it is these characteristics that make PCS an incredible blessing to its students.
- The administration, teachers, and staff at PCS are deeply invested in all areas of students’ lives. As a student at PCS, I felt that the staff genuinely cared about all of us, and that they were personally interested in our mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, in addition to supporting us academically. Returning as a practicum student, I have been completely blessed by this same investment in my own growth as a future teacher, and it’s been incredible to see how the current students at PCS flourish in this atmosphere.
- Staff at PCS are committed to modeling the love and grace of Jesus Christ and to encouraging each individual student in their journey of faith. Whether it was through all-school chapels, Bible classes, or one-on-one conversations with teachers, it is so clear that the heart of the staff body at PCS is for their students to personally know the Lord and to grow in relationship with Him.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to come back to PCS over these past two months and experience both the new and familiar elements that make this school so unique.