Varsity Soccer WPIAL Playoffs

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Find a wholesome environment and competitive athletics at Christian schools!

Trinity Christian School, Beaver County Christian School, and Eden Christian Academy Varsity Boys Soccer Teams are all going to the playoffs!

Eden finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 5th in Class 1 A for the playoffs!
Trinity finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 6th in Class 1A for the playoffs!
BCCS finished the regular season in 3rd Place in their Section and are ranked 13th in Class 1A for the playoffs!

Eden has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Mars High School.
Trinity has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Fox Chapel High School
BCCS has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at South Park High School.

Tickets are required and should be purchased online! There will be no student tickets at the gate. Tickets are $7.

Here’s the whole championship bracket

Here’s an explanation of Sections and Classes:

Classification is determined by the number of students in a high school. In soccer, the largest class is 4A (think schools the size of Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, or Penn Trafford). Trinity, Eden, and Beaver County Christian School are all in 1A.

In Class 1A, Trinity is grouped in Section 2, and as such, plays the teams in Section 2 twice a season and those games determine their record. (In other words, those are their conference games.) In Section 2, they came in 2nd place, after Greensburg Central Catholic, with a conference record of 6-3-1. (6 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.)

BCCS is grouped in Section 1. In Section 1, they came in 3rd place with a conference record of 5-5.
Eden is grouped in Section 3. In Section 3, they came in 2nd with a conference record of 10-2.

In all of Class 1A (all teams listed in the chart below), Trinity Christian School is ranked 6th out of the 16 teams who made it to the playoffs. They will be playing Riverside (ranked 11th with a record of 5-5-0). BCCS is ranked 13th and will be playing Bentworth (ranked 4th with a record of 9-0-1). Eden is ranked 5th and will be playing Serra Catholic (ranked 12th with a record of 5-3-2).

The bracket shows the path to the WPIAL Championship (likely on November 5 at 8pm but subject to change) at Highmark Stadium where the Riverhounds play.  

GPCSN Recommends: Pittsburgh’s Urban Impact’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Urban Impact’s Shakes

Urban Impact’s Performing Arts department presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This fusion of faith and theatre puts a new spin on the Shakespeare classic. The 90-minute film mixes Shakespeare’s iconic text with original music and student testimonies.

The digital download is only $10 and worth every penny! One GPCSN family called it “the most understandable version ever,” and they’ve watched DAME HELEN MIRREN’S VERSION.

In this family-friendly film there is no dumbing down of the bard: The direction, acting, music, and setting bring Shakespeare’s original language to life for a 21st Century audience.

Go here to buy your $10 digital ticket now:

Book Review: For the Children’s Sake (a good gift idea for teachers!)

For the Children’s Sake presents a picture of a Charlotte Mason-inspired education that sounds like many Christian schools.

Charlotte Mason gives us a plan that is beautifully balanced. The children are given tasks, so that they learn basic skills. Their minds are nourished. They are put in touch with the whole of reality. They have structure and yet they are given time, half the day, for freedom. This was up to the age of 13 years [ in the Charlotte Mason style school] without homework. They can develop their own affinities. They can be, imagine, play, ponder, create, read. They can move, be noisy, quiet, social or alone…This growing time produces integrated people who understand their own limitations, desires, interests, gifts, and tendencies. One person will end up in the garage tinkering with an old motor; another will be playing with toddlers; another will draw pictures and tell stories while yet another thinks of ways to earn money. Children are respected and accepted as valid persons, but they are not left on the island of their own limited resources. Through careful choice they are nourished with the best we human beings have to offer. Mind is introduced to mind. Child to nature and activities. Pray that our children may be so educated in a total life that they are enabled to have clear, realistic, and true thinking and action, based on thought and principle.

Really, the whole book is full of quotable passages to inspire your favorite teacher:

We don’t have to chart exactly what a child has ‘learned’ from any of these sources to make it worthwhile using them. This is a different way of thinking about learning. Our job is to give the best nourishment regularly. The child takes what is appropriate to him at the time. A good example is when we enjoy a book together as a family. The nine-year-old enjoys hearing J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He extracts nourishment for mind and spirit. The fourteen-year-old also is fed, but extracts something different. The parents enjoy it in yet another way. There is no ‘right’ way to react, no list of items one has to remember. Living life isn’t like that. We are individuals, and we leave it that way.

Children should have relationships with earth and water, should run and leap, ride and swim, should establish the relation of maker to material in as many kinds as may be; should have dear and intimate relations with persons, through present intercourse, through tale or poem, picture or statue; through flint arrow-head or modern motor-car: beast and bird, herb and tree, they must have familiar acquaintance with. Other peoples and their languages must not be strange to them. Above all they should find that most intimate and highest of all Relationships – the fulfillment of their being [their relationship with God].

This is not a bewildering program, because, in all these and more directions, children have affinities; and a human being does not fill his place in the universe without putting out tendrils of attachment in the directions proper to him. We must get rid of the notion that to learn the ‘three R’s’ or the Latin grammar well, a child should learn these and nothing else. It is true for children as for ourselves that, the wider the range of interests, the more intelligent is the apprehension of each.

The strength of this book is in encouraging teachers to treat their students as people who have their own worthy minds and interests and abilities and to remember to give them some freedom, while putting the best of the best material in front of them.

GPCSN Recommends: Shaw and Chesterton—A play about the complicated friendship between G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw

Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network Director Jessica Brown attended an education conference this summer with The CiRCE Institute. One of the highlights from the conference was the play Shaw and Chesterton written by Tim A. McIntosh (playwright, actor, educator, podcast host, and more). She liked it so much that after she watched the rehearsal, she went to the play, went to the play again, and returned to Pittsburgh and bought the video that was only available to conference goers.

Now that video is available for purchase for everyone until August 25, 2021!

The play is about the complicated friendship of Christian, G.K. Chesterton (creator of Father Brown), and Atheist-turned-Mystic, George Bernard Shaw (playwright author of Pygmalion which was made into the movie My Fair Lady). As one viewer says,

The idea that we can be ideologically worlds apart but still maintain respectful debate and even remain dear friends is a pretty important message right now.

Beth Pitman, Christian Educator

And not only is the message important, the play is good! (Sometimes you have cheesy art with an important message or good art with a terrible message. This play is first a great play.)

The play was so good that while it was scheduled to show only once to just a roomful of attendees, after watching it, CiRCE decided to add an encore performance on the final night of the conference—on the main stage, open to all. One speaker at the conference, Greg Wilbur, church musician and president and dean of New College Franklin (a Christian college GPCSN wholeheartedly recommends), called it “a wonderful and insightful play.”

Really if you are interested or involved in Christian education, you should follow The CiRCE Institute for more, but at least go buy the video—pay-what-you-want ($5, $50, $5,000?) and proceeds split between The Circe Institute + Tim A. McIntosh. The video is available to purchase through August 25. Once purchased you will be sent a link and password to the video. The link does not expire and you can watch it anytime.

This play definitely earns the GPCSN stamp of approval!

The H in Pittsburgh and the G in Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network

You might notice that some of our logos just say Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network while other of our artwork says Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network. The why is probably pretty obvious: As an organization we realized that we represent towns from all over the GREATER Pittsburgh region. In fact, while students who live in the city definitely do attend our schools, even using their school’s school buses, we currently have no school in the city! Christian schools surround the city! Some are pretty close to city borders, like Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg or Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, and some reach students from further north or east like Cheswick Christian Academy and Greater Works Christian School. And finally, Penn Christian Academy in Butler and Beaver County Christian School reach even further north (and east or west, respectively) into Butler and Beaver County and beyond! If you live in or near Pittsburgh, there is a Christian school for you!

But what about the name Pittsburgh? Why the H?

On November 27, 1758, British General John Forbes sent a letter to William Pitt telling him that a city had been named for him: Pittsbourgh. Prior to that, the French had claimed the area and constructed a fort at the point where the three rivers meet, which they named Fort Duquesne. In 1758, they burned Fort Duquesne as they were being forced out by the British, and the fort that would replace it, which we can still visit as a museum, is still called Fort Pitt.

In 1891, however the United States Board on Geographic Names, in an attempt to standardize addresses, declared the -h to be dropped at the end of -burgh names. Fortunately, Pittsburghers mainly refused to use the new official spelling. Eventually on July 19, 1911, the board restored the official name to Pittsburgh to appease the masses. Yay!

Employment Opportunities

Calling Christian educators (and coaches)!

Cheswick Christian Academy is seeking a part-time (1 day per week) elementary music teacher. Email for more info!

Trinity Christian School is seeking an elementary teacher, Spanish teacher, and biology teacher. Email for more info!

Trinity is also interviewing for a girls varsity basketball coach. Email for more info!