Oakbrook Preparatory School

Message from Mr. Hinds

Where are your roots? Today we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, while at the same time meditating on God's promise to us.

Our theme this year is SOLID. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into action will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock." Matthew 7/24 

Jesus finished his sermon on the mount with this decree. As he finished his instructions to his disciples that day, his words remain true to us today and for the rest of time. He warns us not to build our identity on the shifting sands of the world, but to meditate on His word and let the word direct our thoughts and actions. In this way, we will not be blown over by the winds of the world.

It's easy to look around at the shifting sands of the world and feel fear. Media perpetuates that fear. However, all throughout God's word, we find references to our roots. God teaches us about planting our roots in Him. In Psalm 92:12-13 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree...; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of God." And the verse upon which the Oakbrook name and logo originated, Psalm 1:3 "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

What does this all mean for our fear? It means when the towers of this world collapse, we stand firm. It means when the bombs of this world explode, we keep it together. It all depends on our roots. As parents and teachers, let's all set that tone today for our children - that it is on Chirst the solid rock we stand; all other ground is sinking sand. Let's help our children remain steadfast in God's word and rest assured that as Christians we will NOT be blown over by the winds of the world if we are rooted, SOLID, in Christ. 

I feel blessed today to lead a school where we can take time out of our day from teaching facts to talk about God's promise and help our children focus on His truth so that they build their house on the rock.

Oakbrook senior brings home Best in Show at community-wide arts event

Congratulations to senior Maggie Macdonald on winning Best in Show at the inaugural 1Spark event this weekend. Read more about Maggie's art and the event in this article in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Read the full article here:

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140906/ARTICLES/140909705?p=2&tc=pg

 

 

Here's a sample of Maggie's artwork.

Oakbrook seventh grader donates birthday money to cancer research

Seventh grader Ginger Dailey honored the memory of her late grandfather by donating money to Gibbs Cancer Center.

Watch Ginger's story. http://www.wspa.com/story/26461453/spartanburg-teen-donates-birthday-money-to-cancer-center?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10558030#.VAuezmYSWFQ.facebook

Emilia Autenzio named Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner

Oakbrook English teacher Emilia Autenzio receives WYFF Golden Apple Award. Ms. Autenzio was nominated by senior Morgan McCarver.

Watch the complete story at http://www.wyff4.com/education/goldenapple/golden-apple-award-winner-emilia-autenzio-oakbrook-preparatory-school/27886602

Oakbrook leaders selected to present at national conference

The external affairs team of Mrs. Ledbetter, Mr. Boyles, and Mr. Hinds will present to education leaders from all over the world this winter at the National Association of Independent Schools conference in Boston.

The Oakbrook external affairs team consisting of Mrs. Ledbetter, admission director, Mr. Boyles, development director, and Mr. Hinds, head of school, have been invited to Boston to present at the premier event for independent school leaders - the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference. Leaders of independent schools from all over the world come together each year to engage in professional dialogue about best practices in independent school education.

The theme for this year's event is Design Thinking: Blending learning, leading, and innovation. The concept of design thinking has been a major focus of educational research in recent years as schools search for ways to help students develop the critical 21st century skills they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The external affairs team is proud to represent Oakbrook Preparatory School at this prestigious event and bring best practices back home to Spartanburg. 


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