The Driestar College in brief.
The Driestar College is a Christian secondary school. The teachers and students come from a number of Reformed Churches. The Driestar is now a large school with nearly 4200 students and just under 400 staff.
The school started in 1944 in Krabbendijke as a teachers training college. Because of the disastrous floods of 1953 the school moved to Gouda in 1954. In the 1960's the school expanded with a secondary school. In the 1990's it split into a secondary school called the “Driestar College” and into a teachers training college called “Driestar Educatief”. The continuous growth of the Driestar College led to the establishment of two separate regional branches in Leiden and Lekkerkerk.
The main branch in Gouda caters for all educational streams. (See url for information on educational streams in the Netherlands).
The Logo of the school is a three (Dutch= drie) pointed star. This represents the fact that the school would like to be in the middle of family, church and society. The school receives its pupils from the families of Reformed Churches and stands in a particular relationship to these Reformed Churches. From this background the school would like to prepare its students for a place within modern Dutch society.
As Dutch society is changing, the Driestar College is changing as well but continually looking at these developments critically in the light of God's Word. Together as students, teachers and administrators we form a learning community trying to find not only a Christian world and life-view but also a Christian way of living amongst the complexities of modern life.
In this search we stand in a particular Christian tradition. In Dutch this is known as “Reformatorisch”. This is a puritan stream within the reformed tradition that places an emphasis on a personally experienced faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The ground on which we stand in life and faith is the Bible. We use the three forms of unity, namely the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, as a guide to understanding the Bible. Teachers and parents or carers are expected to subscribe to these three forms of unity and usually belong to Reformed churches with the same basis.
Despite the differences one thing remains very clear for these churches: the Bible is the infallible Word of God. It is there that we meet God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, sent to this world to save sinners, and the Holy Spirit, who applies the work of the Father and Son to the lives of believers.
As can be expected from a school committed to the best possible education to the students some other things mark this school as well:
- our attention to the student as an individual,
- offering each student maximal choice and development opportunities within the various
streams that the Dutch schooling system offers,
- paying special attention to dyslexic children, gifted children, children who suffer from
performance anxiety or who are socially weak,