Dear friends and family of Black Forest Academy,

I welcome you to the 19/20 school year here at BFA.  We celebrate 63 years of educational excellence and partnership with Christian workers around the globe.

I would like to share with you a few thoughts from my recent address at our Opening Ceremony. 

I enjoy the quote from The Last Battle in the Narnia series

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now … come further up, come further in!” 

We are in the education business, but it is much more than tests, notepaper, text books and a diploma   The word ‘education’ defines itself with its Latin root and prefix.

  • The latin root duct means movement [e.g. conduct]
  • The prefix e means out of [e.g. exit]

Therefore, when one becomes educated – truly educated, not just in possession of a diploma – he/she has ventured down new avenues of thinking that have a transformational effect upon the person and, in turn, that person’s influence in the world.

You have opportunity at BFA for a transformational adventure down unexplored avenues.  A journey in thinking globally and learning how to act locally. Opportunity to learn and practice skills to influence your world in biblical thought, character and action.   Our unique annual education program encompasses academics, sports, fine/performing arts, field-trips, service project trips, and more.  BFA is a space where you can live presently, participate, try out new activities and relationships.

You don’t change when you graduate; you should have already been changing in order to graduate well.

Welcome to Black Forest Academy.

Gavin Brettenny
BFA Head of School