Due to the State of Emergency that has been declared by the NS Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, all schools and licensed early education and childcare facilities – including both HCA campuses – were forced to close.

At present, the government mandate is in effect until May 1, 2020 and both HCA campuses will remain closed until the closure order is lifted and access granted.

Despite this unexpected action, HCA continues to deliver discipleship-infused education to our school age students, keeping Armdale students on track through our HCA@Home learning platform, and Timberlea Pre-Primary and Primary students through a combination of digital delivery and take home activities. We are very thankful that HCA Armdale had a two week March break planned already, and that we will successfully finish what we began last September.

Through our HCA@Home system, all students will complete their current grade and be well prepared to advance to their next grade in September 2020.

Further, we are pleased that our graduating students will indeed complete their year, fulfill their graduation requirements, graduate, retain all their post-secondary entrance requirements, and be prepared to take their college campuses by storm for Jesus.

HCA thanks the team that has worked so diligently to bring HCA@Home to bear, and we stand ready to support our students and parents as we all make the transition to a new learning context.

We look forward to resuming our normal on campus activities once the Covid pandemic has passed. God is bigger and He is our strength.

If you are curious about the vision and mission of HCA, or are interested in learning more about how HCA could become a blessing to your students and family, our office and admissions personnel remain on the job (from home), and would love to receive your email (

Blessings to all. Be safe, and lean into Him for strength.

Shaun E. Alspach
Head of School

Meet The Principal

Dr. Aubrey J. Penney
Principal, Halifax Christian Academy
August 2019

Aubrey assumed principalship at Halifax Christian Academy after moving from Kingston, Ontario. His experience includes twenty-five plus years of school leadership and almost ten years of corporate ownership. He began his career in education with the Pentecostal Assemblies Board of Education and moved to Kingston, Ontario to continue in Christian education after public funding for the Pentecostal school system was discontinued in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a graduate from Memorial University, his education includes a B.A. and B. Ed. in Junior/Senior High School and a Masters in Educational Administration with a thesis studying multi-grade teaching and learning. He is also a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Doctorate in Educational Administration with his dissertation focusing on teaching and learning in a multi-age classroom. His research and study regarding multi-age grouping informs his philosophy of differentiated teaching and learning. During his time in education while in Ontario, Dr. Penney also completed the required courses for the Ontario Principal’s Qualification Program.

Dr. Penney had the privilege of being raised in a Christian family and attended a Christian day school from grades Kindergarten through high school. With a deep love for children and teens in Christian education, he is very excited to be in leadership at Halifax Christian Academy where the vision is “transforming lives through dynamic Christ-centered education and discipleship”.