Although in Oregon homeschooling families do not have to create an actual school, I just thought it would be fun. My all-time favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia. In the final chapter of The Last Battle, all of our favorite characters find themselves in a new land, that is more real the deeper they go. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful descriptions of spiritual life and the continuing journey that heaven will be.
First they discover that this strange land is actually their beloved Narnia.
It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried:
“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. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”
And yet then beyond that they discover another even more:
“Of course, Daughter of Eve,” said the Faun. “The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside.”
Lucy looked hard at the garden and saw that it was not really a garden but a whole world, with its own rivers and woods and sea and mountains. But they were not strange: she knew them all.
“I see,” she said. “This is still Narnia, and more real and more beautiful then the Narnia down below, just as it was more real and more beautiful than the Narnia outside the stable door! I see… world within world, Narnia within Narnia…”
“Yes,” said Mr Tumnus, “like an onion: except that as you go in and in, each circle is larger than the last.” You can read the whole chapter here…
I decided that this also perfectly described our educational philosophy – always going deeper into truth, sharpening our vision and finding the truer world within the world. We want our girls to look for that country their whole lives, and find it when their lives our over. We want to equip them for that search, and as the good Professor Kirk, who was there at the beginning and the end of Narnia would say, “It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!” In another post I’ll go into why we are starting down the Christian Classical education model.
Then I just thought School for Girls was much more fun than just “school” or “academy.”
Our mascot, of course, will be a Lion rampant.