2018: A journey of improvement

Friday, 14 Dec 2018

Dear parents, Tyndale Park Christian School assists parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God. In partnership with you, our vision is to develop and nurture students who will become people who will understand how to live their lives within the life-giving boundaries God has put in place through His sovereign wisdom, communicated to us through His Word, so that they will be able to confidently take their place in God’s Kingdom and society, standing up for what is true and right - or as it is stated in our official profile of a Tyndale Park Christian School student, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

God has placed Tyndale Park Christian School strategically in the Flat Bush and Ormiston area. It is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Auckland and I believe God wants us to be part of the Kingdom-building efforts that are happening in the area already. As such, we have an unwavering commitment to Christ-centred education, using resources that are designed to present the different subject areas from a Christian worldview perspective. We aim to use teaching approaches that are based on Scriptural and research-informed strategies from both internal and external sources.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the learning outcomes for our students, but we are doing it carefully to ensure we are not delivering an education driven by fads but rather informed by Scripture and well-supported research. However, it is important that the resources and content are relevant - ensuring our students are prepared for the futureGod has for them and not for our past. Here are a few examples of ways we are trying to ensure we provide a relevant education built on the foundation of God’s Word:

  • New textbooks and teaching materials for English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
  • Remodelling the library to make it a more bookworm-friendly place
  • Completion of our sports field
  • Conservation of our native forest by purposely replanting native trees and shrubs, removing non-native plant species and creating walkways and outdoor classroom seating areas
  • A class set of tablets to facilitate the development of a digital media creation and computational thinking curriculum

We want to improve the quality and make the most of these teaching resources because it will ensure we provide the education that will prepare our children for the promising future God has planned for them.

With the aforementioned factors in mind, as well as a rising cost of living in Auckland that puts a strain on our limited resources, the Trust Board wants to invite our community to partner with us financially in 2019. It is our hope that this partnership will go beyond the necessary, inflation-related increase in tuition fees. What does this financial partnership look like? To ensure we limit necessary increases in tuition fees for 2019, we need to raise at least $10,000 in donations in the first half of next year.

Now I realise that all of us are feeling the pinch of living in Auckland. However, what I want to ask you, is whether you are able to find a place in your budget to set aside some money to help us reach the $10,000 goal by Wednesday 3 July 2019 (a quick update: we are 16.5% on the way to this goal because our community has already started responding after the Thanksgiving address! Thank you community). Even a gold coin a week will make a difference! All donations will be eligible for a donation receipt of course. If you have any questions about this, I encourage you to visit the “Support Us” section of our website or to make an appointment with me to discuss the matter further. We believe in the kind of giving that Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver”.

A valid question that you may have is, “What has TPCS done to accomplish its mission this year?” I encourage you to visit our website and watch our most recent school video – it is on the Home page. You will also be able to get a good idea of what happened this year by visiting our Facebook page or subscribing to our YouTube channel (links to our social media presence are on the Home page of our website).

Last, but not least, the past two weeks the staff and I have encouraged our students to stand up for the real reason behind Christmas: the birth of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. If you go into shopping malls or watch advertisements on the Internet or TV, it becomes evident that the world has turned Christmas into a godless, materialistic festival that involves an overindulgence in food and things. I have encouraged our students to take a stand and to remind everyone in their world that “… unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). It is our prayer that the school holiday will be a blessed time for you and your family, remembering the birth of our Saviour and spending quality family time. We look forward to seeing you again on Monday 4 February 2019!

Barend Blom

Principal

A journey of improvement

p 09 274 9771   e admin@tyndalepark.school.nz   a 206 Murphys Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019