Christian education in turbulent times

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

Dear Parents, if you are new to Tyndale Park Christian School, we want to extend you a very warm welcome. We also want you to know that you are an answer to our prayers: we have been asking the Lord to increase our numbers and believe that God, being the loving Father He is, has inspired each one of you to partner with us for the education of your child(ren). Tyndale Park Christian School assists parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God. Our teaching and learning programme develops a Christian worldview in our students that keeps the God of the Bible at the centre of everything we do, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). We do not encourage religion but a relationship with the living God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Our vision for our students is that they will study and do their best to present themselves to God approved, workers who have no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling, intentionally living out and skillfully teaching the Word of truth (paraphrase of 2 Timothy 2:15). 

Christian education in turbulent times

It has been quite challenging to watch the news lately. Our nation has been rocked by both national, Whakaari Island’s eruption, and international tragedy, Novel Coronavirus, to name just two of many disturbing news items. Some of our families have worked through, or are still working through, personal challenges of illness and tragedy. We believe a Christian education offers our students and their families the knowledge and wisdom needed to negotiate challenging times.

A Christian worldview offers a coherent answer to, arguably, the four fundamental questions in life, i.e. questions about origins, meaning, morality and destiny. It helps students understand that they are valuable beyond measure because not only have we been made in God’s image but God has also made each one of us for a purpose: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). It is our hope and prayer that every student will leave Tyndale Park Christian School with a clear understanding of these important truths so that they can make a positive impact in the communities God will call them to, wherever that may be.

Goals for 2020

This year, the staff and I hope to consolidate the progress we have made with

  • our literacy improvement initiative, especially since we have two “new” classes in 2020, i.e. a Year 1-2 and a Year 3-4 class;
  • the review and restructuring of our science curriculum;
  • the implementation of new maths curriculum resources in Years 1-7. We also hope to start the process of transitioning to a new maths curriculum for Years 8 to 10. 

We will start reviewing the culture (a.k.a. social studies) curriculum for Year 1-8, and we have introduced a “new” subject for Years 9-10 called Digital Technologies, with an end goal of equipping students with the skills they need to help them solve problems creatively with digital technologies.

We are also starting to restructure our Year 11-13 programme by adopting a new certificate framework created by the Christian Education New Zealand Foundation Trust (CENZ), approved by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara. Todd Roughton (Administrative Officer of CENZ) will explain the CENZ High School Certificate Framework at the Parent Orientation this coming Thursday, 20 February. The Tyndale Park Christian School Trust Board believes the new framework recognises students’ God-given potential and differences and prepares our students very well for the next season in their lives here in New Zealand.

We are partnering with MMM New Zealand to give our library and student bathrooms a much-needed facelift during the April holiday. If you are a tradesman who is willing to volunteer your time from 14 to 24 April 2020 (approximate dates) and want to know more about MMM New Zealand, please contact me as soon as possible.

The importance of community - can you help?

I believe one of our school’s strengths is its community and we need everyone’s help to raise our children to be ambassadors for Christ. Are you able to assist us with one of the following opportunities, or do you know someone who may be able to help?

  • Parents, Parents-in-Prayer started last week. We encourage you to join our group of praying parents because your prayers have made a real difference, e.g. our school’s roll will be over 150 students by the end of February, a magnificent answer to prayer! Parents-in-Prayer met on a Thursday at 9.00 am or 2:30 pm last year. Are you keen to join us again or to join for the first time? Please meet in the staff room this coming Thursday, 20 February, at 2:30 pm to be part of this important ministry.
  • Do you love sports? Do you like working with teenagers? There are a few opportunities to improve the learning outcomes for our students in sports.
  • The Year 9 to 13 Physical Education class needs another adult volunteer who is passionate about physical education and who can commit to assisting us every Friday between 2 pm and 3 pm.
  • The Auckland Christian Schools (ACS) Touch Rugby Tournament is Wednesday 11 March. We need coaches for our teams. Are you able to help, please? You may need to volunteer about one hour a week of your time until the tournament date.
  • We appreciate all of the parents who regularly volunteer to assist us with school trips, and we will need your help again in 2020.
  • Do you have skills in maintenance, e.g. carpentry, plumbing, electricity and gardening, and are you willing to donate some of your time towards the maintenance of the school? Please let me know how you can help.
  • Are you able and willing to make an extra donation towards improving our facilities and equipment as we strive to encourage academic excellence? Tyndale Park Christian School is a non-for-profit Charitable Trust and any donations that are made to the school are eligible for a 33% refund from IRD (if you want to know more about tax rebates, please let us know). Please come and see me if you are interested in how a donation can help our school or support a student.
  • We are advertising for a librarian (a 1 hour a week commitment at this stage) for 2020. The ideal candidate is someone who is organised, loves books and enjoys acts of service.
  • We are also looking for a half-day office administrator. The ideal candidate is organised and knows how to take initiative. It will also be very helpful (but not necessarily essential) that the person has a good understanding of business administration, including payroll, processing GST and financial statements, and possibly marketing.
  • Is there any other way you can help the school achieve its mission and vision? Please let me know what you have in mind.

Conclusion

If you have read everything so far, thank you! As always, we value your feedback and please do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions for, or any concerns about, your children’s learning.

Barend Blom

Principal

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God is our Lighthouse in turbulent times

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