End-of-term Goodbyes and Reflection

Dear Parents, in Ecclesiastes 3 we read “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. This verse is especially true for two of our staff members who will not be with us in Term 3 and I want to take this opportunity to give a short explanation of the season that each one of them is in.

When Miss Anna Roughton came to us two and a half years ago, she was very upfront about the fact that God has called her to Kenya and that she saw her time at Tyndale as a season that the Lord had ordained to continue preparing her for the role she believed He had for her there. Her season at Tyndale Park Christian School has now concluded: God has opened a door for her to teach at the Elim Kindergarten in Howick. She has decided to teach at a kindergarten because the school in Kenya, that she eventually hopes to work at, starts with three-year-old children and she wants to be adequately prepared to work with children of that age. Tyndale has been blessed to have Miss Roughton as a teacher and she will be sorely missed by her students and colleagues. We pray God’s richest blessings on her journey with the Lord. We are in the midst of recruiting a replacement for Miss Roughton and we are trusting the Lord to bring us the right person for the job. As soon as a new appointment has been made, I will let you know via email.

Mr Lester Vivian and his family will be away during Term 3 on a well-deserved and needed compassionate leave to catch up with family in Austria. The Vivians haven’t been able to visit their family in Europe for more than a decade. We are excited with the Vivians that God has opened a door of opportunity for them to pursue this overdue visit. Our prayers go with the Vivians and we know that the Lord will protect and refresh them while they are away. We are trusting the Lord to provide us with the right person for term 3. God is faithful!

There are also a few families who God is leading to pursue adventures in new locations and we wish each one of you God’s richest blessings on your transition and future. It was a privilege to have you be a part of our community and we will miss you.

The Foundation of Scripture

Today, as in any other time of history, parents and educators echo David’s question in Psalm 119, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” David’s answer to his own question is quite clear, “by taking heed thereto according to thy word”.

The only way our children can do what God’s Word says, is if they memorise and read God’s Word. David says later in the Psalm, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. I want to encourage you to help your children make time to read God’s Word. Perhaps you can decide on some family memory verses too and start memorising these verses over the holiday. You may be pleasantly surprised to see what difference it will make to your home.

There are other reasons to read and memorise God’s Word. The Word helps us to answer those who want to know why we follow Jesus by helping us have confidence in God’s agape love and His plan for our salvation (Ps 119:41-42). It helps us make decisions by making the options clearer to us (Psalm 119:105). It gives us hope and security when we are tempted to be afraid (Psalm 119:114). God’s Word is worth reading, especially since the historicity, authenticity, and reliability of the Scriptures are undeniable and can be easily verified. There are many scholars that have written on this topic and one that comes to mind is “The New Testament Books: Are They Reliable?” by F. F. Bruce.

Tyndale Park Christian School’s mission is “to assist parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God”. Our curriculum is built on a Scriptural foundation and we will continue to refine and improve it as the Holy Spirit instructs and leads us. Please pray with us that we will be able to clearly discern God’s heart and vision for our school.

Christian Service

This term our year 9 to 13 students were able to do a neighbourhood clean-up and some of our students helped us plant some fruit trees donated by one of our families, some examples of acts of Christian service. We hope to continue building opportunities for Christian service into our curriculum because the Scriptures are so clear: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). James go on to say that “pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27a) and Micah explains it even clearer, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8). Jesus’ life was an example of service. We hope to instill this attitude of service in our students. If you have any ideas of how our students can serve the Flat Bush or South Auckland community, please contact me.

In Conclusion

On behalf of the staff at Tyndale Park Christian School, I want to wish you a blessed, restful winter holiday and we look forward to partnering with you again next term.

Blessings,

Barend Blom

Principal

Planting Trees

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