End of term reflection

Friday, 13 Apr 2018

Dear Parents, this term the staff and I focused on one aspect of the mission statement, i.e. “Tyndale Park Christian School exists to assist parents”. “Assisting parents” means that we recognise that parents have the primary responsibility for their children’s spiritual formation and education, i.e. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) and “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). It also means that Tyndale Park Christian School is in partnership with you as we assist you with the education of your children.

“Partnership” implies clear, transparent communication to ensure that (1) we really hear the concerns you may have about your children’s education and (2) that you clearly understand our assessment of your children’s progress. We have regularly asked ourselves this term what we can do to improve our communication with you. We recognise that we are not perfect and that there is always room for improvement. However, we strive for excellence in everything that we do at Tyndale Park Christian School because we believe God has called us to be excellent.

I want to thank everyone of you who has talked to a teacher or myself, raising academic concerns or making us aware of students’ achievements outside of school. Regular communication strengthens our relationship and develops community. The staff and I can only improve our practice if you communicate with us regularly. I believe by making an intentional effort to work on our partnership we glorify God by establishing an educational environment in which your children, our students, can thrive and discover God’s plan and purpose for them.

Looking back

When we look back on this term, God’s involvement in our School is quite evident. We had a blessed Parent Orientation Evening, our teachers had great professional learning opportunities, our touch rugby teams did really well at the ACS Touch Rugby Tournament, our students had a lot of fun practising their athletic skills at our annual Athletics Day, some of the students in our senior class had a fabulous tramping trip, and it became obvious, as I signed students’ report cards, that lots of social and academic learning took place.

I thank God for the privilege of serving this community. Our teachers really care for every student, something that becomes obvious when you read through teachers’ insightful report card comments.

Saying goodbye

At the end of this term we are saying goodbye to Miss Lynda Muir who started at Tyndale Park Christian School April 1993! Miss Muir has left in an indelible mark on every aspect of our school, even though that never was her intention. However, when someone serves others as selflessly as she has done the past 25 years, your acts of service becomes your legacy. I am indebted to Miss Muir for the way in which she has made my adjustment to Tyndale Park Christian School a joy. All the present students and teachers as well as former students and teachers will miss her. We pray God’s richest blessings on the next chapter in her life: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We are also saying goodbye to Miss Poia who has made our new entrants feel welcome since February 2008. We will miss her loving, calm but firm demeanour. All of the teachers have been inspired by the way she runs her classroom. Her love for God and the clear way in which she has shared with her students and the rest of the school community that “the thief (the devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) have made an impact on us all. The next chapter in her life will in many ways be a practical application of this verse as she and her sister start a new ministry, supported by a book they have just completed. I encourage you to ask her about it!

There are also a few families who God is moving to new adventures and we pray God’s richest blessings on their transition to new communities and schools. We will miss the students who are leaving us!

Welcome!

We want to welcome Mrs Hannelie van der Linde as our new school secretary. Most of you will have met her this term as she has worked alongside Miss Muir in the office. We look forward to having you with us the next 25 years … or as long as the Lord wants you to be with us …

We also want to extend a warm welcome to Mrs Patricia Fowlie who is taking over from Miss Poia next term. She has spent a significant amount of time in the Year 1 classroom this term and we are blessed to have someone step into this role who already knows the students and the classroom routines. I told Mrs Fowlie this week that we are looking forward to her “filling her own shoes” since it is impossible for someone to fill someone else’s shoes. God has made every one of us different but each one of us has a specific role to fulfill in the body of Christ. We praise God for taking care of our staffing needs.

Identity

I want to make a bold request: this holiday, please remind your children daily that the Creator of the universe is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (Psalm 103:8). He loves them. They have been made in His image (Genesis 1:26) which means that in God’s eyes each one of them is valuable. They are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and God even knows the number of hairs on their heads (Luke 12:7)! God has a plan and a purpose for them (Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28).

We hope that you will enjoy spending time together as a family this school holiday. We look forward to continuing with you and your children on their learning journey in Term 2.

Barend Blom - Principal

Miss Muir (25 years) and Miss Poia (10 years)

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