Great is Thy faithfulness

Friday, 9 Jul 2021

Dear Parents, the words of the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, written by Thomas Chisolm, are an accurate reflection of my gratitude to God for:

  • blessing us with a ‘normal’ term in pandemic times,
  • His sustaining provision for Tyndale Park Christian School over 40 years and
  • the lifegiving transformation that has happened over the years, every time students have accepted the salvation that is graciously ours in Jesus Christ.

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;

As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

 

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

 

It is helpful to understand a little of the history of this hymn. Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960) had a difficult early adult life. His health was so fragile that there were periods of time when he was confined to bed, unable to work. Between bouts of illness he would have to push himself to put in extra hours at various jobs in order to make ends meet. After coming to Christ at age 27, Thomas found great comfort in the Scriptures and in the fact that God was faithful to be his strength in time of illness and weakness, and to provide his needs – inspiring him to write this poem.  Lamentations 3:22-23 was one of his favourite scriptures: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is thy faithfulness.”[1] Here at Tyndale Park Christian School we have also experienced God’s faithfulness in the good and in the challenging times. It is because He is always the same that He is worthy of our worship.

The teachers are grateful for an uninterrupted term that has enabled us to make good academic progress with our students. The staff had three major academic goals this term, i.e. improving Year 1-10 students’ descriptive writing through approaches such as poetry, starting a review of the school’s mathematics curriculum, and implementing strategies for our schoolwide waste minimisation programme.

Our students have also been able to participate in a number of extracurricular activities such as the Chesspower regional chess competitions (Year 1-10; Joseph Lee was the overall winner of the Year 1-6 regional tournament held at our school), an introduction to safety taught by St John in Schools (Year 1-13), the Auckland Christian Schools (ACS) Soccer Tournament (Year 5-10), the Careers Expo 2021 (Year 11-13), the CAM Kiwi Competitions (Year 5-10), the ACS Netball Tournament (Year 5-10) and a visit from a Word of Life outreach team (Year 7-13).

Special thanks to parents, senior students and alumni who have volunteered their time to provide help and supervision at these events and Odessy Buses, who is doing a great job transporting our students to and from events that are off-site. We are also grateful for the extra time and effort Mrs Fisher and her team have put into hosting after-school netball practices prior to the ACS Netball tournament.

We celebrated the school’s 40th birthday on Saturday 29 May with a Family Fun Day, 10 am to 2:30 pm, and a 40th Anniversary Dinner in the evening. Despite some dire weather forecasts, the Lord graciously answered our prayers for a basically rain free day at the school property despite surrounding neighbourhoods experiencing massive downpours. The cold day meant that a lot of great fellowship was had around the different food stalls and students enjoyed the adventure activities, crafts and face painting.

A highlight during the Anniversary Dinner was hearing Mr Bob Guy speak about the vision he had for a Christian school, not only prompting him to donate the land the school was built on but be very involved in the construction of the initial buildings as well – those classrooms are still in use. It was a tremendous encouragement to hear that the Lord has kept Tyndale Park Christian School true to its founder’s vision the past 40 years.

We need to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who have made our 40th anniversary celebration possible! Your labours of love have always been a characteristic of the work at Tyndale Park Christian School.

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). Tyndale Park Christian School is proud to be part of the local community and hope to continue to be a blessing to our neighbourhood as well as the wider East and South Auckland community.

Barend Blom – Principal

School Photo - June 2021

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