We are 40 years old this term!

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Dear Parents, for the past 40 years, Tyndale Park Christian School has assisted parents by providing a Christ-centred education to the glory of God. The school’s founding fathers, and successive generations of trustees, have all been passionate about the importance of independent, Christian education. So, what is Christian education? Let me try to give an answer.

In Christian education, there is an understanding that humans are made in God’s image and therefore have intrinsic worth. Other approaches to education tend to pursue a “survival of the fittest mentality” with the unfortunate societal outcome of governments passing new legislation around the world that only respects the “healthy” or those who are “loud enough” to make their voice heard.

In Christian education students learn that God loves us, and therefore takes care of us and provides everything we need, Jesus Christ is our Saviour and King, and the Holy Spirit teaches us all truth and comforts us. Students learn that hard work done to an excellent standard do not make them acceptable to God, but it does glorify God, the latter bringing more fulfilment than the physical rewards of hard work. Other approaches to education tend to encourage economic systems that seem to create an ever-increasing rich-poor divide, i.e. gaining physical reward at the expense of others and self.

In Christian education we understand that God designed and created the world in a specific way and that the problems in the world are caused by us not following His Manual, the Bible. Other approaches to education teach that we are evolving into more complex versions of ourselves and that technology will make / enable us to become “better” despite strong evidence suggesting the contrary …

In Christian education we know that Jesus is coming again, our relationship with Jesus trumps any other desire or ideal and our lives have eternal meaning and purpose as we live according to the principles recorded in the Scriptures. Other approaches to education primarily prepare students for careers and relationships that will hopefully give meaning to life and enable them to contribute to the advancement of mankind.

In summary: in Christian education we understand that our students are in school because they are being equipped to better understand God’s Word and, in doing so, they are being prepared to be led by the Holy Spirit to a holy adoration and worship of God the Father through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ, with the wonderful secondary outcome that they will be prepared to take their place in society and make a positive difference by building God’s Kingdom as they solve the complex problems of our time with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for partnering with us for your child(ren)’s education. We believe, with you, that the Lord has great plans for their future.

As you are aware, on the 25th of May the school will celebrate its 40th birthday. We are incredibly grateful to God for the way in which He has faithfully led and sustained the school the past four decades. If you are subscribed to our Facebook or Instagram accounts, you may have seen that we plan on celebrating the school’s birthday Saturday 29 May with a Family Fun Day, 10 am to 2:30 pm, and a 40th Anniversary Dinner (limited tickets and adults only), 6 pm. Present families are warmly invited to attend these events and invite friends and extended family along. Please diarise this event! If you have any questions, please email us at admin@tyndalepark.school.nz.

We need your help on the day!

  • Are you willing to volunteer for a limited period at one of the Family Fun Day activities? We need more volunteers to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to participate in the festivities.
  • We are urgently looking for a volunteer photographer and/or videographer to record our Family Fun Day, from around 9:30 am until about 3:00 pm.
  • We need another person (or the same person if you are willing) as a volunteer photographer and videographer for the 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner from 5:30 pm until the end of the event – if you volunteer for this responsibility, you will be offered one complimentary ticket.

We are also advertising the events on the Newstalk ZB Community Noticeboard and on the ‘What’s On’ Noticeboard of LifeFM and Radio Rhema. Please let us know if you have heard the ads! Thank you in advance for your help.

Barend Blom – Principal

TPCS in 2003 - spot the differences!

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