Off we go!

Friday, 8 Feb 2019

Dear parents, 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 skilfully teaching the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). 

Raising academic achievement

In our efforts to encourage academic achievement, we will specifically focus on the improvement of our literacy programme in 2019. We have managed to acquire the services of a literacy consultant with five decades of teaching experience and she has already inspired the staff with her infectious enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and her passion for developing thinking in the next generation. We believe our students are going to benefit greatly from this investment in their learning.

We continue to tweak our secondary programme to improve its quality. Tyndale Park Christian School is now registered as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Unit. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a leadership development programme for students 14 years and older. Students have to volunteer to participate in the programme. It consists of four sections, i.e. service, skill, physical recreation, adventurous journeys and residential projects, and it supports our school’s vision and mission very well. Please contact Mrs Ida de Boer, the Unit Leader, or the office if you need more information. 

Improvement of our facilities

By this time, you are aware that during the holiday our driveway has been upgraded. This is part of Auckland Transport’s upgrade of the section of Murphys Road between Ormiston Road and Flat Bush School Road. We are thankful for the improvement it is making to the access of our property and the safety of our students.

New Driveway February 2019

Our sports fields are also in the last stages of its development. A professional sports field developer (the company is responsible for some of the maintenance at Eden Park) is busy contouring the field to ensure proper drainage and will be sowing grass late summer / early autumn. We can’t wait for the students to start using the field!

Sports Field February 2019

The importance of community

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?

  • Mothers, Moms-in-Prayer made a successful start last year and the mothers’ prayers had made a real difference. Moms-in-Prayer met on a Thursday at 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, 14 February, at 2:30 pm to kick off this important ministry.
  • Do you love sport? Do you like working with teenagers? The high school 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 13 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 2019.
  • 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. Please come and see me if you are interested in how a donation can help our school. This year we are encouraging our community to help us raise at least $10,000 by the end of Term 2, 3 July 2019, to keep tuition fee increases to a minimum. We want to thank the members of our community who have already given towards this goal. We have raised almost $2,000 so far!
  • Is there any other way you can help the school achieve its mission and vision? Please let me know what you have in mind.

Welcome to all of our new families!

We praise God for every new family who has decided to partner with us from 2019 onwards. We are excited to start the journey with you and your children to discover how God has made them, as well as prepare them for the plans and purposes He has for them. We keep on needing to reorganise our classes to make space for our new students and to ensure that we do not compromise on the quality of the teaching and learning at Tyndale Park Christian School. Please keep spreading the word about TPCS! 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

Photo credits: Photo of hands holding map from Foter.com

Join us on the 2019 learning journey

p 09 274 9771   e admin@tyndalepark.school.nz   a 206 Murphys Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019