Welcome back and welcome new students!

Saturday, 10 Feb 2018

Dear Parents, Tyndale Park Christian School exists to assist 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 relationship and we believe that makes all the difference.

Welcome to all of our new families!

We praise God for every new family who has decided to partner with us from 2018 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 we know He has for them. We even had to reorganise our classes to make space for all of our new students and to ensure that we do not compromise on the quality of the teaching and learning at Tyndale Park Christian School. 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.

Raising academic achievement

In our efforts to encourage academic achievement, we will focus on two aspects of teaching and learning in 2018.

  1. We hope to improve the culture of scientific inquiry across the school with almost all students from Year 1 to 13 participating in our science fair on 30 July 2018. Year 1 to 5 students will be working on class or group projects (i.e. no individual projects) whereas Year 6 – 13 students will be working on individual projects.
  2. Our primary classes will all be adopting a consistent behaviour management programme called the “Traffic Light System”. More information about this programme can be found in students’ Weekly Record Books.

We are also making small tweaks to our high school programme (Years 11 to 13) to improve its quality. These changes are based on informal feedback gathered from present and former students as well as observations of the programme in 2017.

  • We are introducing a more focused approach in our digital literacy programme, with higher (but reasonable) expectations of students in our ICT (formerly known as IM) and ICDL courses, that will better equip them for the New Zealand work market.
  • We hope to improve academic excellence in our high school science curriculum by asking all high school students who will be completing science PACEs in 2018 to engage in a scientific inquiry (science fair project). We are facilitating this by setting aside one hour a week in Years 11 to 13 for students to work on and plan their scientific inquiry. A scientific inquiry or science fair project enables students to develop critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills that are much needed in the New Zealand work force (as communicated to me by the former Associate Dean of Business at the Manukau Institute of Technology, Dr Lehan Stemmet).

The importance of community

I believe one of our school’s strengths is its community and it will take the whole TPCS village to raise our children to be ambassadors for Christ wherever God is going to use them or is using them already. We appreciate all of the parents who regularly volunteer to assist us with school trips and we will need your help again in 2018.

Are you able to volunteer for one of the following opportunities or do you know someone who may be able to volunteer?

  • 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, 15 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 Care class is substantially larger this year (42 students) and another adult helper who is passionate about physical education and who can commit to assisting us every Friday between 2 pm and 3 pm will be greatly appreciated.
  • The Auckland Christian Schools (ACS) Touch Rugby Tournament is Wednesday 14 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.
  • The first ACS Cricket Tournament is on Wednesday 21 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.
  • 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.

In conclusion, my prayer for every family

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” – Ephesians 4:14-21

Barend Blom

Principal

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The road ahead

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