Welcome to Term 2, 2018

Monday, 30 Apr 2018

30 April 2018

Dear Parents

At the end of term 1, I had the privilege of participating in the New Zealand Association of Christian Schools’ (NZACS) Leaders Conference. NZACS represents 66 Christian schools across New Zealand. The theme of the conference was “taonga” (treasure) and through insightful keynote presentations, workshops and networking conversations we reflected on how to best steward the treasure God has entrusted to us in the Christian education movement, i.e. the students.

One of the keynote speakers was Dr Dan Egeler, the president of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Dr Egeler grew up in Tanzania where his parents were missionaries. He served for 13 years in Ecuador as a teacher, principal and academy director in an international Christian school. He is finishing up his term as president of ACSI and he will be joining the faculty of Grand Canyon University, one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the USA.

Dr Egeler has challenged the Christian schools in New Zealand to grow healthy Christian communities. Healthy Christian communities are characterised by hospitalitygratitudetruth telling and promise keeping. “Hospitality” helps community members to feel valued, “gratitude” reminds them that God is their faithful provider, “truth telling” develops transparent relationships built on trust, and “promise keeping” builds character. These four cornerstones of Christian community anchor the character that our students will need to strive for the academic excellence and Christian service that will make a lasting difference in this world, importantly for the glory of God. At Tyndale Park Christian School, we are aiming to create an environment in which our students can discover and develop hospitality, gratitude, truth telling and promise keeping. I want to encourage you to find ways you can celebrate these values at home too.

The other keynote speaker was Tony George. Tony is the principal of The King’s School in Sydney, Australia. Tony is a missionary kid who has grown up in Malawi. He has significant experience in schools, not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Tony is busy with doctoral studies that specifically focus on understanding, validating and promoting the contribution that Christian education provides in contemporary societies. He encouraged us that the goal of a Christ-centred Education is to establish and build a Christian community of trust. Christian education pursues Truth, as it is represented by the Person of Jesus (“I am the way, the truth, and the life” – John 14:6), so that our knowledge might validate and strengthen our trust. At Tyndale Park Christian School, we are building a community of trust on the solid foundation of God’s Word. We constantly remind our students that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image, for a specific purpose, and that living according to His principles will enable them to pursue academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God.

Three schools (Chapman College, Timaru Christian School and Tyndale Park Christian School) were asked to share their story at the NZACS Leaders Conference and I had the opportunity to tell the audience about Tyndale Park Christian School’s journey the past 37 years. Afterwards, the attendees prayed for the school. I am looking forward to all that God has in store for us in Term 2 and beyond. Thank you for partnering with us!

Barend Blom

Principal

Isaiah 40:8

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