May 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 5 Term 2

Hastings Christian School

29 May 2024

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Tālofa lava! This week is Samoan language week. It was lovely to be able to celebrate this with the primary students at their assembly this week as they sang a beautiful Samoan song. This was followed by two of our Samoan pupils teaching us a traditional Mili mili. We also were blessed with an item from the B1 students who sang a song in Afrikaans.

Our associate principal Jonathan Marinus, tied all these cultural celebrations together nicely, following the hymn ‘Across the Lands,’ by making the observation that God‘s family is made up of people from every tribe, nation and people group (Revelation 7:9.)

All these cultural celebrations culminated in a presentation from the Kimi ora Kura (school) Samoan group. This was led by one of our very own parents and supported by two of our pupils - Omega and Miracle. Following this we were treated to a performance from a Tama Akina, a Samoan group from Hastings Boys High School. As you will see in the video below, they presented a fire dance!

Later this term, we will have the opportunity to recognise our own Kiwi culture during the month when Matariki is celebrated. Our plan is to hold a low key opt-in breakfast on Friday the 28th of June where there will be a time for reflection on the past year that will involve singing, prayer and a short meditation from God’s Word. We also hope to have a few items as appropriate.

As culturally embedded people we recognise the season of Matariki as a uniquely Kiwi way to acknowledge the time and place we find ourselves. As a leadership team we see this as an important educational opportunity to bring the truth of God’s Word to bear on this event. Our conviction is that we can and must speak God’s truth into our culture in the same way that Paul did when he spoke to the Athenians at the Areopagus in Acts 17. In ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17‬:‭22‬-‭23‬ we read ‭”So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

We also see this as an important opportunity to apply the principle of our school verse which says, ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.’ Romans 12:2b.

I will share more information about how we plan on recognising this event in upcoming newsletters.

Fire Dancing Video


Teacher Only Days/early finishes this term

Please take note of two teacher only days this term.

Friday 31 May - Special Character Training day for staff (whole school closed)
Tuesday 4th June - Professional development for staff (whole school closed)

Careers Expo

Our Year 12 students recently had the opportunity to talk face-to-face with a wide range of employers, industry, government departments, and training providers at this year's New Zealand Careers Expo.

Massey, Lincoln, Otago, Victoria, Waikato, AUT, and Canterbury universities had their specialist liaison officers available to talk to our students considering heading to university. Our local EIT was also well-represented to discuss the degrees, diplomas, and certificates they offer.

There were also representatives from a range of industries such as tourism, electrical, forestry, aviation, and the defence force. Private companies with specialist recruitment programs such as Downers, Silver Fern Farms, Talley Deep Sea Fish, NZ Health, and the Department of Corrections were also onsite. The police recruitment team is always a favourite for our students to engage with.

Students came away with materials and connections to start them thinking about their future career pathways. If your child has further questions, each provider has their own website or liaison team to touch base with. Or feel free to chat with Mrs Nicoll, our school’s Careers Advisor.

Vietnam Tour 2026 Information Evening

Mrs Andrews is running an information evening for another potential trip to Vietnam. Students and parents who are currently in year 9-11 and would like to hear more, please sign up for the evening event.

Sign up for information evening

Exam Centre Manager Vacancy

HCS is looking for a new Exam Centre Manager. The position involves managing the administration of running all our NZQA examinations, which are from 5-29 November 2024. This is a paid position, contracted and paid for by NZQA. You will also need to recruit and train examination supervisors for sessions with multiple rooms.

The ECM must have a high level of organisational skills with great attention to detail,
strength in following processes precisely and confidence leading people of all ages.

The position requires you to complete an online training programme and attend a one-day
training session with NZQA in August. The position requires you to complete a number of
administrative tasks to plan and prepare for the exams. You must be available to work for
the entire exam period (Tuesday 5 November to Friday 29 November). In late October, the successful applicant will need to receive examination booklets and process them

The qualities we are looking for in an ECM are:
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and within deadlines
  • Well organised and methodical
  • Integrity beyond question
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Firm but fair management of teenagers
If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. If you know of someone who would be ideal for this position, please pass this information on to them. A full job description is available on request.

Applications need to be in writing addressed to Anita Nieuwland, Principal’s Secretary a.nieuwland@hcs.school.nz. Please include details of relevant work experience, or skills relating to the qualities listed above. Closing date for applications is 31 May 2024.

Vietnam Cultural Trip 2024

Sharing our journey: Part 4

Pizza Lunches

No pizza this week - teacher only day

Order before school outside the staff room on Friday mornings. $1.50 per piece, cheesy garlic, pepperoni or ham and cheese. Gluten Free $2.00 per slice.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 31st May - Teacher Only Day (whole school closed)
  • Tuesday 4th of June - Teacher Only Day (whole school closed)
  • Wednesday 12th June - E1 Bakesale for the persecuted church
  • Thursday/Friday 13/14th June - Secondary Sports Exchange at HCS
  • Tuesday 18th - Open Afternoon
  • Tuesday 18th - Y12/13 History trip