June 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 6 Term 2

Hastings Christian School

5 June 2024


This year‘s Board of Proprietor Special Character teacher day had not one, but two keynote speakers. Last Friday the teachers became the students as they listened to Conrad Mbewe, one of the Riverbend Bible Church Impact Bible Conference speakers. Conrad has pastored at the Reformed Baptist Church in Zambia since 1987. His challenge to the staff was on the importance of listening to God's word. Conrad made the point that the noise of the world can often drown out the voice of God as He speaks to us through His Word. He reminded us, from Psalm 1, that the person who knows God‘s blessing is the one who, walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Conrad’s message was perfectly complemented by what Dr Bev Norsworthy shared with us during the rest of the day. Her first session explored the implications of listening well for living. She did this by answering the questions, ‘Why is it important to listen well, in what ways, and to what, do we need to listen? The second session explored the implications of listening well for teachers and the final slot focused on the implications for teaching.

A few of the many take-aways from the day include:

  • “A speaking God invites a listening people and a listening God invites a speaking people.”
  • “I have found in my experience that the art of listening is really the art of loving, and that, in a real way, listening to others can be far more powerful as a transforming agent than speaking.” Dr Tom Neal
  • Proverbs 18:13 He who answers before listening that is his folly and shame.
  • “Listen or your tongue will make you deaf.” Native American proverb.
  • One of the more moving illustrations of the importance of listening to the right voices came from a video clip that Bev played of the recording of a father comforting his newborn child in the delivery room. I challenge you to get to the end of this video without needing to grab a box of tissues! Comedian Michael Jr
  • After lunch Bev made the point that to love well we need to listen well and out of that listening we should look for opportunities to show hospitality by serving others.
  • Bev finished the day talking about the importance of not only knowing the biblical story but she also encouraged us to listen to and know the competing origin stories. She illustrated this by helping us to see the opportunity we have to do this during the Matariki season.


Last week we farewelled our music teacher, Janneke Kirikiri, as she left for her maternity leave. We're grateful for the positive impact Janneke has had at HCS for the last few years. Her passion for music, love for the Lord and her care for our students has been a blessing to us all. For the next two and half weeks, Nicola Feyter will teach the music classes until Lara Coates takes up this role on the 24th of June.

In other staffing news, Jo Oxley was recently appointed as Deputy Head of Primary. This role involves supporting the Head of Primary, providing practical support to teachers and students and having a special focus on developing professional practice for our primary staff.

Prayer Time

We will have another opportunity to pray for the school next Tuesday 11th of June at 8:20am in the meeting room. Parents are welcome to come along.

Matariki Breakfast

On Thursday 27th of June we will be having a breakfast for the school community. This will be an optional event which will take place before school starts. Look out for more information and an RSVP link in next week's newsletter.

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

Vietnam Cultural Trip 2024

Sharing our journey: Part 5

Pizza Lunches

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

  • Tuesday 11th 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
  • Wednesday 26th - Vietnam Information Evening (Interested Y9-11 students)