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Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Hastings Christian School

12 June 2024


I have the privilege of taking the Year 11 Christian worldview class twice a week. At the moment we are seeking to identify the messages and worldviews found within movies. My goal is to use Scripture and the worldview framework of ‘creation, fall and redemption’ to critique the ideologies and discern what can be celebrated as well as where movie themes might miss the mark.

This week we have been looking at the theme of ‘power’ and the contrasting ideologies found in the philosophy that undergirds JR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as compared with more recent spin-offs. The ‘Inspiring Philosophy’ Christian Apologetics video that we watched did an excellent job of showing how Tolkien’s Christian convictions were evident in the way that he celebrated virtues like sacrifice, service, loyalty, humility and finding contentment in the roles that God has given us.

These are truths that resonate with us as creatures made in God’s image. Tolkien’s trilogy celebrates these truths by contrasting them with the villains' lust for power and control.

While thinking about these ideas I came across Tim Challies article entitled, ‘Blessed are the Weak!’ What caught my attention was the fact that Tim eloquently demonstrated how counterintuitive life is within God’s kingdom - particularly as it relates to where real power lies. At the risk of having people think he was heretically adding to scripture Tim made the following observations:

The Beatitudes of Jesus are meant to shock us in the ways they so consistently counter our instincts and interrupt our inclinations. They commend the meek rather than the assertive; they commend the poor in spirit rather than the self-sufficient; they commend the reproached rather than the praised. The Beatitudes highlight some of the counter-cultural, Spirit-given qualities that God so values in his people.

If Jesus were to add just one more beatitude, perhaps it would be this: Blessed are the weak, for they shall have God’s strength. Though the exact words are not found in Scripture, they communicate a biblical emphasis: those who are weak specially experience the strength of God. For as the Lord said to the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” And as Paul declared, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. … For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)...

He went on to say, God rallies to the cause of those who are weak. Though Paul had prayed that God would remove his “thorn,” he was content to live with it for he knew it made him an object of God’s pity and, therefore, God’s strength. His weakness made him stronger, for because of his weakness God put his arm around his shoulder, God pushed, pulled, and carried him to the finish line, God helped him accomplish what he could not accomplish on his own. Paul’s lack of self-sufficiency was the very reason God exercised such great strength on his behalf.

It is embedded deep within our depraved nature to regard weakness as misfortune, feebleness as failure, lack of physical strength as lack of divine favor. But nothing could be further from the truth, for weakness draws the eye of God, the heart of God, the strength of God. Therefore, with confident expectation do we receive our illnesses, submit in our sorrows, bow to God in our suffering. Rightly do we say, “Blessed are the weak, for they shall have God’s strength!” If there is any secret to our strength, it lies in our weakness. Inspired by A Life of Character by J.R. Miller

Please grab me if you ever want to discuss your thoughts about the worldview of a movie - I’d love to hear your perspective!

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who supported the E1 bakesale yesterday. Around $1300 was raised to donate to the persecuted church. Thanks to all the students (and parents) who provided baking - well done!

Sports Exchange

Tomorrow we will be hosting over 70 students from Cornerstone Christian School and Longburn Adventist College for the annual Secondary School Sports Exchange. Students will be competing in various sports on Thursday and Friday. The students will be staying at Riverbend for the evening and will be joined by some of our senior students for dinner and a time of worship. We pray that this will be a great time of healthy competition and fellowship for all involved

Matariki Breakfast

On Thursday 27th of June we will be hosting a breakfast for the school community. This is an optional event which will take place before school starts. Families have been emailed an invitation with a google link to which we would ask you to RSVP so we can know numbers.

Open afternoon invite for Year 8 Parents

Year 8 parents are invited to come along to our open afternoon next Tuesday 18th at 1:20pm in the gym foyer. This is an opportunity for you to look around the secondary school classrooms and speak with staff regarding the transition of your child into the secondary school. Mr Feyter will also address the group regarding the updated secondary curriculum. Please come along and join us on Tuesday.

Baking for Sale

For the next three weeks, year 11, 12 & 13 students will have baking for sale to raise funds for the senior formal coming up in August. Baked goods will be available starting next Thursday 20th of June at morning tea time over in the secondary school.

Kāhui Ako Principals

This Friday we have 20 principals from our Kāhui Ako visiting HCS. Our Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning) is made up of Christian schools and early childhood centres from around the Lower North Island. This purpose of this group is to focus on students' education pathways, professional development for staff and working together with schools to help students achieve their full potential.

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

Tough Guy and Gal

On Thursday 30 May , 47 students from our primary school participated in the annual Junior Tough Guy and Gal challenge. This was held at Clifton Station in Te Awanga. Our kids had to run a course littered with different obstacles like mud, streams and cargo nets. They had a blast and some of them got a little bit muddy. By the grace of God the weather was great and we all had a fabulous time. Thank you to the following parents who helped with transport and organisation: Karl Bull, Kelly Fenwick, Sarah Glatz, Anchen Brown, Sam and Amy Hayes, Heidi Kruger, Karl Bull and Jackie van Zyl. We couldn't have done it without you

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

  • Thursday/Friday 13/14th June - Secondary Sports Exchange at HCS
  • Tuesday 18th - Open Afternoon
  • Tuesday 18th - Y12/13 History trip
  • Thursday 20th - Baking for sale in the secondary school
  • Wednesday 26th - Vietnam Information Evening (Interested Y9-11 students)
  • Thursday 27th - Matariki Breakfast 7-8:30am
  • Monday 1 July - Hastings Christian School Board meeting