April 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

Hastings Christian School

3 April 2024


An Attitude of Gratitude

‘Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a very large amount of gratitude.’ While AA Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh for children, the importance of having a grateful attitude should not be lost on any of us. I have bumped into this theme of having a thankful attitude a number of times lately. One such occasion was when I asked our senior Volleyball girls to share some reflections on their time away at the Secondary School national volleyball tournament in Palmerston North that they recently attended. Each girl shared their appreciation for the opportunity, for each other and for the adults that supported them. In particular they each expressed their thanks for Victoria Clark (their coach and cat herder!) and Carolyn Sanko (head chief!)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 exhorts us to, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ It's obviously a lot easier to give thanks when things go well, but this passage calls us to give thanks in ‘all’ circumstances. How in the world do we do that?! Maltbie Babcock once said; Better to lose count naming your blessings than to lose your blessings by counting your troubles. While this advice goes some way to helping, it was an article written by Randy Alcorn that particularly brought perspective for why we should give thanks – even when things don’t go as planned or we would like.

The article was entitled, ‘‭‭If We Realize We’re Undeserving, Suddenly the World Comes Alive.’ In it Alcorn illustrates the attitude we should have by quoting Jesus’ answer to His disciples following a discussion about temptations to sin and the disciples' incredulous plea for more faith. In response Jesus said; Luke 17:10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
Alcorn went on to say, If we realize we’re utterly undeserving, suddenly the world comes alive. Of course life under the Curse is hard. (That’s why it’s called the Curse.) Instead of focusing on everything that goes wrong, we’re thrilled at God’s many kindnesses, and our hearts overflow with thanks that we who deserve nothing but judgment, death, and Hell are given deliverance, grace, and eternal life. Day after day, God favors us not only with leniency but also with beauties, delights, and privileges we have no right to expect. (And comforts us in our sorrows, and promises to be with us always.)’

The final encouragement to have an attitude of gratitude came in the form of a quote from John Fisher’s book entitled, 12 Steps for a Recovering Pharisee. In it he said; There isn’t one pharisaical characteristic Jesus spoke out against that is not stripped of its power by a thankful heart.
  • No need to judge other people when you are thankful for who you are.
  • No need to measure yourself by and compare yourself to others when you are thankful for what God has done in your life.
  • You don’t care if you get the seat at the table when you are overcome with gratitude at simply being invited to the dinner
  • You don’t put heavy weights on other people shoulders when you are thankful that God has lightened your own load
  • You are not obsessed with what other people think of you when you are overwhelmed with the fact that God is thinking about you all the time
  • You don’t have to hide your own sin when you have received God’s forgiveness.
  • You don’t you don’t have to maintain an outward show when God has cleaned up your heart.
  • You don’t have to protect your image when you are already number one with God.
  • You don’t have to condemn other peoples blindness when it’s only the grace of God that has allowed you to see.
  • You don’t have to try for the highest place when you are already grateful for the lowest (and has seated you in the heavenly places in Christ).
  • You don’t have to be full of yourself when you are thankful that God has filled you up with himself.’
May you know God’s grace as you seek to grow in developing an ‘attitude of gratitude!’

Mufti Day This Friday

THIS Friday 5th of April will be a whole school MUFTI DAY. Please bring a gold coin to go towards fundraising for the Vietnam trip. Thank you.

Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews

Secondary parent-teacher interviews will take place during week 2 next term. The dates and times will be as follows:

Tuesday 7th May 2:30 - 6:00pm
Wednesday 8th May 2:00 - 5:30pm & 6:30 - 8:30pm
Thursday 9th May 2:30 - 6:00pm

Secondary classes will finish at 2:10pm on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th and at lunchtime on Wednesday 8th. D2 will be available for any students who need to stay until 3:10pm.

More detailed information will be emailed to parents shortly with a link to the booking site.

Primary Parent Teacher Meetings

These will take place during week 3, Wednesday 15th - Thursday 15th of May. More details to follow.

Primary School Uniform - Years 1-8

With the winter term coming, please ensure all students are in correct uniform. This includes:
  • Plain black shoes (no white/coloured soles or logos)
  • New school navy/jade polo shirt
  • New school navy/jade polar fleece (not the old navy ones)
  • Girls should be in navy socks - no white socks
  • Trackpants are optional but they must be the proper school ones from the uniform shop with the logo on.

HCS Board Meeting

The next scheduled board meeting will be on Monday 8th of April at 7pm in the staffroom. A reminder that these meetings are open to the school community (with the exception of 'in committee' discussions). Minutes from previous meetings can be found in the admin area.

Interschool Athletics results

Congratulations to the following students who represented HCS and received placings two weeks ago at the secondary school interschool athletics competition.
Jasper Swain Jnr Boys 3000m- 5th
Georgie Shaw Jnr Girls High Jump- 3rd
Amberly van Zyl, Int Girls Discus- 3rd
Nina van der Walt, Int Girls Discus- 4th, Shot Put- 4th
Greteline van Zyl Senior Girls Long jump- 3rd, Discus- 3rd, and Shot Put- 4th

Volleyball Nationals

Overall volleyball nationals was a great way to improve our volleyball skill and performance while also getting to meet people from everywhere in NZ. The atmosphere was truly amazing and was definitely worth every minute of planning and money spent. I will always push that HCS does Nationals every year, maybe next year a boys team as well! Here are some thoughts from some of the girls:

Indie: I thought it was a really great experience, even just getting to go away and get closer with the team was really cool and having the opportunity to play so much volley over only a few days and watch high level games really helped us grow and improve quickly. Favourite game was the one where we all were really supporting and lifting each other and it felt like everyone was doing a great job at their position and playing smart as a team. That game was so fun I don’t even mind too much it was the one I broke my finger in ha ha. So so so grateful for Mrs Clark and Mrs Sanko for everything they did for us, so appreciated! And grateful for such a good team to captain and play with for the last school games!

Alice: Nationals is a memory that I will cherish when I look back on my final year in high school. I've always wanted to go since 2019 when my sister went, and I’m so glad and appreciative that I was able to go as well. Parents coming to watch the games was a huge help and just plain nice to have! The extra support that they brought just encouraged us girl even more.
Thanks to Mrs Clark and Mrs Sanko the event went very smoothly, with relatively healthy meals every night. The church’s location was perfect for what we needed!! Although all of the volleyball nationals were great, I’d have to say my favourite moment was after we won one of our games and we all knew deep down that we played well as a team and individually.

Stef: I really enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely say it was worth doing. Playing volleyball everyday was my fav highlight as well as playing teams we’ve never played before and getting to know the whole team better as well as watch them grow closer through the whole experience. Big thank you to Mrs Clark and Mrs sanko for making it happen.

Fame Factor

What an awesome effort from all our students and staff to dress up as their favourite characters for our house event last week. It was so much fun to see everyone's creativity! Thanks to the house leaders and Mrs Nicoll for the work they put into the event.

Ice Blocks for Sale

This is the last Thursday that Lemonade iceblocks will be on sale for $1 this term. Order before school outside the staffroom (juniors) or bring your dollar at lunchtime (seniors). Thank you for supporting this fundraising initiative.

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

  • Thurs 4/5 April - Duke of Ed trip
  • Friday 5 April - Mufti Day
  • Monday 8th Apr - Y10 International Lunch
  • Monday 8th Apr - HCS Board Meeting
  • Thursday 11th Apr - Students leave for Vietnam Cultural Trip
  • Friday 12th April - Last day of Term