May 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

Hastings Christian School

1 May 2024


ora koutou. Welcome back to the start of term two. I trust you all enjoyed the extra time with your children over the last two weeks - or at least ANZAC Day for those that didn’t have any other time off! A particular welcome to the new families and staff that have joined us here at HCS.

Speaking of welcoming people, it was lovely to be able to have an official mihi whakatau to recognise our new whānau, ako and kaiako on Monday morning. It was a God honouring service done in a culturally appropriate Kiwi way!

At this ceremony I acknowledged the fact that we all come from different backgrounds, traditions, doctrinal convictions and denominations. However, as we are a Christian School, what transcends these distinctions is the fact of our unity in Christ. I read about this unity to those gathered from Ephesians 4:1-6, which says;I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.“

While preparing for this welcome ceremony and thinking about unity, I came across a helpful article entitled ‘Optimistic Denominationalism,’ by Tim Challies. The main point Challies made was that rather than feeling a sense of shame about the number of denominations that make up the evangelical church, we should instead choose to see each tradition as highlighting different aspects of God's purpose for his people. Tim certainly wasn’t downplaying the importance of doctrine and having clear biblically informed reasons for holding those convictions, rather he encouraged the focusing not on matters that divide us but on what on what each tradition chooses to emphasise.

I took great encouragement from this article as I reflected on the wide variety of denominational backgrounds of those that make up the HCS community. While you may not agree with all the points made in this article - or for that matter all the ways our school seeks to outwork the special character, I would encourage you to show the same grace as Challies sought to promote.


We welcomed several new students to the new entrant class this term. We're happy to have you and your family with us and hope you will settle in soon.

Staffing News

  • Welcome to Mr Hein Pharenqua who has replaced Mr Stuckey in E2 & E1 on Thursdays and Fridays. Hein has been relieving in the school over the past year so is already well known to the students. We're happy to have Hein join our primary team.
  • We're excited to announce the appointment of Mrs Lara Coates to the music teacher position that will soon be made vacant by Mrs Kirikiri when she takes maternity leave.
  • We also welcome Mrs Barb Bisley as she takes up a fixed term teaching role in the secondary science department.

Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews

Secondary parent-teacher interviews are on next week. Great to see that so many parents have already booked to see their child's teachers. There is still space so if you haven't already done so, we encourage you to book in.

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.

Further information was sent out via the school app. Here is the link to book your interviews.

Secondary School Interviews

Primary Parent Teacher Meetings

Bookings are now open for primary school parent teacher meetings. These will take place during week 3 of this term, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May. The times are as follows:

Wednesday 15 May: 3:30pm-5:30pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday 16th May: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Go to and use the event code 6765v or click on the link below.
Enter your details, choose your child's class and teacher and book a suitable time. Jo Oxley is available for learning support meetings, just click on 'add an extra teacher' when booking.

Book Primary Parent Teacher Meetings

Teacher Only Days/early finishes this term

Please take note of some teacher only days and early finishes for secondary this term.

Tuesday 7 May - Secondary interviews (secondary students finish at 2:10pm)
Wednesday 8 May - Secondary interviews (secondary students finish at 12:45pm)
Thursday 9 May - Secondary interviews (secondary students finish at 2:10pm)
Wednesday 15 May - PPTA Union meeting (secondary students finish at 12:30pm)
Friday 31 May - Special Character Training day for staff (whole school closed)
Tuesday 4th June - Professional development for staff (whole school closed)

Trip to Palmerston North for B1 & E2

Next Wednesday, 8th of May, Mr van der Merwe & Mrs Moore will be taking B1 & E2 to Palmerston North to participate in the NZ Association of Christian Schools annual sports day at Cornerstone Christian School in Palmerston North. Below is the schedule for the day. Students should dress in their sports uniform & polarfleece with sports shoes. They will need to bring water, morning tea and lunch. Please have your children at school in time for a 7:30am departure.

Wednesday 8th of May
7:30am Depart HCS by bus for Cornerstone Christian School
10:00am Mihi Whakatau & worship
10:30am Participate in sports day
2:00pm Depart Cornerstone Christian School for HCS
4:30pm Approx arrival back at HCS


Mr Clark and our student leaders represented our school by laying a wreath at the dawn service in Hastings last Thursday.

Junior Debating

Tomorrow our Y9-10 debating team will be going with Mrs Gibbs & Mrs McEvoy to Havelock High to compete in a debating competition.

Vietnam Cultural Trip 2024

The staff and students who travelled to Vietnam in the holidays had a amazing time! Over the next few weeks we will share pages of their travel/photo book in the newsletter - we hope you enjoy reading and seeing some of the places and sights that the students experienced.

Library Notices

HCS Term 1 Library books now due. HCS library books that were taken out last term should now be returned if they have been finished. Books can be returned during primary class library visit times. They can be returned to the Library returns bin in the E-Block or H1. Please email if you are concerned about any books.

Scholastic Book Club open
Issue 3 of the Scholastic Book Club is available for ordering. There are some great WW2 books as well as the normal Ella & Olivia/Dog Man/Babysitters Club.Catalogues can be picked up from the office or E Block foyer or online via the LOOP app or

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 2 May - Y12 Ryda Driving programme
  • Thursday 2nd May - Y9/10 debating
  • Tuesday 7th May-Thursday 9th - Secondary school interviews
  • Tuesday 7th May - Rugby Coaching primary
  • Wednesday 8th May - Be Bright Eat Right Show Y1-4
  • Wednesday 8th May - Y5-6 sports day in Palmerston North
  • Wednesday 8th May - Y12-13 Music Trip
  • Wednesday/Thursday 15/16 May - Primary Parent Teacher Meetings
  • Wednesday 15th May - Union Meeting 12:30pm finish for Y9-13 students
  • Monday 20th May - HCS Board Meeting
  • Tuesday 21st May - Strike Percussion Visit
  • Thursday 23rd May - Afternoon house event