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2016 Term 1 - William Tyndale (1494 - 1536)

In the last edition of the newsletter I shared with you details about our house teams and how we have related them to biblical aspects. In these next editions I want to share with you the significance of the people our house teams are named after. We have four house teams, each named after a person who has been a significant role model for us in achieving great things for God. We have related biblical symbols and colours to each team and related them to the twelve tribes of Israel and the four c...

February 29, 2016

2016 Term 1 - The Significance of House Teams

We have had an excellent start to the 2016 school year. All our classes are up to speed and by now you will be aware of the planned activities in different classes your children are in. Thank you to all those who came to O' Night a few weeks ago. This explained how things work in your child's class and what to expect this year. Make sure you remember the invitation to come in and see your child's teacher at any time through the year. Please don't wait for any school interviews as school is a par...

February 15, 2016

2016 Term 1 - Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the 2016 school year. We all hope you have had a superb Christmas break, enjoyed celebrating Christmas and had a great time with your family. 2016 promises to be a big year and I look forward to telling you about different things as the year progresses. Our Kid on the Rock unit, school camp, 'Own Your Own Devices' in the Senior room, modern learning environments and other key events will all be big news over the next few weeks. Every term is always a big one here at Matamata Christi...

February 2, 2016

Term 4 2015 - A Christmas story. Life - It's yours to choose

With Christmas just a few weeks away we have been doing a lot to build up to the Christmas message. To celebrate the last newsletter of the year I want to retell a story and Christmas message I read from the Reverend Simon Allaby of the 6:19 Trust in the UK. When Simon was a child he and his family would spend Christmas each year with an aunt and uncle. They had an unused fireplace which his aunt would decorate with a bed of newspaper in the grate and then carefully place gold and silver pain...

December 15, 2015

Term 4 2015 - Ernest Shackleton

For Terms 3 and 4 our core values are perseverance and diligence. This is the last message I'll share on this topic this year. We have talked about many great people and this week my last one is on the great explorer Ernest Shackleton. This (abridged!) story has been written by Biblical Foundations Coordinator Dan Fennell who is based in Indonesia: Have you ever been extremely cold? Imagine being trapped in Antarctic ice for 634 days. For 21 months, from morning to night you are frozen! That w...

December 2, 2015

Term 4 2015 - Steve Jobs

For Terms 3 and 4 our core values are perseverance and diligence. As a staff we are trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. In the last edition of the newsletter I told you about the inspiring story of Thomas Edison, one of the most famous inventors in history. While today's story is not about a Christian who persevered, it is an example of a top businessman who has stuck i...

November 9, 2015

Term 4 2015 - Thomas Edison

For Terms 3 and 4 our core values are perseverance and diligence. As a staff we are trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. In the last edition of the newsletter I told you about the stirring post-war story of Sir Winston Churchill, one of the most famous men in history, and the advice he gave at a university speech. Today we turn to one of the world's most famous inventors...

October 27, 2015

Term 3 2015 - Sir Winston Churchill

For Terms 3 and 4 our core values are perseverance and diligence. As a staff we are trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. In the last edition of the newsletter I told you about how our Asian cultures tend to value perseverance and achievement comes as a result. Today I want to tell you about a post-war story of Sir WinstonChurchill, one of the most famous men in history, ...

October 20, 2015

Term 3 2015 - President Abraham Lincoln

For the next two terms perseverance and diligence are our combined core values we are focussing on. As a staff we will be trying to develop these in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop and not alwayssomething New Zealanders are good at. We would love for you to support us with this at home. You can do this byshowing your children how you do this (it may end up being a great challenge). Children learn a lot from their parents and your example is crucial to them...

October 20, 2015

Term 3 2015 - The Man Named George

This term our core value is on perseverance. As a staff we will be trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. Last week I told you how Abraham Lincoln persevered. This week let me tell you a story I like to tell about a man named George: George came from a slave family working on the plantations in America. At 13 years of age he decided he wanted to go to Princeton to train...

October 20, 2015

Term 3 2015 - The Story of Somebody

Last term we focussed our core teaching value on truthfulness and in the end of term assembly I told the story about 'Somebody'. This was a story I made up based upon four characters; Somebody, Anybody, Everybody and Nobody. I took these characters from a story I once read based upon Nobody bothering to get a job done. My story includes a fifth character, Busybody, and is based on Somebody having trouble telling the truth. If you missed the assembly here's the story below. The Story of Some...

October 20, 2015

Term 3 2015 - William Wilberforce

This term our core value is perseverance and diligence. As a staff we are trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. In the last edition of the newsletter I told you the incredible story of George and what perseverance did for him. This week let me tell you about the incredible life of William Wilberforce and what he went through to abolish slavery in the British Empire: Wi...

October 20, 2015

Term 3 2015 - Joseph Dresnan

This term our core values are perseverance and diligence. As a staff we are trying to develop this in our students as it is one of the most effective values we can develop in ourselves and not always something New Zealanders are good at. In the last edition of the newsletter I told you the incredible story of William Wilberforce and what perseverance did for him. This week I want to share about a story I heard while attending a principal's meeting some years ago led by a man, Joseph Dresnan, w...

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