February 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 2 Term 1

Hastings Christian School

7 February 2024


Kia ora koutou. I trust you all enjoyed celebrating our national day yesterday. Waitangi Day has always been a time where robust debate takes place. This is a good thing. Clearly there is a lot more heat to the discussions taking place this year given the Act party’s Treaty Principles bill. While I don’t intend to wade into that discussion, I will mention that, providentially, one of our strategic special character goals this year is; “Learning to listen well.”

At the secondary assembly today I shared with the students some of the Bible’s ‘ground rules’ and guiding principles for ensuring that we don’t talk past each other or jump to conclusions. Some of these biblical insights include:

  • Proverbs 18:13 He who answers before listening - it is his folly and shame
  • Proverbs 18:17 The first present his case seems right until another comes along and cross examines him.
  • John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge with right judgment.
  • Proverbs 3:7 Do be wise in your own eyes; fear, the Lord and shun evil.
  • Proverbs 18:2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions.
  • James 1:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
  • Proverbs, 17:14 Starting a quarrel, is like breaching a dam: so drop the matter out before a dispute breaks out.
These and many other passages will be the focus of our training this year.

Last week I shared with you the primary and secondary goals, this week you will find a copy of a poster with our curriculum, culture and growth goals for 2024. More information will be shared about this in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, please feel free to seek clarification on what you read either by email, or by catching me after school when you see me around.

Yours in Christ

Gavin Clark

Founders Day Assembly

Tomorrow is our annual Founders Day assembly at 8:50am in the gym. At this assembly we take time to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness to our school. Senior students will be presented with endorsement badges and this years student leaders will be welcomed. Parents are most welcome to attend.

School Counsellor

Our school counsellor Alice Robinson will continue her great work at HCS this year on a Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoon. If you would like to contact her regarding any pastoral concerns for your child her email is a.robinson@hcs.school.nz

From the Office

Parent/Caregiver Details: If you have changed your cell phone number or email addresses over the holidays, please let the office know so that we can update our records.

Medical: Please let us know if your child has any medical issues that we are not already aware of or if they take any medications regularly. We will record this securely on our student management system as it is important for staff to be aware.

School App: Please update your class/year level alert settings on the school app for 2024. Just click on the menu bar and then open alert subscriptions and choose the relevant alerts for your family.

Absences: Remember to advise us by 9am if your child is going to be away for the day. You can do this via the school app or by leaving a message on the answering machine. We do need to account for all absent children so please let us know promptly to save the office having to follow these up. Students who are late should report to the office before going to class.

Itinerant Music Lessons for 2024

There will be a meeting for all students who have enrolled in the itinerant music programme for 2024 this Friday 9th of February at 1:30pm in C1. Lesson details will be given out then and these will also be posted on the C1 window for future reference.

Safety around HCS

At the start of the year - here are a few reminders about safety around HCS.

  • Parents and students should use the footpaths and marked pathways around the school (follow the painted footsteps when crossing the netball courts)
  • Please use the manned road patrol crossings afterschool
  • No parking on yellow lines or on the neighbours driveway outside B Block or on the grass outside H Block
  • Student drivers are to please park on the road. If you child is learning to drive, please have them park on the road rather then drive onto the school property.
  • The drop off zone outside the main noticeboard (first two carparks) is for dropping off in the mornings, please don't park here in the morning
  • Please do not bring dogs onto the school property unless this is arranged with the class teacher for a visit and they are on a leash
  • Students need to have helmets when biking to school and should be walking once on school property
  • All primary students should have hats on when outside at morning tea or lunch time during the summer terms

Art Deco

We are planning to hold an Art Deco picnic on Friday 16th of February and students are encouraged to dress up in Art Deco inspired clothing that day.

Anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle

The one year anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle is coming up on 14 February 2024. The region's Councils and Regional Recovery Agency have collaborated on how the day will be acknowledged through Council commemoration services and events. There will also be community-led gatherings.

Schools have been encouraged to show our solidarity and support for our region, by asking everyone to dress in Hawke’s Bay colours (black and white) on Wednesday 14 February. So this day will be a black & white mufti day for staff and students (no money required).

Teacher Only Day & Easter Dates

Advance notice: Friday 22nd of March will be a teacher only day. All staff will be travelling to Palmerston North for professional development. HCS will be closed this day.

Easter holidays for all schools will be Friday 29th March, Monday 1st of April and Tuesday 2nd of April. Term 1 will end on Friday 12th of April.

First Primary Assembly This Week

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 8th Feb - Founders Day assembly 8:50am
  • Friday 9th Feb - Itinerant music meeting 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 14th Feb - Black & White Mufti Day
  • Wednesday 14-Friday 16 Feb - Year 8 Camp
  • Friday 16th Feb - Art Deco picnic & dress up
  • Friday 16th - E2 Navy Band trip
  • Monday 26th Feb - Secondary Athletics Day
  • Monday 26th Feb - HCS Board meeting
  • Tuesday 27th Feb - Road patrol training