March 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

Hastings Christian School

6 March 2024

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

There are many criteria that a school can use to measure success. Yesterday I had the opportunity to share some of those successes with our school's senior advisor in the Ministry of Education. These included:


  • NCEA Results: As I mentioned in an earlier email, our senior students continue to punch well above their weight with the national certificate of educational achievement exams. We were particularly pleased about the level one results from last year.
  • Sporting and outdoor education opportunities: As you saw in last week's newsletter, the year 8 students had an excellent camp at Guthrie Smith Park during week three. Today we had year 4-5 students take part in the Mitre 10 Tough Kids challenge. The primary school has also had the opportunity to learn basketball skills from one of the members of the Hawks team. The secondary school has also been busy with record numbers playing volleyball this year. Our senior volleyball teams were involved in a tournament on Saturday in preparation for the volleyball nationals later, in the term. Next week the year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students will be taking part in a tramp while this weekend, our Year 12-13 biology students will be heading off to the Tongariro National Park to complete the research phase of their course.
  • Curriculum Development: The senior advisor was particularly impressed with the quality of the curriculum development work the school has been involved with. She recognised the value of the most recent English Curriculum work and is keen to learn more about what we are doing on this front.
  • Building Projects: As you will see from the photos later in the newsletter, we are now finally nearing the end of the landscaping phase of the new school gymnasium project. I am pleased to say that even as the last few plants were being put into the garden, the primary management team were reviewing the preliminary architectural drawings for the replacement of the B-block!
  • Attendance: The school's senior advisor was particularly impressed with the high attendance rate that our school enjoys. While these results are pleasing, there is still room for improvement. I realise that we regularly encourage you to keep sick children home, at the same time I appreciate the priority you as parents place on the education of your children.
  • Parental Support: While on the topic of parental support, I know that the teachers not only value the good level of communication shared between home and school, but also the way you support your children’s homework or sporting opportunities as you help with outdoor education events - as and when you can.
  • Student growth and development: Without a doubt one of the key measures of a school’s success is seen in the character of the students and their service within the school. As I have mentioned in the last few weeks' newsletters, the testimonies of our senior students at the secondary school assembly have perfectly showcased this growth and development. Today was no exception. Our deputy head boy, Bono Veenstra, shared a heartfelt and incredibly mature account of God‘s work in his life. The character and calibre of this fine young man was evident to all. I have every confidence that the school will continue to be blessed by exemplary role models like our current students leaders.
Gavin Clark
Principal

Mufti Day this Friday

THIS Friday 8th of March will be a whole school mufti day to raise funds for the HCS Girls Senior volleyball team who will be travelling to Nationals in Palmerston North for the week of 18th-22nd March to compete against other teams from around NZ. Please help support the girls by sending your child/ren with a gold coin donation. Thank You.

New Families Afternoon Tea

We would love to have all new families to HCS join us on Tuesday 12th of March for afternoon tea at 2.30pm in the staffroom. This is a time to meet with Mr Clark and other new families to HCS and to ask any questions you may have about the school. We’d love to see you there!

Biology Trip

On Friday the Y12/13 biology students will be travelling to Tongariro National Park to complete an alpine investigation. Please pray for safety and good weather for their trip.

Student Sickness Reminder

If your child has vomiting or diarrhoea, please keep them home until they are symptom free for the following times: vomiting 24 hours, diarrhoea 48 hours. Please remember to inform the school office of students absence via the school app or school phone no 878 6696
Thank you

Teacher Only Day

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

Invoices

Invoices were sent home last week for student costs such as music tuition, technology costs, graphics stationary and school diaries. Please pay these as soon as possible. If you have any queries about your account, please email Adair Rolls adair.rolls@hcs.school.nz

Items Needed

So many students were making a joyful creative mess at lunchtime yesterday, creating their wings for the parade at the end of term. We still need plenty of the following items:
  • Plastic trays
  • 2 or 3 litre milk/just juice bottles
  • Drink cans
  • Plastic flowers
  • Packing seeds
  • Plastic milk lids

Gym Landscaping Update

For those of you who don't get in to school often, here is a photo of the landscaping progress around the gym. The concreting is done, the grass has been laid and seating for students completed. Last week the shade sails went up and most of the area has been planted up and irrigation put in. A lot of hard work has gone into beautifying the area and It's looking fantastic! A big thank you to Harrisons Nursery in Bridge Pa for their support with providing some great priced plants for us. If you need some plants...go check them out!

Cricket Festival

On Wednesday 28 February some of our Year 5 and 6 boys went to a cricket Festival at Anderson Park. We played 3 different games and the boys improved with every game seeing that we didn't even practice beforehand. We won our last games 34 to 16. We had a fantastic day and even received a free sausage sizzle. Praise the Lord - Mr V

Swimming

We had a fantastic day at the pool yesterday with the secondary students. Great to see such enthusiasm, participation and encouragement amongst the students!

Ice Blocks for Sale

Lemonade iceblocks will be on sale for $1 on THURSDAYS this term. Order before school outside the staffroom (juniors) or bring your dollar at lunchtime (seniors).Term 1 only!

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.

Easter Dates

The Easter break for all schools will be Friday 29th March, Monday 1st of April and Tuesday 2nd of April. Easter falls outside the school holidays this year and term 1 will end on Friday 12th of April.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 8th Mar - Y12/13 Tongariro Trip
  • Friday 8th Mar - Mufti Day Volleyball Fundraiser
  • Friday 15th-16th Mar - Duke of Ed tramp
  • 17-22 March - Volleyball Nationals
  • Wednesday 20th Mar - Secondary Interschool Athletics
  • Friday 22nd Mar - Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 25th Mar -Thursday28th - E1 Optimist Yachting
  • Monday 25th Mar - Y7/8 Immunisations
  • Wednesday 27th Mar - Whole school Easter assembly
  • Wednesday 27th Mar - Y12 Biology Trip
  • Thursday 28th Mar - House Event
  • Friday 29th Mar-Tuesday 2nd -Easter Break
  • Thurs 4/5 April - Duke of Ed trip
  • Monday 8th Apr - HCS Board Meeting
  • Thursday 11th Apr - Vietnam Cultural Trip