Kia ora and Talofa lava Parent(s).
Greetings! I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all as we commence another year at Hillview Christian School. The school is alive with the excitement, laughter, and “catch up discussions” between pupils as they met and greet one another. While it is good to have good resources and equipment at the school, the pupils are the lifeblood of our school community. I have enjoyed visiting several assemblies and having the opportunity to welcome and pray with most year levels.
Thank you for the prompt start on Monday. I was most impressed by the standard of punctuality and presentation of pupils. Having parents check their child/ren before they leave for school greatly assists teaching staff in ensuring we maintain high standards.
Last week signalled the start of school with Learning Conferences and several staff and families fed back that this went very well. If you can suggest any ways to improve this, please feedback to Mr Dowall firstname.lastname@example.org. There were a very small number of families who did not attend their Learning Conference. Teachers will be in touch very soon to organise for these to happen. It is so important to be in strong partnership from the beginning in order to develop a child’s learning.
The staff last week participated in our annual retreat which was superbly run by Mrs Morgan and Mr Nicholson. The staff began learning the school haka while having time to socialise and participate in a number of fun activities. We also welcomed Miss Kate Vanderpyl who begins her teaching career at Hillview in Y2. I am sure you will make her feel very welcome.
This year our overall focus is WHANAUNGATANGA which highlights the importance of being in community bringing a strong sense of identity and belonging. I think we have a real strength in this as Christians because it is Christ that draws us to Christian Education and in Him we find our source of belonging, identity, purpose, value, and hope.
Whole School Assembly
Friday 8 February. Starting at 11.20am, we will be running our usual first term whole school assembly. However, we have invited all Term 1 & Term 2 families to join us. There will be a special welcome to them with a brief mihi, a waiata, and the school haka. This is one way to make new folk feel welcome while celebrating the diversity of cultures.
A beginners ukulele club will commence on Thursday 21 February at 8.00am in the upstairs classroom in the gymnasium. To register click here
HCS CONNECT 19 night: Friday 15 March. This is an excellent opportunity for ALL families and staff to enjoy being together and provide an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with each other over a BYO picnic tea. It will be held on the Junior Campus site and run from 6pm – 7.30pm. There will be a time to eat and greet while enjoying some fun activities, which will include all children.