Our Special Character
The Special Character of the school is broadly defined in the Integration Deed. Monitoring of the school’s Special Character is primarily the responsibility of the Proprietors and it is evaluated as part of our five year plan of review as well as being monitored annually through a review that is undertaken by the Board of Trustees. Each year one of our goals for our Annual Plan contains a goal pertaining to our Special Character. The Special Character of our school forms the rationale for the school’s existence and is central to the operation of the school. All learning, curriculum development, implementation of the National Education and Administration Guidelines, National Education Priorities and National Curriculum Framework is underpinned and impacted by our Special Character. The following are taken from our integration deed.
Hillview Christian School is a community where strong, caring relationships are fostered. We are focused on the development of character and each pupil is encouraged to develop responsible attitudes and self-discipline. For children today, heading though teen years to adulthood is a challege that needs staff who care and are skilled at communicating realistic boundaries and conduct. Provision of a secure and loving environment will help students during their most impressionable years.
HILLVIEW STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe :
- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative word of God and that it is our standard and guide for faith and practice.
- In one, almighty, triune God who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- In the full humanity and deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father and personal return in power and glory.
- In the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity who among his various ministries regenerates, sanctifies, comforts, guides and empowers through his gifts, all believers.
- That all people are sinners and can only be justified by faith in Jesus Christ as their saviour and Lord.
- In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- In the resurrection of all people to a final judgment with eternal blessing for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked.
PROVISION FOR NEW ZEALAND’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Hillview will work with our Maori community to plan, set targets and achieve better outcomes for our Maori pupils.
- Providing opportunities for all pupils to participate and succeed through the advancement of education initiatives, education in Te Reo Maori and advancement of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Promoting respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of all nationalities represented at our school.
- Promote acknowledgement of the unique place of Maori within New Zealand.
- Providing skilled teaching staff in the instruction of Te Reo Maori.
- Recognition that we are all New Zealanders, that God loves all people and that we are all equal in His sight.
- Te Reo Maori instruction, for all pupils, will be part of our school programme from Years 4-8. Te Reo will be an optional subject for Years 9 & 10.
- All Year 4 pupils will be part of a Kapa Haka group for the year. Joining a Kapa Haka group is optional for Years 5-8 pupils. There is also an optional group for Years 1-3 pupils.