Dr Lehan Stemmet, one of the judges at this year’s science fair, commented that the quality of this year’s projects showed a marked improvement over last year. We want to thank students, teachers and parents who have invested the extra time in raising the level of excellence of the event. Many thanks to Mrs van der Linde who contacted various businesses to sponsor our prizes. We are grateful for the generous contributions of Fulton Hogan and Yellow Chili.
We entered our winners of the respective year levels in the NIWA Manukau Science and Technology Fair. We are proud of Lisa Bracefield whose project not only won first place in the Year 9-13 Secondary Consumer Science category but was also awarded a prize for being the Best Year 9 Project. We hope her success encourage our other students that they can also achieve at the NIWA Manukau Science and Technology Fair next year.
We hope to build on the success of this year’s science fair by taking bold steps to make enough time in our schedule for scientific inquiry, using our school property, e.g. the bush, fruit orchard and raised vegetable beds, as a context. God has blessed us with amazing facilities to develop students’ curiosity.
ACS Cross Country
A number of our Year 5 to 9 students represented the school at the annual Auckland Christian Schools Cross Country race. We were encouraged by our students’ positive attitude to train and be prepared for the race in the weeks before hand. It definitely helped them because the race was on a tough course with very steep hills. Lisa Bracefield managed to place third in her race, and Daniel Bracefield and Christiaan van der Linde’s efforts in their respective races were commendable. It is great to see our students using their God-given gifts.
Vector EPro 8 Technology Challenge
We entered two teams in the first round of the EPro 8 Challenge, which is a competition, and an engineering and problem solving race. Every year over 9000 students from 800 schools from throughout New Zealand take part. Teams compete to build large sized structures, solve practical problems, engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles, invent, machines that can complete simple tasks, undertake unusual and fun experiments, construct basic electronic circuits and solve interesting problems using practical maths. Our Year 6 team placed second in their round and our Year 8 team narrowly missed a third place. Both teams have qualified for the semifinals in November. We praise God for the result and hope to work with the two teams next term to prepare them adequately for the next challenge.
The Trust Board recently approved 2 Timothy 2:15 as the official profile of a Tyndale Park Christian School student: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. In the next newsletter, I will discuss how this statement will help us be more focused in preparing our students properly for their future and fulfilling our school’s mission statement, i.e. “Tyndale Park Christian School assists parents by providing a Christ-centred education that encourages academic excellence and Christian service to the glory of God”.
I hope you and your children will be able to spend great, quality time together over the next two weeks. The staff will aim to do the same, as well as get ready for Term 4 - a teacher’s work never stops!
Barend Blom – Principal