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BETHLEHEM COLLEGE

AUGUST 2019 ISSUE THREE

Journal


WELCOME TO THE MID-WINTER’S EDITION

OF THE JOURNAL. THERE IS MUCH TO

GIVE GOD THANKS FOR AS WE REFLECT

BACK ON THE LAST FEW WEEKS. IN

PSALM 92 WE READ ‘WHAT A BEAUTIFUL

THING, GOD, TO GIVE THANKS, TO SING

AN ANTHEM TO YOU, THE HIGH GOD! TO

ANNOUNCE YOUR LOVE AT DAYBREAK AND

SING YOUR FAITHFUL PRESENCE ALL

THROUGH THE NIGHT’.

King Solomon was

supposedly the wisest,

wealthiest and greatest

man who ever lived. He

followed after King David

who wrote many of the

Psalms. Solomon wrote

Ecclesiastes and at the end

of Chapter 5 he concludes

that all the riches the world,

all the honours, all the

accolades, all the applause,

all the achievements are as

NOTHING compared to the

joy of having your heart full

with the gladness that comes

from a relationship with the

God who made us.

A heart of gladness is

a wonderful way to live

because you are content

rather than striving for more

and more. The new College

Strategy is called THE WAY

– Te Huarahi. It articulates

The Way

JULY 2 0 19

JOHN 14:6 (NIV)

JESUS ANSWERED, “I

AM THE WAY AND THE

TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

NO ONE COMES TO

THE FATHER E XCEP T

THROUGH ME.”

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a vision for your children

focusing on Jesus being the

way, the truth and the life

(John 14:6) and what we are

defi ning as the 4Hs – Heart,

Head, Hands and Habits. At

the Founders’ Day Assembly

we gave every student a

bookmark of THE WAY.

The 4Hs and the 12 ‘To’

statements that go with them

are very powerful notions of

how to approach life and

build this Godly relationship.

The Heart

To be You

To be Christ-like

To be Connected

The Head

To be Curious

To be Wise

To be Redemptive

The Hands

To Hold

To Serve

To Lead

The Habits

To Reflect

To Pray

To Read

Shortly, we will publish our

Bethlehem Strategy and

share it with all whanau. Can

I encourage you to have

good conversations with your

children about these virtues

(‘To’ statements) and to join

with us in building these into

their lives?

At the end of last term,

Bethlehem College hosted

a national conference for

the NZACS (NZ Association

of Christian Schools) and

had nearly 600 delegates

attend. The facilities coped

really well and the keynote

speakers and workshops

were excellent. Thank you for

accommodating this in terms

of the Teacher Only Days.

We now resort to our normal

Teacher Only Days at the

beginning of each term.

B Block alterations in BC

Primary are well underway

and due for completion

around week 4 this term. The

feedback we have received

around A Block has been

very encouraging so we

are confi dent that we will

experience similar gains with

our renovations to these

buildings, which now have

a concrete fl oor to minimise

unnecessary noise levels.

This has been a signifi cant

investment by the CET and

we thank them for their

provision.

Welcome to all new staff and

students attending Bethlehem

College in Tauranga and

Rotorua. The Proprietor (BCL)

is applying to the Minister of

Education for a further roll

increase to our capped roll.

Currently our cap is 1,790. If

we achieve a 2,013 cap, then

we will proceed with an extra

Y7 class next year which

will allow us to enrol more

students at that entry point.

Currently our wait list at all

levels exceeds 700 students.

The winter sports season

is well underway with many

competitions entering

their fi nal stages. Winter

Tournament and the AIMS

Games are just around the

corner. Thank you to all

parents who serve in this

area – we appreciate your

commitment and support.

We also give thanks for every

student who comes each day

to BC to learn and grow. Our

prayer is that each one will

become strong in their faith

and works, learning to be

glad at all times and to serve

others from a heart attitude of

gratitude.

Shalom

EOIN CROSBIE

PRINCIPAL

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Library news

At the library we have two

new staff members in the

Resource Room and some of

you might already have met

them. Mrs Armstrong left

at the end of last term and

Mrs Shakes and Mrs Wilton

were appointed as part of the

library team and they will help

you with all your textbook

needs.

This term we are going to

celebrate Library Week from

19 – 23 August. The theme

will be LEGO and it will mean

lots of fun! Start planning

your project if you are in the

Primary section. The Junior

Secondary Quiz will also be

on, so be prepared to come

and support the quizzers.

More information will be

available later.

REMEMBER, THE LIBRARY IS OPEN FROM 7:30, SO IF YOU

ARRIVE EARLY, YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A WARM PLACE HERE.

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LAST DAY OF TERM 3 – FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

FIRST DAY OF TERM 4 – TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019

Please note students wear the summer uniform for Term 1 & Term 4

Please note students wear the winter uniform for Term 2 & Term 3

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Parent Teachers

Association

WHO ARE WE? THE PTA ARE A DEDICATED AND HARDWORKING

GROUP OF PARENTS WHO ASSIST THE SCHOOL WITH

FUNDRAISING FOR EXPERIENCES, RESOURCES AND

SUBSIDISED ACTIVITIES OVER AND ABOVE WHAT IS COVERED

BY YOUR SCHOOL FEES.

2019 has been a great year

for the PTA - thus far this

year we have sponsored the

extremely inspirational story

of William Pike who spoke

to a group of parents and

students in the evening and

then to the senior school

the next day. We have

offered the highly popular

Entertainment Books,

sponsored the Lego club,

started funding robotronic

and extra equipment for

the rock-climbing wall in

the Events Centre. The

usual promotions have also

made an appearance – the

Noel Leeming campaign

which always brings in good

funding for the school (and

discounts for you!) and

coming up in the latter part of

the year is the Calendar Art

for the Primary school.

But the PTA are more than

just fundraisers; we seek to

foster a connection between

parents and teachers to

grow and develop our school

community. We have a lot of

great ideas and a passion for

seeing our children achieve

their very best and have an

amazing school experience.

To accomplish those goals,

the old saying comes in

‘many hands make light

work!’ You may think that it

is a huge time commitment

to be a part of the PTA,

but it will be only what you

are able to commit to. Of

course, regular members are

essential to getting things

done, but we also need and

welcome casual volunteers

to help at events and / or

contribute their skills to

special projects. Please get

in touch if you would like to

be involved in some way and

we can help you fi nd your fi t.

If you would like to come to

a PTA meeting, we would

welcome you! The meetings

are usually held on the fi rst

Wednesday of each month

(except school holidays) and

are advertised in Signpost

the week before, or you can

join the PTA volunteer list by

emailing us at PTA@beth.

school.nz.

GRAEME BARNES

PTA PRESIDENT.

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BETHLEHEM INTERNATIONAL

July 2019

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO DURING THE DAY IS

TO POP INTO JENNY’S PRIMARY ESOL CLASSROOM AND SEE

WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE DOING.

Lately, they have been

learning English through

gardening and preparing

food. One day I see them in

their ‘ESOL Garden’ and the

next day they are preparing

their kale for cooking. What

a fantastic way to learn new

words and have fun at the

same time!

In the past couple of months,

we have farewelled some

dear students and families as

they return to their respective

countries. One of the

outstanding characteristics

of our departing families

has been the way they have

each integrated fully into the

‘kiwi’ way of life. They have

embraced the culture, the

opportunities and the people

in a way that, I think, allowed

them to experience the very

best of living in New Zealand.

As with all our departing

students and families, we

look forward to seeing them

again in the coming years.

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On the positive side, we

have been fortunate this term

to welcome fourteen new

students from Korea, Japan,

Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong

and China. They are a lovely

group of students and we

look forward to making them

feel welcome and part of our

Bethlehem College whanau.

Coming from the northern

hemisphere summer into

our winter can be a bit of a

shock, but I have assured

them it is going to get warmer

(fi ngers crossed). The variety

of countries that our students

come from really does help

bring a diversity and cultural

depth to the wider student

body. I like the way students

are in a position to mix with

others who do not speak

their native language but do

share a similar experience.

This creates opportunities for

empathy and friendship.

Part of our orientation

programme when new

students arrive, is to

introduce them to the senior

student leaders. This is an

opportunity for the student

leaders to welcome the new

students and begin to ease

them into life at BC. We

are fortunate to have such

gracious student leaders who

are happy to give their time

and extend manaakitanga to

arriving students.

Even though students are

busy with the rigors of study

and assignments, we are still

going to fi nd time to have

plenty of fun together. The

annual All Black game is

always a highlight, as is the

International Winter Ski Camp

later in the term.

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1 AFFIRMATION

Affi rm their emotion,

affi rm them and give them

a sense of authenticity.

Build bridges not barriers.

2 ACCEPTANCE

BC CHAPMAN

COLLEGE

OUR ENTIRE BC CHAPMAN STAFF WERE

PRIVILEGED TO ATTEND THE NZACS

CONFERENCE, ‘THE WAY’ ON THE FINAL

TWO DAYS OF TERM 2.

Our entire BC Chapman Staff

were privileged to attend the

NZACS Conference, ‘The

Way’ on the fi nal two days

of Term 2. Josh and Sean

McDowell from Texas were

the keynote speakers. We

felt compelled to share the

‘Seven principles for building

relationships’ which Josh

shared with us on the fi nal

day of Conference, with

our entire BC Chapman

Community. They focus on

building relationships with

our young people, both as

parents and as teachers.

They are a timely reminder

that we can truly grow and

equip our children to relate

and navigate life more

effectively when healthy

relationship is fostered.

Application of these seven

principles will defi nitely

strengthen our families and

our communities and we

have decided that a great

way to begin to embed these

is to take one, each day of

the week.

Accept your child and

be careful NOT to

communicate worth

on performance. LOVE

them because they

ARE my son/daughter

regardless of behaviour

or circumstances. Our

children RISE to the level

of our opinion of them.

We remember that each

child is made in the image

of God, of immeasurable

worth, dignity and

respect.

3 APPRECIATION

Express this often as it

gives our children a sense

of signifi cance when they

understand that they have

done or said something

worthwhile.

4 AVAILABILITY

Be available to them, fully

present and attentive.

Every moment of time

spent with them, being

open to connect with them,

really matters to them.

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TIME is LOVE so MAKE

THE TIME!

5 AFFECTION

Sense of love-ability.

When a child knows he/

she is lovable then he/she

feels secure. Tell them

often how much we love

them.

6 APPROACH

Express this often as it

gives our children a sense

of signifi cance when they

understand that they have

done or said something

worthwhile.

7 ACCOUNTABILITY

Give your children

reasonable rules,

reasonable boundaries

and limits and hold them

to these. This shows

them we truly love and

care about them.

We have completed our BC

Chapman, the Inter-School

and Regional Cross-Country

events all with a sense of

satisfaction and success.

Our own Cross Country was

held on the Waipa side of the

Whakarewarewa Forest. The

rain forecasted fortunately did

not eventuate. Our children

ran with determination and

passionate commitment to

the end, earning points for

their respective Houses. Best

of all no one got lost, the

sausages were a delicious

and welcome reward upon

completion of the course

and we had a fi ne contingent

of enthusiasts supporting

us. The results favoured

Mahaki House. However,

with Principal’s Awards now

beginning to come in, the

House Board leader is sure

to change from week to

week.

We took 13 athletes to the

Inter-School event which

was held at Kaharoa School

across undulating farmland.

Much to our delight, six of

these 13 qualifi ed for the

BoP Regional Cross-Country

event the following week

and our marathon runner

Isaac Ryan again won the

12+ year’s race in true style.

We were reminded that it is

never about the size of the

school, but rather about the

talents, God has generously

given to each of us and the

faithfulness with which they

are developed and used. We

look forward to where God

will take these young people

as athletes in the future.

The fi rst two Principal’s

Awards for 2019 have been

won by Morgan Packer

and Isobella Parker, both of

whom are Year 2 students.

They have set the bar

for others and we are so

proud of them and their

Imagine how our children

can flourish and grow as

they experience these

in action at home and at

school. Together we can,

by God’s grace, provide

them with consistent faith,

hope and love. We are

excited about how we can

apply these within our BC

Chapman community.

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outstanding accomplishment.

Mr. Crosbie’s presence

at Assembly is a much

anticipated and celebrated

occasion, as these awards

are then presented and there

are smiles all round.

Our School Reports were

sent out on the fi nal day of

Term 2. We are so proud

of each young person and

the progress each one had

made. Writing our Reports

gives us the opportunity

to consider and celebrate

the diligence they have

shown and appreciate the

joy of what has been learnt.

The Student Refl ection is

perhaps the most insightful

comment for us as teachers.

They bring a smile, keep

us humble and remind us

of what really matters to

our children. One of our

little Year 1’s wrote in her

student refl ection the cutest

comment. ‘I can go on the

bar and easily get off, but the

best part is I can stand on

the top of the big bar.

When I was little I could read

with my eyes closed but

now I can read with my eyes

open’.

We have had a whole array

of different events throughout

the Term 2. 55 highly talented

14-18 year olds from Como

College in Perth visited and

blessed us with their musical

talents. They were in Rotorua

for the Rhapsody Festival

of Secondary Music and

amidst their busy schedule,

gave us a free concert. To

it, we invited our friends

from the Te Rangihakahaka

kura. Together, we enjoyed

the inspirational talents of

Como students who played

classical, right through to

modern day pieces, the

latter of which included

our singing along! It was

extremely interactive and we

even managed to have some

of our students conducting

the ‘Big Band’. The Excel

School of Performing Arts

also visited and delighted

us with song, drama and

dance. This was yet another

reminder of the way in

which the Performing Arts

can powerfully connect and

communicate truth.

The ‘Go4IT’ Sport BoP

Programme is an ongoing

hit with our BC Chapman

whanau. The PE skills of the

children are further extended

as they work with Dan,

from Sport BoP and their

teachers through weekly

practice. When Dan arrives

each Monday, you can sense

the anticipation. There is no

shortage of offers to help

him carry the gear and set

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up for each lesson. Sport

BoP offer a brilliant range of

programmes and events for

our schools here in Rotorua

to participate in. We are

indeed privileged to have

such sporting expertise and

investment which fosters

the holistic well-being of our

children.

We hosted close to 150

people for the local Rotorua

Chess Power Tournament. It

was an extremely successful

event and an opportunity for

us to serve the wider Rotorua

School community. Chess is

a wonderful game of not only

strategy, but also of personal

resilience

and resourcefulness.

Whaea Wendy and Room

3 tamariki visited Comvita

at Paengaroa. They had

a marvelous time building

upon their knowledge of

the signifi cance of bees in

our world. Some of their

inquiry questions were

answered and they returned

able to effectively complete

and present their research

fi ndings.

Our main PTA event for Term

2 celebrated and honoured

our many volunteers who in

one way or another serve us.

Board members, leadership,

property maintenance,

library processing, uniform

oversight, administration

assistance, hospitality,

prayer, innovative ideas and

creations, graphic design,

extra learning opportunities

because of community

vision and expertise…..we

are the recipients of all and

more! These special people

enrich our BC Chapman

whanau in ways that are

impossible to fully capture.

We chose the theme of

‘Narnia’. The ambience

of a cosy fi re burning, the

mysterious wardrobe, a

sturdy lamppost, twinkling

fairy lights, fur coats, golden

lions, a ‘Beavermatic’ Sewing

Machine and delicious food

created the ideal setting

for connection. For us,

we can never express our

gratitude often enough to

and for, those who tirelessly

and faithfully serve our

community. No role played is

more or less signifi cant to us

and occasions such as this

are like ‘gold’ in our yearly

calendar. Indeed, we are

surrounded and blessed by

SO many and have SO much

to be thankful for.

Me te aroha tonu

With love always

HAZEL AND THE

BC CHAPMAN WHANAU

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NEWS

Primary

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PRIMARY

Introduction

THROUGHOUT TERM 2 WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON MATTHEW

25:14-30, THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. IN CONJUNCTION

WITH OUR SCHOOL THEME ‘GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS’.

It is a great opportunity to

explore a Biblical worldview

of how God would want us

to use our gifts and talents. It

is important that our children

develop a positive view of

how God has created them,

that each of us is unique

and that God asks us to use

our talents to contribute to

the world around us. The

parable certainly encourages

taking risks and we know

that to develop and grow we

need to be willing to do that.

Within the business groups

that have been operating this

term, we have learned that

we all bring different skills,

all of which are needed to

be successful. We would

encourage you to keep

highlighting for your child the

gifts and talents that make

them unique and how those

fi t in the world around them.

TEAM TE AKA

Getting down to business.

As part of their learning this

term, Team Te Aka (Year

2) travelled to the Historic

Village to visit the Men’s

Shed, where they build

hand crafted wooden toys,

kitchen and homewares.

From here the classes went

to Spongedrop Cakery to

hear the story of how the

business started – and,

of course, to sample a

cupcake! The trip was a

wonderful experience that

linked well with our term

theme of ‘Getting Down to

Business’.

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MARKET DAY

Market Day at BC Primary

was a successful event

that brought a wonderful

conclusion to our school

theme ‘Getting Down to

Business’. The children were

fully engaged in the process

and certainly displayed

ownership of their business

ideas.

this term focus was an

integrated approach with a

combination of technology,

enterprise, fi nancial literacy

and understanding our gifts

and talents being explored.

The takings on the day

were over $5500 with the

profi ts from each business

We are thankful for the

parent community who

supported the event.

The learning within

being donated to a charity

chosen by the class.

PEER PATROL

Our student leaders group

have kicked off a new

initiative. This wonderful

group of students will now

be patrolling the playground

at lunchtimes (Tuesday –

Friday) on the lookout for

children who are displaying

outstanding character.

This is a great opportunity to

support a positive playground

culture and mentor younger

children in the playground.

Thanks team for serving the

school in this way!

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CROSS COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES

Following on from our

school cross country, our

representative team went on

to compete at a number of

interschool events.

The following students

placed in the top 7 at the

North Cluster and qualifi ed

to compete at the WBOP

competition. Kyle Walters,

Charlie Calderwood, Bruno

Nemedi, Shima Fletcher,

Josh Kidd, Bryn Nash,

Jasper Peacocke, Madison

Berg, Caila Venter, Bonnie

Pendergast, Micke Venter,

Dulcie Copeland, Jasmine

Griffi ths, Emma Fletcher and

Isla Rogers.

Of particular note was Isla

Rogers who mistakenly

missed some of the course

and doubled back and STILL

won her North Cluster race

in a convincing fashion.

At the Western Bay of Plenty

event, Isla Rogers once

again dominated her Year

5 race winning it by a good

margin. Emma Fletcher,

Dulcie Copeland and

Jasmine Griffi ths were also

outstanding coming in the

top 10 of this event! Shima

Fletcher and Bryn Nash also

took out 2nd and 3rd place

which was a fantastic effort

in a really challenging fi eld of

athletes.

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ESOL GARDEN

This term in ESOL (English as

a Second Language) our Year

4 students have planted and

are growing vegetables in our

‘ESOL Garden’. They have

planted silver beet, spinach,

curly kale and pakchoi. The

students read books about

gardening fi rst so that they

knew how to grow plants in

our garden. Once they had

weeded the garden, they

took turns planting the plants

and then got crafty, making

a sign for our ESOL Garden!

This was a time-consuming

process, waiting each day

for the paint to dry and then

having to put it all together.

They were glad once it was

fi nished! A BIG thanks to the

woodwork team who made

the background of the sign

for us! This is just one of the

many fun things we do in

ESOL.

MINIBALL WORLD CUP

Our Year 5/6 mini ball team

had a fantastic day playing

the Mini-ball World Cup at

ASB Stadium. There was

such a feeling of teamwork,

enthusiasm and passion for

the game - with plenty of

skill on show too. Can you

guess which country BC are

this year? A special thanks

to Mrs Phelps who tirelessly

supports basketball in the

primary school!

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CATEGORY WINNER CATEGORY WINNER

Variety Fuse Group Dance Group

Maeve Pacey

& Chloe Buck

Drama

Ava Gaddum & Audience

Kiani Mear-Poona Appeal

E2 Class Item

Instrumental Sebin Park Judges Choice Reuben Bishop

Vocal Grace Kennedy

Highly

Commended

Nyah Phelps

Dance Solo Indiana Wright

Highly

Commended

Dulcie Copeland

TALENT QUEST

Congratulations to all those

Year 5/6 students who

performed at the Talent Quest

fi nals. It was a wonderful night

of celebrating a large range of

talents across a number

of categories.

AMAZING RACE

This group of students

represented BC Primary at

the Amazing Race held at

the Te Puna Quarry Park.

It was an action-packed

day full of creative problem

solving and loads of fun!

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NEWS

Junior

Secondary

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JUNIOR SECONDARY

JUNIOR SECONDARY SPEECHES

The Junior Secondary

speech fi nals were held in

the PAC. This event was

very entertaining and a great

success thanks to Mrs Roser

who organised the day.

There were six contestants

representing Year 7 to Year

9. Lillie Nesbitt and Charlie

Etherington represented Year

7; Miya Nelson and Kadie

Burrows represented Year

8; and Tahlia Hannah and

Isabella Etherington took the

fl oor for Year 9.

The speeches were

persuasive and diverse with

topics ranging from ‘Whales’

to ‘Siblings’! Overall, the

winner on the day was

Isabella Etherington with a

speech convincing us why

changes in language is a

good thing, and Charlie

Etherington was runner up

with a fantastic speech on

why failure is key to success.

All the speakers on the day

did an amazing job and were

very courageous. It was an

awesome event. Thank you

to those who took part, the

judges and all those involved.

CRAFT REPORT This term, Year 7 and

8 Craft students have

been learning to use

a sewing machine by making a noughts and

crosses travel game. We have also made

butterfl ies and turtles from wool and ice block

sticks. Being creative and meeting new people

is a great way to spend the wet winter term

lunch times.

Emily Gillingham

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GLOBAL CITIZENS DAY

On Wednesday 26th June

2019 Year 8 held a Market

Day to fundraise for TEAR

Fund. The Year 8 students

had been completing a

“Love Your Neighbour Unit”

so we thought it fi tting

to apply our skills to an

authentic context to show an

act of kindness globally.

Each class suggested an

organisation and how we

would raise the funds. We

set up a committee of class

representatives in order to

make decisions.

There were a large variety

of stalls on the day, ranging

from ice cream sodas, to

pizza, to go-cart rides. All

the students involved had

fun while learning about

business and enterprise,

and caring for others. We

raised a healthy $1,572.70.

The money will be spent

on starting businesses

with coffee plants, buying

livestock, sponsoring a

teenager to go to high

school, infant packages, and

putting human traffi ckers

behind bars.

It was a fun and educational

experience for all Year

8 and all of Secondary.

It emphasised how we

should live as Christians

and reinforced our memory

verses for the unit, especially

Mark 12:30-31. I believe that

it is a benefi cial experience

that should be repeated in

the years to come.

Sarah Taylor

BETHLEHEM COLLEGE JOURNAL ISSUE 3


DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

Slowly, I entered the gloomy

room, a skeletal hand

beckoning me forward. I

sauntered over to an immense

TV screen, acting more

confi dent than I felt. The TV

fl ickered on as I stepped

nearer; a sports game was

playing. I had to tear my eyes

away. Glancing around the

meticulously organised offi ce,

my eyes settled on a sinister

looking man perched on a tall

leather armchair.

“Sit,” he said hoarsely,

gesturing towards a small

wooden stool in the corner.

Nervously, I sat awaiting the

scolding I would no doubt be

given. I knew it would all go

downhill from here and it was

entirely my own fault.

Charlotte Drake

SPORTS CAMP 2019

As I stood on the cold, rough

tennis courts, my heart

pounded, waiting for the

fi rst game. “BC Eagles over

here!” Abigail, my teammate,

and I walked nervously over

to the yellow and black mini

trampoline. Our fi rst game of

Spikeball was about to begin.

Wham! I smacked the ball as

hard as I can onto the springy

net. The opponents missed

the ball and we scored our

fi rst, of many, points. In my

head I was thinking, “That

worked”. After we won our

fi rst game, our confi dence

levels rose. The second game

was much like the fi rst, the

score was 21 to 10. Our

third game, against one of

the best schools, Bucklands

Beach Intermediate, was so

much more challenging but

we managed, with the help

of my dad’s strategy, to win.

“Advancing to the semifi nals;

BC!” With a giant grin from ear

to ear, bounded over to my

dad and yelled at him,

“We’re in the semifi nals!”

The fl oodlit court is the only

place for miles that is bathed

in the white light. After winning

the semifi nal, we watched the

last set of the other semifi nal.

Another very sporty school,

Elim Christian College, was

in the fi nal with us. In the fi rst

set, we were beaten by a fair

margin but we came back to

win the second set. The third

and fi nal set went to extra

points as you had to win by

two and unfortunately we lost.

Although we didn’t win, we

both came away very pleased

as we had never played

before. It was an experience I

would want to relive again.

From this experience, I

learned that trying new things

is the only way to know

what you like and dislike.

It was extremely enjoyable

and I would love to play this

wonderful sport again.

Written by Archie Cook 8MGR

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The highlight of my time at

sports camp was defi nitely

winning the girls’ outdoor

hockey. I remembered the

feeling of disappointment but

happiness for the year 7’s

(BC Giants) when they bet us

in indoor girls’ hockey. This

time we desperately wanted

to win, get some revenge. BC

Giants were huddled around

in a group, probably talking

about tactics. We hurriedly did

the same thing. We listened

to the positions, subs, and

strategies, but at the same

time not really focusing. Eyeing

up the competition, we made

our way onto the fi eld. Waiting

for the whistle to blow, it felt

like fi ve minutes instead of 5

seconds. Suddenly the whistle

blew. It was strange as it

caught off guard even though

I was waiting for it. Next thing

I knew, people were running

and chasing for the ball as

though it was a deluxe triple

chocolate brownie with oozing

chocolate coming out of it

when you bit in to it. We were

playing with everything we

could to get the goal. The ball

smashed into hockey sticks

like thunder, being swung into

goals and suddenly stopped.

Now that I look back on it, I

kind of feel bad for the ball

being bashed around. The

piercing whistle blew over and

over again. Everyone was out

of breath and puffi ng. “One

more goal and we would win!”

I remember thinking to myself

excitedly. Whether I was sub

or playing, it was still the same

out amount of excitement.

The ball was whirling down

our side from a good hit and

there was a high chance that

we would score a goal. The

ball was spun into the goal.

Silence settled over everything.

The goalie tried to stop the

ball with all her might, but just

missed it. We had won! The

feeling was amazing.

I learnt in sports camp that if

we encourage each other and

work as a team, no matter

how badly we are losing, we

can always come out on top.

Sports camp was an amazing

experience and I would

defi nitely recommend it to

anyone willing to give it a go.

By Jaime Lock 8MGR

BETHLEHEM COLLEGE JOURNAL ISSUE 3


MINECRAFT DESIGN CLUB

WAIKATO YOUNG

LEADERS DAY

Every Tuesday lunchtime,

56 students cram into a

classroom to play ‘Minecraft’.

You may ask whether they

are just playing a game or are

they actually learning?

Minecraft is good for

students; it is the promotion

of creativity, problemsolving,

self-direction and

collaboration. The NZ

curriculum encourages

students “to look to the future

by exploring such signifi cant

future-focused issues as

sustainability, citizenship,

enterprise, globalisation and

future careers.”

Students have been given an

assignment based on these

topics to create a strategic

scenario for younger students

to solve. This means players

have to think on their feet

if they want to stay alive.

Students have designed

pirate galleys, re-creations of

both fi ctional and real-world

cities to achieve this.

They have had to incorporate

a learning area into this

scenario such as reading

signs and clues, answering

Mathematics questions to

get out of a maze or fi nding

letters to reassemble to fi nd

the code word to move to the

next level. One of the most

impressive is a recreation

of historical events such as

D-Day and ancient Roman,

Greek and Egypt civilisations.

Students have also recreated

NZ history with a focus on

Parihaka. What better way to

bring history to life than going

on a virtual tour that students

have created.

Sheena Brewer

Yr8 Team Leader

On Tuesday in the last week

of Term 2, sixteen Year 9

captains had the privilege

and opportunity to go to

Waikato University and attend

a leader’s day, along with

young leaders from schools

all over central North Island.

We listened to several inspiring

and challenging speakers,

who overcame challenges in

their lives, despite a variety of

diffi cult circumstances. Key

messages we took away were,

‘you do not need a badge to

be a leader’, ‘never give up’,

and ‘believe in yourself’.

In the afternoon, we had a

discussion time where we

expressed what we had

learnt and what we wanted

to bring back to school, to

make a difference. This was

my favourite part of the day.

Some of our ideas included

implementing recycling bins,

fundraising for children in

poverty in India and growing a

sport at lunchtime. Overall, it

was an awesome experience

which I was so pleased to be

a part of.

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NEWS

Senior

Secondary

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Cultural

TERM 2 WAS INCREDIBLY BUSY FOR THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

THE JAZZ BAND PLAYED EXCELLENTLY IN WELLINGTON AND

RECEIVED SOME GREAT FEEDBACK IN THEIR WORKSHOP SESSION

WITH DANIEL HAYES ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS

AT THE NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

In our choral programme,

Animoso and BC Sound

Collective both competed

in the regional Big Sing at

Holy Trinity Church. Both

groups did really well. For BC

Sound Collective, it was their

fi rst competition and their

fi rst ever performance. They

showed great promise and

the adjudicator complimented

on the use of student

conductors (Sarah Mileham

and Oscar Brady). This choir

is one to look out for.

Further congratulations go to

Animoso as they were highly

commended and came away

with the best mixed choir

award for the competition.

Animoso will now perform in

Cadenza which is set aside

for the best choirs from the

region to be held in Rotorua.

At the end of the Term 2,

Bethlehem College hosted

the NZACS conference.

Christian teachers and

educators came from all over

New Zealand, Australia, the

Pacifi c Islands and the USA.

On the Friday afternoon,

Animoso performed in

the main auditorium and

became a fi rm favourite

amongst the delegates. That

same evening, whilst all the

conference delegates enjoyed

a three-course meal, the Jazz

Band were the entertainers

of choice as they played a

whole host of well-known jazz

pieces.

Our Chamber groups

performed very well in

the NZ Chamber Music

Competition at St Peter’s on

the Mount with two of the

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four groups being awarded

highly commended. The

adjudicator said that he was

so encouraged to see that

Bethlehem College were

putting forward a good

number of diverse chamber

music groups.

Our Rock Bands, Rift and

High Resolution, also did very

well in the regional fi nals of

SmokeFree RockQuest.

It has been so encouraging

to watch the bands develop

their performance and song

writing capabilities. A special

congratulations go to Jack

Hendy who came away with a

‘musician of the night’ award.

Our itinerant programme

continues to prosper with

many students gaining

successes in recent

examinations. We also

welcome Drum Kit &

Percussion tutor, Joe Cooper

onto our itinerant team.

We are very grateful to our

itinerants as they contribute

so much in the creative

development of our students.

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Drama

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY WINNER

We proudly announce

and congratulate a 2018

Performing Arts student, Flynn

Harris, who has been awarded

a scholarship to attend the

New York Film Academy to

study Bachelor of Fine Arts

in Film making, Directing and

Performance, Screen Writing,

Cinematology, Sound and

Lighting. The scholarship has

a monetary value of NZ $72K

over 3 years.

It is extremely diffi cult and very

rare for a non-American to

be awarded this scholarship,

but Flynn’s CV, interview and

testimonials so impressed the

selectors that he was given

this very prestigious award.

What a great achievement!

Linda Anderson

HOD Drama

SHAKESPEARE

CHAMPIONS

Following on from their success

in the regional Sheila Winn

Shakespeare competition,

Nathan Brewer and Caley

McCulloch represented

Bethlehem College at the

National University of Otago

Sheila Winn Competition, held

in Wellington over Queen’s

Birthday.

These drama students

performed an extract from

the speech ‘To be or not to

be’. The performance was an

externalization of the confl ict

occurring between Hamlet and

his Mind, during his famous

soliloquy ‘To Be or Not To Be’.

The character of Hamlet was

played by Nathan Brewer and

Hamlet’s Mind was performed

by Caley McCulloch. It was a

stunning performance.

Congratulations to Caley

McCulloch for being selected

to perform in the National

Shakespeare Schools

Production, where she has

an opportunity to perform

on the Globe Theatre and

attend Workshops in London.

Selection will take place in

September, so we wish

Caley well.

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Moral

Marine Reach Family Care

Centre which houses medical,

dental, and research facilities,

the team travelled out to more

remote villages to run health

clinics for Nivan people who

do not normally have access

to this care. Trained by Dr

Nigel Kim prior to leaving, the

students were able to engage

in Diabetes testing, treat and

dress severe wounds, take

blood samples, and give health

and lifestyle education.

At BC our conviction is that

our Christian faith should

be integral to everything we

do. It is not ‘tacked’ on as

an afterthought. As a staff

team we have engaged in

professional development

to examine and challenge

ourselves to do this to the

best of abilities in this unique

community. One of the ways

we have been doing this is

through reading the story

of another schools journey

and learning from it. The

small book ‘Transformational

Education’ is a creative

and engaging picture of

the various elements that

contribute to a healthy

Christian education. Themes

such as Nurturing Diversity,

Formation of Head, Heart,

Hands (and Habits), the

Overarching (biblical) Story,

Active Learning, and Oriented

for Students, challenge us

about the why and how we

go about our roles. Maybe

you could ask a staff member

to tell you something of what

they have been learning. our

communities and we have

decided that a great way to

begin to embed these is to

take one, each day of the

week.

MISSION TRIPS

A team of 11 students made

up a very productive team

working in Vanuatu over the

July holidays. Hosted at the

Back at the FCC some

students were able to be

get hands-on experience in

laboratory skills analysing blood

samples, and contributing data

to a national health database.

Our students conducted

themselves superbly and with

grace in some situations which

were well beyond their comfort

zone. Their programme also

included involvement with local

schools by running sports and

game activities. Local teachers,

often untrained or unpaid,

were able to receive some

professional development from

our teacher leaders. We are

confi dent that the willingness

to serve the people of Vanuatu

in these ways has led to some

very formative learning for our

students and also made a

signifi cant contribution to the

welfare of the Nivan people.

Our goal is to continue to

build on these partnership

relationships in the coming

years, as God continues to

open doors for us.

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Physical

THE FOCUS OF TERM 2 WAS WINTER SPORTS AND CROSS

COUNTRY. BETHLEHEM COLLEGE ACHIEVED SOME OUTSTANDING

RESULTS ACROSS A RANGE OF CROSS COUNTRY RACES AND

REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS!

The Bay of Plenty Cross

Country Intermediate race

was hotly contested by two

BC students; Shima Fletcher

won the race with Taylin

Chandler coming second.

Jack Rogers, Phillip Lind

Azevedo and Aaron Taylor

also achieved top 20 places.

Sylvia Thompson earned 3rd

place in the Year 8 girl’s race

which was also a tremendous

achievement.

The New Zealand Secondary

Schools Cross Country

Championships were

recently held in Timaru. Three

Bethlehem College students

achieved great results with

Summar Tanner coming 11th

out of 96 Runners in the

Junior Girls category with a

time of 12 minutes for the

3km course. Ian Pugh raced

in the Junior Boys category

and placed 37th out of 120

Runners in a time of 15mins

05secs for the 4 km course.

Elliot Pugh competed in

the Year 9 Boys race and

achieved 4th out of 116

Runners for the 3 km time

and in a very quick time of

10mins 47 secs.

Ex – student, Samuel Tanner

also had success in an

invitational international race,

improving his NZ U19 record

and now holding the NZ U20

record as well!

The Western Bay of

Plenty Cross Country

championships were held in

perfect conditions at Waipuna

Park during term 2. Taylin

Chandler in Year 7 took out

the Boys race. He was in

second place for most of

the race before sprinting

the last 100m to win. Sylvia

Thompson achieved 3rd

place in her Year 8 Girls race.

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Eden Worsley has just

returned from South Korea

after competing in the

FINA World Synchronised

Swimming Championships.

She competed in the senior

technical team, senior

free team and the senior

technical duet. She was

also the reserve for the

senior free duet. This an

incredible accomplishment

to be performing at a world

championships at 17!

Eden Worsley, Charlotte

McColl and Greta Nemedi

recently competed in the

North Island Synchronised

swimming championship.

Eden and her partner Isobel

Petit (former Bethlehem

College student) came fi rst

in their duet and Greta and

Charlotte placed second in

their duet. They have now

qualifi ed to compete in the

National competition later

on this year.

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Three Bethlehem College

1st XI Hockey players have

been selected in the Midlands

regional U18 Women's team

to play at the U18 National

tournament in Wellington.

Emilie Logan, Meila Eades

and Jaimee Eades were the

only players from Tauranga

selected and all three girls are

BC students!

Sarah Wilson and Stella

Wilson have been selected in

the U17 Bay of Plenty Netball

team who competed in the

National tournament during

the July School holidays where

they achieved 15th place out

of over 40 teams. Both girls

have recently been a part

of an intensive off season

programme lead by Assistant

Silver Ferns coach Deb Fuller.

Their selection is refl ective of

the hard work and dedication

they have shown to their

fi tness and tactical play.

During the Queen’s Birthday

weekend the National

Interprovincial Volleyball

Championships were held in

Wellington. Millie Jones was

part of the U17 A team, Sarah

Stratton competed in the U19

A team and Caleb Browne and

Jack Jones were part of the

U17 Development team. The

teams relished the impressive

standard of play that a national

tournament offers and Sarah

Stratton was named as part

of the ‘Super 7’ tournament

team. Well done to all of

our representative Volleyball

players.

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TERM DATES 2019

FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

TERM START TERM FINISH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Wednesday 30 January

TERM 1

11wks

Year 13 only

NB: 22 March

Staff Only Day

Friday 12 April

(102 half-days)

Monday 15 April

to Friday 26 April

TERM 2 10 wks Monday 29 April

TERM 3 10 wks Monday 22 July

TERM 4 9 wks Tuesday 15 October

Wednesday 3 July

(94 half-days)

Friday 27 September

(100 half-days)

Thursday 12 December

(84 half-days)

NB: Thursday 4th,

Friday 5th July Staff only

Days Monday 8 July to

Friday 19 July

Monday 30 September

to Monday 14 October

Friday 13 December

These term dates comply with Ministry of Education requirements - open for instruction 380 (half) days in 2019.

Please refer to the BC Signpost and our Web Calendar for all Staff Professional Development days or any other

important dates that will have an impact on the school term for students.

Wednesday 30

January

Thursday 31

January

Friday 1

February

Monday 4

February

START OF YEAR

COMMENCEMENT DATES

FOR STUDENTS

Yr 13 Course Confi rmation only

Yr 13 Camp Commences pm

All Years 1 – 9, including BC

Chapman (No Yr 10)

Yr 11 - 12 Course Confi rmation

only Y13 at Camp

All Years 1 – 9

(No Yrs 10, 11 & 12)

Yr 13 at Camp

All Primary and Secondary

Students

Monday 28

January

Wednesday 6

February

Friday 19 April

Monday 22 April

Tuesday 23 April

Thursday 25 April

Monday 3 June

2019 STATUTORY

HOLIDAYS

Auckland Anniversary

Waitangi Day

Good Friday

(during holidays)

Easter Monday

(during holidays)

Easter Tuesday

(during holidays)

ANZAC Day (during holidays)

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 28

October

Labour Day

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS

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Private Bag 12003

Tauranga 3143, New Zealand

PHONE 07 576 6769

WEBSITE

www.beth.school.nz

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