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MARCH 2020 ISSUE ONE

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New Staff 2020

KARLEE RIPPEY

Support Staff

International Student Services Co-ordinator

Karlee is a close family friend of Ngaire Reimers and feels it is an honour

to step into her role as International Student Services Coordinator here

at Bethlehem College. Previously she was at Mercy Ships for the last few

months and before that Parenting Place for the past four years. She is

married to Mike (a teacher) and recently they celebrated their 20 year wedding anniversary!

Karlee and Mike have four children who will be attending Bethlehem College, 3 girls and a boy.

They have been a part of the Equippers Church Family for the last 18 years with five years at

Equippers London then 13 years at Equippers Auckland. Karlee loves movies, reading, baking,

crochet, board games and most of all spending time with her family.

ASTRID READ

BCC

Primary Teacher

Astrid Read will be teaching Year 5 & 6 at Bethlehem College Chapman,

some of whom she was with last year in her role as ESOL Teacher. She

comes from South Africa where she worked in various schools teaching

second language students, as well as students experiencing barriers to

academic learning. Astrid has been married to Craig for 8 years and they have two young

children, Findlay and Talia. Other than a passion for teaching and providing learning support,

Astrid enjoys cooking, reading, running, and exploring the outdoors with her family.

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KAREN WHENUAROA

BCP

Head of Primary

Karen Whenuaroa is returning to BC having been away for the past 11½

years serving at International Christian School in Hong Kong. In her time

there she returned to the classroom to teach 7-8 year olds for 4 years

before taking on the role of Kindergarten Lower Elementary Principal for

the past 7½ years. Deeply invested in Christian Education she has sought to learn and lead in

HK and is excited at the prospect of returning and continuing this journey here at BC. Karen’s

husband Lester is also joining back in his previous PE team for a time as well as studying

his Masters at BTI. With their daughter Elyse and son Logan, and their families in Tauranga,

they are thankful for the next season ahead. Enjoying the outdoors, cafés and moko time are

favourites for Karen.

KEVIN ADDINALL

BCS

HOD Commerce

Kevin is married to Laura and they have three daughters, Bethany, Shanna

and Eden. His family has adapted to the kiwi culture after immigrating

to Tauranga 14 years ago. The past 5 years Kevin worked in middle

management at a public school in Rotorua and is delighted to now be

part of the Christ-centered character upheld at BC. His family serves at Welcome Bay Baptist

Church and love getting involved in community projects that make a direct impact. In his spare

time he supports Laura, who runs her own auditing practice, and he enjoys DIY projects and

going for an occasional run. Kevin is passionate about students’ initiatives, especially business

start-ups and is keen to make a positive impact on students’ lives at BC.

ANDREW ALLEN

BCS

Director of Pastoral Care & Counselling

Andrew joins the team at Bethlehem College having worked in a variety

of positions both locally and abroad. He has a passionate interest to

see individuals develop their unique potential and draws strongly on

his counselling and specialist teacher experience in pursuit of this goal.

Andrew, and his wife Maria, have two adult daughters. Andrew is a keen motorcyclist, garage

tinkerer, reader and ever seeking to increase his skills in watercolour painting and photography.

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ANJA ANGELL-DONALDSON

BCS

DVC, Art Teacher

Anja is an OG (Original Gangster) of Bethlehem College. She has a

background in Fine Arts, loves sports and has been teaching at Katikati

College for the last 2 years. She married Angus who is also a teacher,

3 years ago. She has two beautiful children, Jorjie who is in Year 9 at

Bethlehem College and Beau who is 6 months old. She is excited to be back part time

at Bethlehem College and to continue the street art around the school.

SHANNON BLACK

BCS

Science/Chemistry Teacher

Shannon joins the Science Faculty from Macleans College, Auckland.

Prior to teaching, she spent a number of years doing cancer research

at the University of Auckland. Shannon is married to Malcolm, and they

have four children who will also be attending BC. In her spare time, she

enjoys kayaking, camping, anything to do with the beach, and playing the trombone. After

first deciding she wanted to live in Tauranga 22 years ago, Shannon is excited about the

opportunity to join BC and finally make her home here

LIZETTE EISELEN

BCS

Geography & Science Teacher

Lizette grew up in Africa on a farm, immigrated to New Zealand in

2004. She lectured environmental science and physical geography at

a University and worked as a geohydrologist in South Africa. In New

Zealand, Lizette has worked as a stormwater engineer in Takapuna for

two years. After that she taught at Pukekohe Christian School for a short time. Lizette has also

worked part time, tutoring maths and working with children with dyslexia and dyscalculia. She

has two boys aged 17 and 12, and her eldest son’s passion is swimming. He has represented

New Zealand Internationally and medalled for New Zealand in Australia. Lizette loves the

ocean (she used to do deep sea diving), and the great outdoors. And the Springboks. She is a

Kiwi with South African blood.

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BEN FLETCHER

BCS

Y7/8 Teacher

Ben has recently moved to Tauranga from Auckland with his wife Bex and

10 month old son, Ryder. Prior to moving, Ben was working at Kaurilands

Primary School in Titirangi. In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time

with his son and wife outdoors, catching waves or gardening.

KELLY FURMAGE

BCS

Nutrition & Health Teacher

Kelly is a first year teacher who has just completed her teaching degree.

She originally studied human nutrition, sport and exercise before deciding

to become a teacher last year. She is a past pupil of Bethlehem College,

as she attended this school for 8 years with her twin, and older and

younger sisters. She is looking forward to marrying her fiancé Dylon in a couple of months

and settling into Equippers church. In her spare time you will find her enjoying the outdoors,

running and playing hockey, on the farm and riding motorbikes with Dylon.

SALLY HAYWOOD

BCS

Music Teacher

This is Sally’s first year as a newly qualified Secondary Teacher. Sally

moved from England to New Zealand with her family in 2002 and attended

Bethlehem College for 11 years, where she developed her passion for

music through involvement in various extra-curricular groups. After school,

Sally completed a Bachelor of Music with Honors majoring in Classical Performance Voice at

The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. She quickly found a love for teaching singing

and sharing music with the younger generation, so decided to complete a Postgraduate

Diploma in Secondary Teaching at BTI. She is now in her seventh year as a member of the

New Zealand Youth Choir and looks forward to working with national chamber group Voices

New Zealand for the first time this year. In her spare time, Sally loves cooking vegetarian meals,

doing jigsaw puzzles, running and tramping.

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ALANA MARCH

BCS

HOD Languages

Alana is excited to be filling in for Andrea McLean this year while she is on

maternity leave. She is a French and ESOL teacher and has spent the last

ten years away from the secondary classroom, teaching French and ESOL

at the University of Waikato and ESOL at Wairarapa Moana Incorporated.

Since moving back to the BOP, Alana has done day to day relief teaching and taught online

French from home for VLN Primary. She is married to David and they have two children aged

six and five. They live in beautiful Whakamarama with their assorted animals. In her spare

time, Alana enjoys good friends and food, pottering at home or the beach and loitering with

intent in garden centres.

SHARON OVERALL

BCS

Y7 Teacher

Sharon is returning from a long season in Auckland of 10 years. Having

moved there to study, she has worked for five years at Epsom Primary

School, spending the last two years teaching Year 5. She is delighted to

once again be close to nature in The Bay and spending time on her family

farm. Sharon is looking forward to her first year teaching at Bethlehem College in Year 7 and

is grateful for the impact attending Year 9-13 at Bethlehem College had on her, and for the

friendships she’s maintained from school to this day.

KIM SEAWARD

BCS

Science/Chemistry Teacher

Kim is returning to BC as a Science and Chemistry teacher after one and

a half years in Nelson. She returns to Tauranga with her family - husband

Jason (who will be working as an architects draftsman in Athenree),

daughter Cassie (now at BC Primary) and son Ben (now at BC Kindy). Kim

loves coffee, beach walks, foreign language films, and a good book! Her family are looking

forward to rejoining C3 City Church.

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STACEY WALDEN

BCS

Science Teacher

Stacey Walden will be teaching Science at BC this year. She has taught

Maths, Science and Nature education over her career both in Canada and

in NZ. Stacey took a six year break from teaching to have and raise her

two children, now 8 and 6. Stacey has been married to Adam for 9 years,

he is a radiologist. Stacey loves being active outdoors, biking, hiking, or spending time at

the beach with family and friends.

LESTER WHENUAROA

BCS

PE, Outdoor Ed, Christian Studies Teacher

Lester is returning to BC after 11.5 years. During his time away he served

at an International Christian School in Hong Kong. He spent the first 6

years as the Sports Director and taught a few Physical education classes

from Grade 8-12. As a Sports Director he was able to be actively involved

in coaching and administering a wide variety of Sports locally & Internationally. Lester has

always been passionate about Physical Education and has enjoyed rekindling his passion for

teaching PE on a full time basis and learning what it means to be a Christian educator. Lester's

desire is for students to see God’s presence in all that they do, especially when involved in

physical activity. To see God’s purpose. He is excited to be reuniting with past colleagues

and the opportunity to develop new relationships and looking forward to a new chapter and

journey at Bethlehem College. Wife Karen is also returning to BC as the new Head of Primary,

and is looking forward to this new chapter. With their daughter Elyse and son Logan, and

their families in Tauranga they are thankful for the next season ahead. Lester & Karen are both

looking forward to enjoying living close to family & friends and enjoying the outdoors, cycling,

kayaking & walks. Plus watching the odd rugby game.

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PTA

WHAT IS A PTA? IT'S A GROUP OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS

WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE A COMMUNITY CULTURE WITHIN

OUR SCHOOL, WHERE OUR KIDS GET EXTRA OPPORTUNITIES TO

THRIVE AND GROW. AT BETHLEHEM COLLEGE WE ARE A LARGE

SCHOOL, SO THE PTA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER! WE

NEED TO MAKE CONNECTIONS ACROSS THE WHOLE SCHOOL NOT

JUST PARENTS IN ONE SMALL YEAR GROUP. WIDENING AND

ENRICHING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PARENTS, TEACHERS AND

STUDENTS ALIKE.

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The current PTA group is

made up by many who have

been committed for a long

time as well as a couple who

are newer to the scene. There

is room for more like-minded

volunteers who want to be

a part of something special

within our school environment.

Sometimes people think PTA

groups are just too much

work, or they take up too

much time. Our PTA has

such a wonderful approach

to this- you contribute what

you can and when you can!

If you can make only one

meeting a year, so be it! If you

volunteer to run the BBQ at

our picnics, so be it! If you

want to be fully involved with

everything, sign up now! It's

never going to be something

you look back on and say, “I

wish I hadn't helped out with

the PTA”. You'll get to see the

direct benefits of what you

do within your own school,

as well as make some great

friendships along the way.

The PTA have sponsored,

organised or supported

many activities, fundraisers

and events last year and

have already repeated some

now in 2020. They include;

Free coffee cart for parents,

community primary picnic,

William Pike visit, Collett

Smart speaking engagement,

Entertainment Books, more

Lego for the school Lego Club,

started funding Robotronics,

extra equipment for the rock

climbing wall in the Events

Centre, School violins, the

Noel Leeming promo (who

scored a great deal here?!)

and we finished up the year

with our popular Calendar

Art for primary families! This

year we want to try out some

new events and fundraising

ideas, as well as launch

our new Friends of the PTA

initiative. This is if you would

love to be involved but can’t

be a regular member, you sign

up your details and receive

emails whenever an event

is on. If you are free to help

you can respond to the email

and volunteer for that specific

event you choose! Although

some people may have other

things to offer, we have one

amazing parent who offers

graphic design work for us,

that is their talent and gifting.

Whatever you choose to

contribute as a Friend of the

PTA, will help us to grow and

thrive so that we can do more

and more within the school

environment.

We also welcome suggestions

and ideas for events,

resources and activities as

we love a fresh perspective,

especially when it fits within

Bethlehem Colleges’ special

character, which makes our

school unique.

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TERM DATES 2020

FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

TERM START TERM FINISH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY

NB: Y9 CLASSES

TERM 1

11WKS

ONLY, Y13 COURSE

CONFIRMATION AND

CAMP - SEE BELOW FOR

STAGGERED START FOR

OTHER YEAR GROUPS

THURSDAY 9 APRIL

(102 HALF-DAYS)

FRIDAY 10 APRIL TO

TUESDAY 28 APRIL

TERM 2 10 WKS

WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 28

APRIL STAFF ONLY DAY

FRIDAY 3 JULY

(94 HALF-DAYS)

MONDAY 6 JULY TO

MONDAY 20 JULY

TERM 3

10 WKS

TUESDAY 21 JULY

20 JULY STAFF ONLY DAY

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

(98 HALF-DAYS)

MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

TO

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER

TERM 4

9 WKS

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 12

OCTOBER STAFF ONLY

DAY

FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER

(86 HALF-DAYS)

MONDAY 14 DECEMBER

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

in 2020. 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.

2020 STATUTORY

HOLIDAYS

MONDAY 27 JANUARY

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY

FRIDAY 10 APRIL

MONDAY 13 APRIL

TUESDAY 14 APRIL

SATURDAY 25 APRIL MONDAYISED 27 APRIL

AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY

WAITANGI DAY

GOOD FRIDAY

(DURING HOLIDAYS)

EASTER MONDAY

(DURING HOLIDAYS)

EASTER TUESDAY

(DURING HOLIDAYS)

ANZAC DAY (DURING HOLIDAYS)

MONDAY 1 JUNE

MONDAY 26 OCTOBER

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

LABOUR DAY

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LIBRARY NEWS

At the end of last year, we ran

our very popular ‘Summer

Reading Club’ again. It was

the 7th year that we have

done this following a trial in

2013 when Year 5 students

were invited to join. It has

grown every year since! This

time it was open to all Year

3 to Year 12 students and

they could take out up to 25

books. They each received the

beautiful BC Summer Reading

Club bag to store their books

in and a printout of what they

had taken out to help them

to return all their books. We

also invited caregivers to

come and take out up to 5

books in their child’s name,

so that the family could all

read together. Teachers were

also very supportive

and created lots of

enthusiasm for this

initiative.

We had a lot of

positive feedback

from both adults

and students and

only one book

was not returned

at the start of this

term.

Thank you to all

you wonderful

readers and

keep the

reading going

this year.

Here are a few statistics:

121 students and 15 parents took

part.

Books issued to Year 1-3: (a few

Year 1 and 2 students wanted to

also take part): 289

Books issued to Year 4: 264

Books issued to Year 5: 436

Books issued to Year 6: 449

Books issued to Year 7: 316

Books issued to Year 8: 253

Books issued to Year 9-12: 133

Grand total: 2140

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INTERNATIONAL

International Summer

Camp for 2020 went really

well. There was a total of

51 students that attended

the camp this year, which

is the greatest number of

students we have ever had.

The Head Students James

Zingle, Emma Gregory and

Sarah Mileham were able to

join in on the first day and

participated in some of the

activities that were planned for

that day; Team building, etc.

for the duration of the camp,

the students split into six

groups with a leader in each

group. They mostly stayed

in these groups throughout

the annual camp except

for when they had free time

and during sleeping hours.

The international students

experienced activities indoors

and outdoors. The outdoor

activities included Archery,

Rock Climbing, Sailing,

Kayaking, Soft Archery, Team

Rescue, Burma Trail and Raft

building. Most of the students

really enjoyed when they went

swimming in the pool during

free time and on occasion

some woke up at 6:30 AM in

the morning to go for a quick

swim before breakfast. One

of our current International

Captains Minseo Gwak, said

that “The Summer Camp

was a great experience for

students who aren’t used to

our environments and natural

terrains, and is a good way

to develop connections with

different people, cultures and

backgrounds. Experiencing

New Zealand with like-minded

people and making long

lasting memories with a cool

bunch of peers”.

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THE UNIFORM SHOP

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat

MARCH 2019

Closed 3 4* Closed 6 Closed

Closed 10 11* Closed 13 Closed

Closed 17 18ˆ Closed 20 Closed

Closed 24 25* Closed 27 Closed

Closed 31

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat

APRIL 2020

1* 2 3 Closed

6 7 8* 9 Closed Closed

Closed Closed 15ˆ 16 17 Closed

20 21 22ˆ 23 24 25#

Closed 28 29* 30

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat

MAY 2020

1 Closed

Closed 5 6* Closed 8 Closed

Closed 12 13* Closed 15 Closed

Closed 19 20* Closed 22 Closed

Closed 26 27* Closed 29

TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS - 10.00 AM TO 4.00 PM. THURSDAYS – 10.00 AM TO 4.00 PM

*Wednesdays - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. # Saturday – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm

^ Wednesday in School Holidays – 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Last Day of Term 1 – Thursday 9 April 2020, First Day of Term 2 – Wednesday 29 April 2020

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

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

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CAREERS

NZ SAILING TRUST

A group of twenty-one BC students went on

a four night, five day sailing trip aboard Lion

NZ, the yacht that Sir Peter Blake raced in the

1985/86 Whitbread ‘Around the World’ race,

when it finished in 2nd place.

Alongside the NZ Sailing Trust crew, teacher

Mike Pierce and parent-help Amy Nicholls,

the students learnt to navigate, sail, cook and

live aboard while travelling around the wider

Auckland Harbour and Islands, including Great

Barrier Island and the Mokohinau Islands. It

was exhilarating for the students to operate the

vessel as a team. In addition to jumping off the

yacht for swims and exploring islands they also

saw a pod of dolphins, Bronze Whaler sharks

and a Bryde’s Whale.

During the trip students also completed the “In

Water Survival” course, thus gaining essential

knowledge of sea survival techniques and

equipment.

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POLICE PATHWAYS PROGRAMME: POWHIRI

The Police Pathway

Programme was developed

by the NZ Police to provide

students with a foundational

understanding of the

knowledge, skills, attributes

and attitudes associated

with Policing in Aotearoa

New Zealand. The course

also provides an opportunity

for students to explore the

physical and leadership

requirements required to

become a Police Officer.

2020 is the first year the

programme has been offered

in the Western Bay of Plenty.

CATE representatives from

eight schools: Otumoetai

College, Mount Maunganui

College, Aquinas College,

Tauranga Girls College,

Tauranga Boys College,

Papamoa College, Te Puke

High School and Bethlehem

College formed a consortium

to be able to offer this to Year

13 students.

Students were welcomed

onto the Bethlehem College

campus with a powhiri.

Proceedings started with

manuhiri being called onto

the rugby field in front of

the Pavilion which is where

the programme will be

held each week. Once

everyone was seated, Mr

Hamuera Tamihana, Mr

Larne Edmeades and BC

kaumatua, spoke on behalf

of tangata whenua. Speakers

representing the manuhiri

(other schools and the NZ

Police), including District

Commander Superintendent

Andy McGregor, made their

replies. The formal part of the

powhiri was concluded with

hongi. After the ceremony,

everyone had kai and

fellowship together.

Bethlehem College is

delighted to be able to bless

the other schools by hosting

their students while they

undertake the Police Pathways

Programme. Participating

students are very excited to

commence this new learning

adventure. We will keep you

posted on their progress!

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BC CHAPMAN COLLEGE

At BC Chapman, we have

entered 2020, focused on

a Teaching and Learning

Curriculum theme of ‘Tuari/

Service’ and of being called

to be ‘salt and light’. Service

is worship which comes out

of our genuine love for God.

Our God who is Love and

whose Son Jesus came to

serve and not to be served,

to give His life as a ransom

for many. Philippians 2 is

our current memory verse

passage. We are already

realising in our study that love

means sacrifice and service

and to look to others interests

ahead of our own is definitely

not always easy to do. We do

not have to travel to the other

side of the world to serve as

we have moment by moment

daily opportunities to serve

right here in our homes, at

school, in our Sports and

Cultural activities and in

our local community. The

service-learning opportunities

this Curriculum focus

affords, excites us as the BC

Chapman community. We

look forward to walking out

in practice being ‘salt and

light’, intentionally identifying

and embracing service as an

integral part of our discipleship

Vision.

We held a Powhiri to welcome

Larne, Rosemary, Jonathan

and their family into our BC

Chapman community. This

was a really precious time as

our community turned out to

acknowledge, embrace and

endorse Larne as our Godappointed

Tumuaki/Principal.

Our Te Arawa kaumatua,

Matua Dave, Matua Robbie,

Kuia Bessie and Whaea

Robyn led the Powhiri. Pastor

Jon Parker spoke on behalf

of Living Well Church and

for us as a kura. They were

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well supported by our BCC

kaimahi/staff and tamariki who

shadowed the karanga, gave

the initial korero, haka and

sang our waiata with passion.

At the close of the Powhiri,

we then moved to commit our

waka to our new Tumuaki.

As paddlers on board the BC

Chapman waka, we presented

Larne with a ‘paddle’ to hang

in his Office. Matua Robbie

Pitman represented our Te

Arawa iwi, kaumatua and our

parent body. Sarah Anderson,

our longest standing student

and Kingdym Pitman

represented our tamariki and

Mrs. Warnes represented our

kaimahi/staff. In the hand over,

we declared our allegiance

to Jesus Christ, His Word,

the transforming work of the

Holy Spirit in our midst and to

the discipleship Vision we are

called to. Our BC Chapman

Rotorua community, the home

of our tangata whenua Te

Arawa, stood to declare our

wholehearted commitment

to Larne in his leadership.

This was yet another defining

moment in our history and

heritage.

Continued

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Mrs. Astrid Read,

affectionately known as

‘Whaea Astrid’ has joined

our kaimahi/staff team.

Her vibrant smile, kindness

and love for others is a real

blessing for our BCC whanau.

We are incredibly grateful

for her presence, her heart

for Christian Education as

well as the expertise and

life experiences she brings.

Whaea Astrid is teaching

in a job share position with

Mr. Phillip Brown who has

moved to part-time while

he competes his Masters in

Theology.

These initial opening weeks

have also been a time of

welcoming 24 new tamariki

and their families into the

BC Chapman whanau. Our

annual ‘Meet the Teacher’

Potluck dinner was a

wonderful time of forming

brand new relationships with

those new families joining us

and of establishing a strong

partnership between home/

kainga and kura/school.

Food is an absolute must in

our celebrations, and we are

always excited to be able to

create such opportunities.

Our Year 7 and Year 8 Camp

held at Tui Ridge from 6th- 8th

February. Whaea Lisa did a

fantastic job of organizing

the Camp for our tamariki.

Our parental support was

outstanding. 27 young

people attended and had

a marvelous time, facing

challenges, developing greater

confidence, competence and

resilience, deepening relational

connections, strengthening

the sense of community/

whanau we relish. More

importantly learning more of

who God is, His Creation and

the Biblical Truth interwoven in

the activities undertaken. High

rope course, flying fox, BMX,

slingshot paintball, confidence

course, geocaching and the

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rest provided a fabulous range

of challenging experiences.

A major highlight for many of

our tamariki was the sheer

excitement and satisfaction

of seeing each other succeed

and of the blessing of

standing beside, encouraging

and completing activities

together. This is a picture of

Biblical community and of our

interdependence at its best.

The girl’s night was centred

on an ‘Escape Room’ theme

and when all the clues were

decoded this led to locating

the ‘Mystery Box’ in Whaea

Lisa’s car which when opened,

gave the final dessert creating

ingredients. The desserts

were a spectacle to behold

and devour. The guys, by

contrast, played a range of

games, cooked up and ate,

‘finger-licking good,’ spare ribs

before finalising their evening

with a game of spotlight in

the surrounding bush. Later

that evening, around 11pm,

rumour has it Whaea Lisa

went to investigate where

a great deal of noise and

pandemonium was coming

from. It turned out to be

in one of the girl’s cabins

when everyone else was

sound asleep. Upon opening

the door, Whaea Lisa was

shocked to discover the noisy

perpetrator was none other

than Whaea Sylvia who had

become so animated about

the game of ‘Charades’

they were playing, she had

forgotten the time and the

volume. Such memories

captured in frames of laughter

mean 2020 at Tui Ridge will go

down in BC Chapman history

as another time to treasure.

Me te aroha tonu

With love always

Hazel and the BC Chapman

whanau

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NEWS

Primary

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A WARM WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM COLLEGE PRIMARY FOR 2020.

Our hope and prayer is for

all new families to quickly

feel welcomed and part of

this very special community

where we strive to honour

God in all we do. As the

children are engaged with

the Biblical narrative through

the curriculum it is our desire

to see each child grow in

their knowledge, faith and

character.

The year began with our

annual community picnic

event early in February. The

opportunity for new and

old families to connect and

build relationships was great

to see. Big thanks needs

to go to our PTA who very

generously treated families to

a free sausage sizzle, bouncy

castles and fun drawing.

FRIENDSHIP CHAMPIONS

Friendship champions have

been the focus of our classes

as they build their learning

communities in classes and

across year levels. Combined

with our Biblical theme of

‘Where we fit into God’s

plan at Bethlehem College

Primary’, the children have

been encouraged to practise

the biblical command of loving

others and celebrating who

they have been created to be

in Christ.

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Our Biblical theme

over the course of the

year begins with ‘The

BC Story’ with the

emphasis on what it

looks like to be a BC

student, how each

person came to be part

of the BC family and

the understanding of

them being part of a

learning journey in this

community.

MONDAY WORSHIP

As part of honouring the

Lord in all we do, the Primary

begins each week with a

worship assembly on a

Monday morning in our

Primary Hall. What a beautiful

sound it is to have children

and teachers joining together

to sing praise songs, pray and

hear a testimony or message

about God.

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CULTURAL

UNDERSTANDING

Learning about our NZ culture

is important for our children in

Aotearoa. For Waitangi Day,

our Team Te Aka Year 2’s and

Te Maunga Year 5’s spent time

together learning about the

importance of knowing about

the treaty. Shared lessons

and singing waiata made for

positive learning.

Marae trips for our Year 2,

Year 4 and Year 6 children to

our local Wairoa marae have

also proven to be a good way

of cultivating an understanding

of our Maori culture with our

children.

As we seek to further grow

our relationship with local

iwi we look forward to more

opportunities to interact with

our Bethlehem friends.

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FOREST

DISCOVERY

Team Te Maunga had

trips to the McLarens

Falls Forest Discovery

where they were able to

learn about a variety of

natural science - they

became scientists for

the day, identifying

plants, monitoring

native birds, setting

traps for rats, collecting

data and listening to

different native birds

were just some of the

activities the children

undertook on their

bush trip.

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NEWS

Junior

Secondary

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Y7 CAMP

Abseiling

My shaking hands were

grasping the rungs of a rusty

ladder. “I can do this...” I

whispered to myself. But, of

course, my feet had other

plans. They were still planted

on the ground, not going

anywhere. I finally managed to

pull my weight off the ground.

I felt the knots in my stomach

tighten even more. Awkwardly,

I climbed up, one hand at a

time, getting closer to what

I thought was the moment I

would pass out. As I drew in

a deep breath, my foot finally

touched a flat surface. It was

not the ground, but it would

have to do for now.

By Caitlyn Turner (7TLS)

Flying Fox

As I put on my harness, my

body shivered like a rattle

snake. I went cold and my

joints tightened. My bones

froze and my jaw dropped.

The flying fox was huge.

Anxiously, we lined up. As the

line crept forward, a ball of

nerves went down my throat.

Now it was my turn! My friends

encouraged me on, as well

as the watching parents. All I

could think about was the long

way down. My hands started

to sweat and butterflies

fluttered in my stomach. I had

reached the top and it was

my time to jump. Without

any thought, I jumped! I went

soaring through the air, and

before I knew it, I was at the

end.

By Liam Clark (7TLS)

High Ropes

The thin fibres of the ropes

bend beneath me, as I creep

along the metal cable. I can

see my life flash before my

eyes, as I swing across the

huge chasm and land on a

platform on the other side.

People cheer as I leap across

the gaps between the flimsy

rope hoops. Fear claws at

me and I suddenly realise that

a harness is the only thing

between me and my doom.

As I zigzag across planks of

wood, I give a ‘hang loose’

sign to prove I’m feeling

confident.

By AJ Goodin (7TLS)

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Y7 CAMP POEMS

That Was Camp

Remember the cool feeling of

the water gobbling you up?

Remember the cut and

bruised bodies after getting

out of the river?

That was camp.

Remember the heart-stopping

feeling up high on the rock

wall?

Remember the selfsatisfaction

of beeping the

milo tune at the top?

That was camp.

Remember the evil wasp

stings?

Remember the treacherous

hike through the forest?

Remember crawling over and

under vines?

That was camp.

By Tyra Heng (7FLB)

That Was Camp

Remember the painfully long

hike and the croaking crickets

in the woods?

Remember watching the

cheese melt into a puddle

of yellow on the flat Italian

yummy-ness?

That was camp.

Remember how bad I was at

laser tag, thinking I had got

everyone, but my high score

was 1?

Remember my impatience

while waiting for Alice to come,

watching the hours go by?

That was camp.

Remember when I became

one with the ‘ghost’ on the

night of the Talent Quest?

Remember joyfully paddling

through the murky river and

diving off the rock?

Remember being nervous on

the high ropes and feeling like

crying because of my fear of

heights?

Do you remember our

adventurous week? Early

mornings and eventful days?

That was camp.

By Emily Gilmour (7FLB)

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Y8 CAMP

Trench Warfare

Sluggishly dragging my

carcass through the trenches

of war, I hear the screams of

the squeamish die out behind

me. The enemy is on higher

ground, firing deep into my

flesh. Inching forward I ask

myself, "Will this sick, twisted

hell ever end?" All around me

the carnage continues. Time

marches on..... Each and

every second we lose good

men and women just trying

to drag their mud-encrusted

bodies to the light at the end

of the tunnel.

As we dive into the cleansing

waters, at the wharf, we wash

the horrors of the battle called,

the ‘Matakana Mud Run’ from

our skin.

By Ethan Davie (8RSJ)

Camp Cuisine

Scrumptious smells waft

up my nostrils sending my

stomach into overdrive. Saliva

drizzles down my jaw as I

watch tender chicken flop

onto plates and juicy lamb

gather in mountains that erupt

luscious tastes.

Smokey smells clothe the

platters. No king could taste a

more delicious meal. A menu

of hunger-satisfying food spills

like gold out of a chest. A

waterfall of velvety gravy swirls

over hills of potato.

I am sure there has never been

a more lavish feast than the

one I am about to devour.

By Ana Phillips (8RSJ)

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Y8 CAMP POEMS

INTERMEDIATE CHOIR

This year our intermediate

choir has changed a little bit

from previous years. With

its new choir director Sally

Haywood, who is a current

member of the New Zealand

Youth Choir and also a

previous student of Bethlehem

College, the intermediate choir

is in very good hands. The

choir is split into boys and

girls having at least 60 in each

choir, meeting during period

5 on a Wednesday. Thanks

to all the Junior Secondary

staff within the intermediate

year groups encouraging and

supporting your students

in these musical endeavors

and helping them find their

potential in singing and

musical growth. The repertoire

for this choir, that

Mrs. Haywood has chosen,

is a great mix of genres and

introduces kids to different

types of music and songs and

also allows for soloists as well

as group singing.

If you are an intermediate

student who would like to

keep singing after intermediate

years, please feel free to

contact one of our music

teaches or our Cultural

Captains to ask about details

for joining a Senior Secondary

choir, whether that maybe BC

Sound Collective or Animoso.

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ELMS TRIP

It was a beautiful sunny

morning; The sun was shining,

and the birds tweeted away

like we had just won a rugby

game. We hopped on the bus

and had a short bus ride to

the Elms. Luscious, thriving,

green and massive trees grew

everywhere. The bright white

shell paths glimmered and

shone as the perfectly round

ball of gas sent rays of light to

our faces. We met our guides.

Our three groups moved off

to different exhibits. My group

moved off to a Māori structure

with an amazing garden of

kumara, other flowers and

plants surrounding it. A small

carving of a lizard lay beside

the path. We were led to

a small church with cosy

walls and seats. We sat and

listened. Next was a view

over Tauranga and we tried to

imagine what it used to look

like. Just sand grass and trees.

After that, we walked with a

hop, skip and a jump over

to the first ever permanent

structure in Tauranga, the

library. Mr. Brown treasured

his books and they were his

only source of information.

Lastly, we visited Mr. Brown’s

house. It was packed with

stories and cool objects. The

walk to the cemetery was

not long but enjoyable. We

hunted for answers for our

treasure hunt. My friend and

I counted all the James’ and

we found 7! Finally, we walked

at a leisurely pace to the

Monmouth Redoubt. The tree

in the middle was swarmed by

teenagers as we clambered

up it. I ate my lunch up there.

Finally, we hopped on the bus

to the Saint George Church

at Gate Pā. The story of the

Battle at Gate Pā was told and

we watched a re-enactment

of the battle. After that, we

returned to school after an

enriching day.

By Matheson Keys 9GOM

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Sport

MAGIC NETBALL

PLAYER VISIT

Recently, four prestigious

netball players from the

Western Bay of Plenty (WBOP)

Magic team came to school

for a training session with our

school junior netball teams.

The year sevens and eights

went over some drills and

skills in preparation for the

netball trials coming up. Near

the end of the session the

junior teams asked some

questions to Monica Falkner,

Holly Fowler, Ariana Campbell-

Dixon and Georgia Marshall,

which they answered, giving

the knowledge that they had

to our younger generation of

athletes to pursue their goals

in netball and sports. At the

end of the session the netball

players took big group photos

and individual photos with

our young athletes as well.

Mischa Gorinski, a current

member of the Student

Council who loves getting

involved with everything, said,

“That overall the experience

was fantastic, and everyone

loved it”. We are lucky to get

the opportunities that we

do at this school and being

mentored by great role models

who set great examples for

us and for those who come

after us.

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Cultural

YR 9 NOHO MARAE TRIP

LAST WEEK THE YEAR 9’S ATTENDED THEIR ANNUAL NOHO MARAE

TRIP TO WAIROA MARAE. ON MONDAY, IN THE MORNING, THE

WHOLE YEAR 9 YEAR GROUP, TEACHERS AND SENIOR KAPA HAKA

STUDENTS WENT TO A POWHIRI, WITH THE TANGATA WHENUA

AND KAUMATUA WELCOMING THEM ONTO WAIROA MARAE AND THEIR

WHENUA.

The purpose of this trip was

for students to experience

Māori culture and different

aspects of everything Māori.

Some Senior Māori students

attended this trip also, every

afternoon, teaching the

year 9’s our school Haka,

Maurakau, Harakeke weaving

and different Māori games

with guidance from Hamuera

Tamihana. Each year 9 class

rotated in twos, staying

once a night at the Marae,

learning about the Pou in the

Wharenui, walking up the local

Maunga and helping to set

up and clear up dishes and

tables in the Wharekai. The

year 9 Noho Marae trip is a

great cultural experience that

helps teach our students the

native culture of Aotearoa,

New Zealand.

Our current Pouwhakarae

(Māori) Captains, Isaac Larsen

and Lauryn Maxwell, were

also in attendance helping

out wherever and passing on

their knowledge and teachings

to the younger generations,

as was the Tangata Whenua

(People of the land). We are

very fortunate as a school to

have such a luxury in learning

about our local history and

grateful to have such a great

relationship to the Marae and

its people as well as strong

connections with them and

with God.

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NEWS

Senior

Secondary

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Academic

DEBATES

AS WE ARE APPROACHING HALFWAY INTO TERM ONE, HOUSE

EVENTS ARE ALREADY UNDER WAY INCLUDING THE INTERHOUSE

COMPETITION: DEBATES. OUR ACADEMIC CAPTAINS, JAHNAVI

CHETTY AND ADAM WEARNE HAVE ORGANIZED THIS EVENT

IMPECCABLY AND HAVE DONE AN ASTOUNDING JOB IN LEADING

THIS EVENT.

The final debates were

between Hudson-Taylor and

Tarore. The mute was ‘Social

media should be protected by

Freedom of Speech laws’ with

Hudson-Taylor affirming and

Tarore negating. It was a very

tough competition between

these formidable houses

and the debate was very

entertaining and informative

with each team having great

points, arguments and

rebuttals. The audience that

came to watch this debate

was very enthusiastic and

excited for each team and

cheered each side on loudly

an expressively. The panel

was made up of Sarah Phillips,

Natalia Grobler and Haley

George and I assume that

judging this debate was very

difficult for them as it would be

for anybody else who judged.

These houses worked very

hard giving up lunchtimes

and intervals to acquire the

information needed for this

debate, and as such they both

were vying for first place.

As the debate came to a

close the panel of judges

announced that Hudson-

Taylor were the victors with a

unanimous vote, and the top

speakers for the day were

Alex Ewen from Hudson-Taylor

and Cristina McCormick from

Tarore.

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Cultural

BAND CAMP

THIS TERM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN VERY BUSY WITH

ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND ESPECIALLY CAMPS. OUR HIGHLY

ESTEEMED CULTURAL GROUPS; ORCHESTRA, JAZZ BAND AND

CONCERT BAND HAD 3 DAYS OF HARD WORK AND TIRELESS

PRACTICE AT BAND CAMP WHICH IS AN ANNUAL EVENT TO

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND TO FOCUS ON NEW REPERTOIRE.

Currently all our instrumental

groups are working towards

competitions and festivals

that are planned to happen

further into the year. With

Nathan Horner leading

Orchestra, Debbie Prince

leading Concert Band and

Mr. Thomas, with the help of

James Williams, leading Jazz

Band our groups are set to

grow and develop extremely,

not only as a musical group

but as a family and to grow

each individual student into

impeccable and talented

musicians.

Caley McCulloch and

Cael Graham, our Cultural

Captains this year, did a

pretty good job in leading the

much-liked Talent Quest at

Band Camp, having acts from

different groups, solo acts

and the traditional Year 13

Item which was a huge hit, as

well as the staff item with their

harmonious tunes.

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING

TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

THE MUSIC AND DRAMA DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY

WORKING TO PRODUCE A GREAT PRODUCTION WITH HIGHLY

TALENTED AND SKILLED STUDENTS. WITH PRACTICES EVERY

LUNCHTIME AND AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICES, IT IS SAFE TO

SAY THAT THIS PRODUCTION IS A HUGE COMMITMENT AND

UNDERTAKING FOR ANY AND EVERYONE INVOLVED, AND THE

DEDICATION SHOWN THROUGH CAST, ENSEMBLE AND DANCERS

TOWARDS THIS MUSICAL WILL DEFINITELY SHOW THROUGH THE

CONCERT'S PLANNED IN MAY. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE AMAZING

LEADERSHIP AND EXPERIENCE FROM JAMES WILLIAMS, LINDA

ANDERSON, SUE JANSEN AND VICKY LANG THIS PRODUCTION

WOULDN'T COME TO FRUITION, SO THEY'RE VERY LUCKY TO

HAVE THEM AND THEIR GUIDANCE.

The story is based on the

‘coat of many colours’ story of

Joseph from the Bible's book

of Genesis. It is set in a frame

in which a narrator is telling a

story of Josephs life and how

his brothers despised him

because of how much their

father favoured Joseph. He

has many dreams of success,

set in the future and raves

about it to his brothers which

makes them very jealous

resulting in Joseph becoming

a slave in Egypt. However,

with the talent that God has

bestowed on Joseph, he

manages to become second

in command of Egypt. The

main message behind this

amazing story is the example

of forgiveness, how Joseph

forgave his brothers of

kidnapping, enslavement and

attempted murder on him

and how he overcame the

many obstacles in his life and

pursued greatness in God's

glory.

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Sport

ATHLETICS DAY

This year's Athletics was

another great day in the Bay

with an amazing turn out

from all houses and students

despite the challenges with

all the traffic. The atmosphere

was outstanding with

everyone bringing their best

to all the events that they

had participated in. This year

the houses really gave it their

all, trying to come out on

top, and with only a couple

of points separating the top

houses, Brown house ended

up coming out with the win.

This event had other victors as

well with a few of our athletes

breaking school records.

Myles Barker breaking the

record for high jump, as well

as Molly Allen breaking her

own record for shot put and

Margo Johansson breaking

the triple jump record. From

the students who had a

competitive mindset to the

students who only came to

participate and to support

their friends in their events, it

would be safe to assume that

everyone was in high spirits

and had a fun time being

together. This day was full of

fun memories and laughter

for everyone who attended.

Our amazing and active

Sports Captains; Millie Jones

and Ezra Boom have done a

great job this year in leading

sports activities and events

and will continue to encourage

everyone to get stuck in and

participate in all sporting

events that are coming up

throughout the year.

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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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