A Year in Summary
At Jireh we enjoy a strong community committed to a common goal; to see students nurtured, grow and develop their talents and abilities to become all they can be to the glory of God and for his service. The curriculum at Jireh School affords a wide range of learning experiences where students can explore, discover, invent and create and where learning is a journey of fascination, wonder and wow moments. Our roll continues to grow steadily. Once again, we can say with gratitude and expectation, “Great is thy faithfulness, all we have needed Thy hand has provided.”
As we have come to the end of our second year as Jireh Christian School, it is apt that we reflect on all that has happened. 2019 has been a year of consolidation and growth with most of the systems we use in place and running smoothly and the introduction of some new initiatives. One of the highlights in Term 1 must surely be the Cultural week which, I think, reflects much of what we are about, a diverse, yet unified community, who nurtures learners to glorify God. The Cornwell Park Picnic did not disappoint with our colourful students, family and friends having fun in the sun and serf dressed in House colours.
The Parents Association have been hard at work to raise money and build community by selling Calendar Art, reusable bags, running a walkathon, Movie Night and ending the year off with a fabulous, fun, family BBQ Boogie Bash. Lunches have got more exciting with Pita Pit being added to the menu, joining Chicken Madness, offering variety to our food choices. The day our Grandparents visit is always special. This year we had an added bit of fun by dressing up in our favourite story book character.
Trips have taken our students to the Arataki Visitor’s Centre in the Waitakere where we learnt about the native bush. The younger students all brought home a harakeke plant they had planted. Ika took to the streets of Avondale to learn about their local community. Tiwai experienced a Future Leaders Day, paddle boarding on the shores of Mission Bay. A talented sports’ team went off to Matamata to compete in Sports Camp. Corban’s Art estate gave unique art experiences for all our students where they did ceramics and made tote bags. The Manu and Ika teams visited the zoo as part of their learning of the living world. The highlight for Tiwai was a trip to Wellington where they explored the capital city and visited Te Papa and had an all-encompassing Parliament experience, seeing where and how decisions are made and witnessing politicians in session debating.
Through service-learning Mufti Days were held each term with a gold coin donation in support of Benimana our TEAR Fund sponsor child. The industrious and committed Jireh community was once again in action in full force at the Market Days, raising money to help rebuild and stock a Viloa School in Samoa which burned down. Blankets, food, clothes and Christmas presents were given to Feed the Streets Avondale for which the organisation was tremendously grateful. JCS was mentioned on the, I Love Avondale Face Book page, thanking us for all the donations mentioned above. Over 300 people were given presents and a Christmas meal in the Avondale community at the biggest party they have had to date. The Manu team one again blessed the residents at Selwyn Village with songs, cards, hugs and chats. The students were equally blessed as they chatted to delighted older people.
On the sporting front our students have had the opportunity to play soccer, netball, touch rugby, swimming, cricket, gymnastics, dance sport for the older students. Manu enjoyed a combined fun athletics morning with our neighbours, St. Marys school. A team from Ika participated in the local Ki o Rahi sports day and learnt some new Maori games which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Learning inquiries have taken students from immigration, to mining, our cultures, learning about the government and how laws are made, economics, the different industries in society and the living world. For technology the students made bag tags, using 3-D printing, cooked delicious dishes, made electronic game, sewed trendy tote bags and learnt about gears. Bunnings came to help Manu students plant vegetables, flowers and strawberries in their planter boxes making the decks outside Piwakawaka and Kereru an industrious learning area. Ruru won the potato growing competition and enjoyed eating their crop. More chicks were hatched in Piwakawaka and are laying happily in the chicken coop.
Prime Maths is in full swing, giving students a solid, structured, logical pathway in the learning of mathematical concepts to solve problems. The Arts was celebrated by holding a Day of Delight with poetry and music recitals and creative artwork on display, including creative photography and ceramics. Our kapa haka group performed at various events including at St. Marys School as part of Te Wiki O te Reo Maori and at Church Unlimited as part of their Maori Outreach evening. Wow Week saw talented students create Picasso art pieces, learn how to do harakeke weaving and other creative activities. Various programmes have been running to help students’ wellbeing; Seasons for Growth, Express Yourself which involved hip hop dancing and Mana… Extra-curricular opportunities on offer have been: Chess, itinerant music, (violin, piano, drums and guitar) Young Engineers, art and Mandarin classes.
House leaders from Tiwai did an inspiring job of shepherding and supporting the younger students. A new layer of leadership was added this year with two servant leaders being chosen fortnightly to support and pray for the school community. Graduation Dinner was a winner with a celebration of what has been and an expectation for what is to come. Our year 8 students were transformed into young ladies and gentlemen as they arrived in formal dress.
The Kahui Ako, (Community of Learning) to which we belong, Ki Atua hei te Kororia, has helped support our ESOL students, through professional development, which has equipped the teachers with effective strategies to help ESOL students learn English.
Much has been done to improve our campus; the old playground was resurrected, the field drained, lots of planting of trees, new blinds put up, four heat pumps installed in the relocatables, heaters in the administration block and more painting of the buildings inside and out will happen over the summer break. Our lovely maintenance team have worked tirelessly to keep our campus clean, tidy and in good working order.
We will end the year on Friday with Two awards ceremonies to celebrate all the good learning that has happened this year. The Day of Delight artwork will be up in the hall for you to view.
We give all the glory to our faithful God who has been, our solid foundation, our inspiration and our Corner Stone.
Principal in partnership