Wednesday, sitting in the Aotea Events Centre, was a proud moment for me as Deputy Principal of Hebron and as a father. Three ex-Hebron students who finished their secondary schooling in 2013, were capped on Wednesday having completed the Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Auckland. One of the three being my son Jordan Breetvelt and the other two Cara Allen and Sophie Simpson. The success of these students can be attributed to the support from home and family, Staff at Hebron and Mrs Ha who groomed these three students for entry into Architecture with amazing portfolios and Excellence grades in NCEA Art. Out of an intake of 100 Architecture students that year three percent were from Hebron Christian College.
From the fourteen students that made up the original class at Hebron, seven have finished a Bachelor’s degree, five are completing their conjoint degrees, one is a Youth Pastor and part way through a Bachelor of Theology degree and one is working as a chief. Ten out of the fourteen have been studying at the University of Auckland, two at Auckland University of Technology and one at Carey Baptist College. Eight of the students, this year, are finishing their conjoint degrees or continuing with post-graduate studies. This is an amazing achievement and one we can all be very proud of.
Bruce Breetvelt,Deputy Principal
The Junior School
enjoyed their lunch
on the beach.
Hebron entered an Intermediate team into the Central West competition held at Unitech.
|Our Year 2s took the two top placing for our bi-annual Scripture Scholar event. Arianna Toan from Room 7 came in first and Amritha Kumaravel from Room 6 came in second. Erich Retzaff our Year 3 from Room 6 came in a close third. All our contestants did well with their learning and a most enjoyable experience was had by all.|
The Junior School learns about having
An update about the earthquake in Nepal
Hebron Christian College students ran their own ANZAC service on Friday morning, 24th April, in front of the whole school including teachers and parents. The purpose of the service was to honour all the New Zealand soldiers who died in wars to secure and protect our freedom.
Earlier in the week the students had assembled white wooden crosses on the school field labelled with the names of actual fallen New Zealand ANZAC soldiers.
Students read out prayers and ANZAC poems, lit candles, the school flag was raised to half mast, ANZAC symbols (haversack, medals, etc), were placed in front of the crosses and the New Zealand national anthem was sung. The service finished with a bugle sounding “The Last Post”.
Parents were invited to celebrate Holy Week with the Junior School.
Our four junior classes presented the celebration with drama and songs.
|The Junior School had a great day at their Swim Day in the Hebron pool. Click here to view|
In term 3 we held a 5+aDay promotion, with special emphasis on vegetables for the Year 7 & 8 students. During their Food Technology classes they learnt about the variety of vegetables we have available to us in New Zealand and some of the ways of preparing and cooking them. The Food Technology programme, and the way the room is set up, focuses on the 5+aDay message. See more information and photos here.
Recently the Hebron chess team enjoyed a successful tournament at the West Auckland Zone Championship. Although there were only seven teams competing, the competition was still good with the top team being from a school that came second in the Senior Division of the NZ National Finals Chess Championships last year! Of course that team won 33 out of their 35 individual games at the West Auckland tournament, but here’s where Tim Nori distinguished himself, by winning one of only two individual games lost by one of that team’s players. It was a stunning checkmate achieved by Tim and was the surprise of the tournament!
Tim also took out the individual best overall score of the Hebron team; and in the intermediate division, Hebron came second. Congratulations.
The Hebron chess team has now earned the right to enter the Chess Power National Finals Chess Championship to be played on the 11th September. There should be a quite a large number of teams entered from the various zone top three winners across the country, and the competition should be fierce. Good luck team.
The photograph of the Hebron team shows the boys wearing their silver medals for second place in the Intermediate Division. From left: Justin Zhao, Logan Griffiths, Marco Scott, Tim Nori (holding Certificate of Merit for best overall score in the Hebron Team). Coach Patrick Dye (Mrs Dye's husband) at the rear.
Each year in February the Middle School from Year 5-8, goes to an amazing camp. This year we went to Chosen Valley Christian Camp in Ramarama, South Auckland. With a team of 4 dedicated teachers, and a wonderful support group of parents and relatives, we had a fabulous 4 days of fun-filled activities. Our 'Power Up' times were opportunities to engage with God and these times radically transformed the lives of many students. Stephanie Sewell was our speaker and she captivated the students with her challenging stories and led them to reflect meaningfully on their walk with God. Activity highlights of camp would have been: water slide, confidence course over water, trolleys down a steep hill, archery, raft building and mud wars, balance island, canoeing and catapults. The overnight sleepover in bush huts was a lot of fun and something quite different for many students.Comments from Camp:
The 22 students from Hannan University High School have spent 11 days in our school. It was a real joy to have them in our school and homes. All the Hebron homestay families I talked to thoroughly enjoyed their stay in their homes and all said they were polite, respectful and well-behaved young people. Their accompanying teachers Mr Sakajo and Mr Tatsuya, spoke highly of our school and greatly appreciated the welcome their group received and the lovely hospitality display to them. I also thanked all the Hebron families and teachers who homestayed a Hannan student – you were wonderful parents to this overseas visitors and you made a huge impact on them.
|Saki Tanaka talks to Matire Allen at Nga kakano School||Luke Primrose shows Takamasa his work|
Our Prime Minister, the Rt Hon John Key met Mrs Margaret Sellar and three Hebron children last night at the Starship Hospital to celebrate the milestone of $2 million raised for the hospital through the Starship Mobile Phone Appeal. Last year, Hebron Christian College was one of the top earning schools by handing over 1,000 dis-used mobile phones. Mrs Sellar's class was the top performing class in our school and Hebron was one of the top performing schools in New Zealand.
|Jaime Sisarich, Daniel Meruga and Rei Fung with Mr Key and Mrs Sellar||
Mr Key asked the children, "What school do you go to?" he told them he would visit our school
The organiser emailed me today to say: Thank you so very much, Margaret, Brett (Mr Sellar), Rei, Daniel and Jamie for taking the time to attend Starship’s mobile phones $2 million announcement. It was really nice to meet and talk with you all. I’d like to mention Hebron Christian College can be proud of Rei, Daniel and Jamie as representatives for their school on this occasion. They did an outstanding job in the presence of the Prime Minister and talking to him asbout their school.
In 2012 Hebron Christian College performed the musical “Star of Persia”.
“Star of Persia” is the story of Esther, as found in the Bible. Esther was a young Jewish girl living in Persia during the reign of Xerxes. She has lost her parents and has been brought up by her cousin Mordecai. When the king in anger dismisses his current queen, Vashti, Esther is chosen from a host of beautiful maidens to be his new queen. Trouble looms when Haman, the king’s advisor, proposes a law to kill all the Jews. He is unaware of Queen Esther’s nationality. Esther must gather up her courage to plead her cause, because to approach the king without invitation is death. Only her faith in God carries her through.
The musical wasperformed on the 31st August and 1st September 2012, at Liberty Christian Church, 96 Lansford Cres, Avondale 7pm. The original production was written by Room 7 teacher, Mrs Margaret Sellar, several years ago. With Mrs Sellar’s permission, it was lengthened to suit Hebron requirements by our librarian, Mrs Lois Huston. There are four major characters: Esther, Mordecai, Xerxes and Haman, 19 secondary characters, and 39 minor parts with one or two lines to say.
The play was being directed by Mrs Huston, the musical director was Mrs Sarah Rauch, and the production manager was Mrs Ruth Scott.