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Hebron Takes Two Top Prizes

The NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair, which is an annual event, celebrates the excellence in scientific and technological investigation carried out by Auckland City Year 7 to Year 13 students. Science is the gathering and processing of data using scientific methods in response to an observation and/or hypothesis. Technology is the process of development of a useful, high quality device, or environment in response to an identified need or opportunity.
The exhibits are judged against criteria, which enables the winning exhibits to proceed to Realise the Dream and International Science and Technology Fairs. The judging panel comprised experienced scientists and technologists and used national science and technology-fair criteria so that the highest possible standards are maintained.

We are thrilled to announce that two Hebron boys, Rei Fung and Ethan Chester won top prizes in this years recently judged NIWA competition. Congratulations Rei and Ethan!
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ReiRei Fung won the 2nd Prize by devising a computer game for blind players.  EthanEthan Chester gained 3rd place by making an electronic timer that controls the amount of time one could watch You Tube on a computer.


Junior School had their We Love You Dads celebration with great success.

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Junior School awards winners of the New South Wales University testing.


Winners of the 2017 Junior School Bible Scholar 

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Junior School celebrated Mother's Day.

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Capping for past Hebron students

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

Junior School celebrates Holy Week.

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Junior School celebrates Athletics Day

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Junior School celebrates Noho Marae.

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Junior School celebrates Water Sports Day.

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Enrolments are now being taken for the upcoming September/October school holiday programme. You can download an enrolment form here

The Junior School celebrates the 2016 Olympics.
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Author Brian Falkner shares his wisdom with the Junior School.

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The Revolution Tour visits the Junior School. 

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The Junior School had yet another successful and fun-filled Athletics Day! 


The Junior School enjoyed a perfect day and great parent support

at our annual Swimming Sports Day.

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The Junior School shared the Easter story at assembly.
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The 2016 Hebron Junior School first ever Noho Marae was an outstanding success.

Excellent community support and perfect weather were blessings enjoyed by all. 

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The Junior School did the Bush Walk.

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The Junior School

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Futsal Team wins the Finals

Hebron entered an Intermediate team into the Central West competition held at Unitech.
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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.

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An update about the earthquake in Nepal
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ANZAC Service

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.

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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”.

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Parents were invited to celebrate Holy Week with the Junior School.
Our four junior classes presented the celebration  with drama and songs. 

Junior Swimming Day

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The Junior School had a great day at their  Swim Day in the Hebron pool. Click here to view
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5+ aDay

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.

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Chess Competition

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!Chess Team(copy)
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. 

Middle School Camp

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:  
"I thought this was the best camp ever”  
“Brilliant facilities, great food and friendly staff”

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Visit by Hannan University High School
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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.




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Prime Minister Meets Hebron Teacher & Students

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.

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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.


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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.

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The “Weekend of Service” on 24-25 March was a great success and the objectives were achieved, namely pulling the school community and neighbourhood together as part of the Neighbours Day Aotearoa and completing some much-needed work around the school. Tasks completed were:
  • South walls of Room 14 and the school house painted
  • Replanted garden in front of the Rahiri mansion
  • A new sandpit for the junior children constructed
  • The school swimming pool emptied and prepared for painting
  • Concrete path laid by astro turf court
  • New outdoor secondary seating constructed and BBQ tables painted
  • Re-shelving of all the Middle School resources into the newly remodelled storerooms
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  • Feeding of the 5,000…morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas and BBQ dinners
  • Trees cut down by Room 13
  • “Hebron History” mural painted and attached to wall by sandpit showing the site was first a paddock for rearing Clydesdale horses, then became an orchard, the Caughey mansion built in the late 1800s and then donated to the Plunket Society in 1923 to become the first Karitane baby hospital in NZ and finally becoming the home of Hebron Christian College
On behalf of the school Board, the staff and the students, I say “Thank you” to all of you who came along on Saturday and/or Sunday. Your commitment to the school was greatly appreciated. And we all say “Well done and Thank You” to Mrs Carolyn Welch who organised the Weekend of Service and did such an amazing job.


Lava Cave Re-discovered on the Hebron site

cave150Auckland Speleology Group members, Peter Crossley and Pete Smith, visited the school site to photograph the inside of the tomo (lava cave) under our lower field which had been previously mapped 50 years ago. They have been collating information about Auckland lava caves so that Auckland's cave caveinside370heritage is not lost. So far almost 200 caves have been documented, but less than a quarter can still be entered. It is important that these ones are preserved. Peter states Aucklanders have not treated their caves well. Many have been used as rubbish holes or some have been blocked off to prevent entry, or, worse, people have collapsed them with bulldozers. Auckland is the only place in New Zealand where lava caves have been found. This is because lava tubes are formed by the surface of a lava flow crusting over and then the middle draining away when the source of supply dries up. This requires that the lava is fairly fluid, and to be found, the caves are not too old. In New Zealand that means less than 60,000 years old. Volcanoes like Ruapehu in the Central North Island have lava flows that are too sticky to form caves.

Senior Hebron Ball

At a time when many Schools are wondering whether to continue offering Balls because of student behaviour and bad press, Hebron sees it as an opportunity to show that Balls can be a fun and an exciting time that is still God-honouring. The Senior Student leadership team have the responsibility for the organisation of the Senior School Ball. This year the Year 13 students have decided to hold the ball using the Laidlaw College function facilities. the team has been working hard to organize this event and are hoping to keep the cost down at a time when many of our students are also going to Africa with the mission team.

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