Annual General Meeting
Year Ending December 2018
The network of schools for which NZCPT holds the Deed of Integration as Proprietor continues to grow. A Change of Class application to the Ministry of Education for Horizon School in Snells Beach was approved during the year, and KingsGate School application (in Pukekohe) remains under consideration. Hamilton Christian School’s application to enter negotiations to become a State Integrated School from 2019 was declined as the change of Government took effect. Tūmanako Christian College in Wellington remain only to complete their property arrangements before they too begin their operation, but little has progressed in this area during the period. Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga returned to their turangawaewae in 2018, successfully co-locating with Woodhill School as these two small communities look to develop synergies for their mutual benefit.
The most visible and valuable behind-the-scenes person in our organisation is our Administrator Lynn Hewitt. She continues to be the oil that allows the financial machinery of our relationships with all families in all of our schools to function so smoothly. Lynn continues to give herself tirelessly, caringly and accurately to her work, ensuring that deadlines are met, transfers are timely and all manner of personal circumstances considered in arranging receipt of necessary Attendance Dues from our families. Without her knowledge and continued service, we would be lost. As our collective enrolment numbers grow, we have supported Lynn’s increasing workload with additional support staff at busy times of the year. Our thanks extend also to Jason Vink, who has adroitly stepped into the role of NZCPT Accountant and provides reliable, on-time, financial data with a view to delivering further accounting efficiencies for us in the future.
The Establishment Board of Trustees for Jireh Christian School continued to provide effective governance as the school completed its inaugural year on the Avondale campus. Transition arrangements have gone particularly well and earned positive praise from the Education Review Office in all areas, with added support from Governance Facilitator Ray Webb. We thank Ray for his contribution and while he and Board Chair Richard Thornton have stepped back, the Board has decided to continue with some co-opted members until triennial elections occur in May 2019.
Work continues on the development of the new campus in Pukekohe for KingsGate School. Despite delays in obtaining necessary compliance approvals, confidence and hope remain high for a transition to the new site from some time in 2020. New Principal Jared Stein has led a mostly new staffing team with distinction and is relishing the challenges of a growing roll and investigating modern pedagogy within a Christian Education paradigm in his new role.
With the Change of Class approval for Horizon School in Snells Beach, a surge of new enrolment applications has seen the roll effectively double for the beginning of 2019. Notwithstanding the blessing that this clearly is, the associated demands of providing high quality special character staffing and additional property facilities for this influx has meant a challenging year for the Principal and Board of Trustees. We recognise and appreciate the excellent leadership of Helen Pearson in this regard, in addition to her valuable work as the leader of the Kahui Ako over the past 12 months in the Rodney area.
KingsWay School continues to be the ‘engine’ that powers the wider work of the NZCPT. Roll growth has begun to match the surrounding urban development of the Silverdale basin and strategic, operational and maintenance plans have all been developed during the period to provide a better working platform from which the Board and Proprietor can more effectively plan. After a lengthy consultative period, work is underway to modify the Junior Campus pavilions to enable more effective curriculum delivery in these innovative learning environments. We record our appreciation to Kaya Lombaard for her leadership in this endeavour.
The Special Character Review for KingsView School was deferred until 2019 due to the changes in leadership and governance that occurred during the year, including a school-wide review conducted by the ERO.
We recognize and thank Doniella Tweddell for her contribution in the role of Acting Principal at KingsView School in Queenstown as the process continued to find a new leader for the school. We welcome Mike Stanley to the role as a first-time Principal and look forward to working with him as he handles the multiple demands of leading a small Christian School in the Wakatipu, working closely alongside the CSAQ as they fulfil their responsibilities to secure the present and future property requirements for the on-going viability of the school.
We are pleased to welcome new Trustees Eoin Crosbie and Wes Braddock to the NZCPT Board and acknowledge with gratitude the willingness of Mark Larson to once again serve as our Chairman. We record our thanks to outgoing Chairman Shaun Brooker who retired by rotation at our AGM. Shaun’s leadership in Christian Education across NZ is well recognized and we are grateful for his contribution to our organization across an extended period. We extend our best wishes to him for his continued leadership roles as Principal of Hamilton Christian School and Chairman of the Association of Christian Schools in NZ.
Our schools continue to look to us for guidance on the development of Special Character education, with relevant, meaningful ways of communicating a ‘faith and life’ context that honours our biblical traditions, at the same time building a resilience to live a strong Christian life and example in a 21st century world. We have engaged in a series of Annual Special Character reviews in each of our schools in 2018, designed to bring these conversations to life in a less formal, but intentional manner to good effect. We look forward to continuing this engagement with school leaders in this way in 2019.
Our financial position is sound, confirmed by an unqualified Audit Report once again. Careful stewardship of member school contributions has meant that there is no pressure to increase levies for 2018.
NZCPT Trustees and the wider family of schools and their communities look back on 2018 with gratitude to our great God for His goodness and provision always. The network is flourishing at many levels and serving communities with distinction. This is in no small part due to the outstanding work of a CEO Warren Peat. Warren is tireless, diligent, servant hearted and highly skilled in the work he does. Thank you Warren! Thank you also to Warren‘s family for generously sharing your gifts and time with us.