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Presbyterian Church Schools' Resource Office Newsletter

January 2016

Kia ora tatou
Warm greetings to you all at the beginning of the school year.
A particular welcome to those who are new to the Presbyterian schools' network: Juliet Small, Principal at Saint Kentigern Girls' School; Rev Roxy Gahegan, Chaplain at St Cuthbert's College; Hugh Kemp, Christian Education teacher at Saint Kentigern College and  Kate Jones, Religious Education teacher at Scots College.
Rev Dr Steve Taylor began in the role of Principal at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in Dunedin at the end of last year. KCML has oversight of the Resource Office and Steve is my Manager. It's great to have him on board and I'm sure he is looking forward to meeting many of you over the next year.
Congratulations to those who have moved to new roles within the network: Dr Sandra Hastie, previously Principal at Saint Kentigern Girls' School, is now Principal at Rangi Ruru Girls' School and Ashleigh Milmine-Twist, previously Religious Education teacher at Scots College, is now Christian Education teacher at St Oran's College.
Scots and Solway Colleges are both celebrating their centenaries this year. I'm looking forward to joining in celebrations for the two colleges over the next couple of weeks.
A reminder that the Presbyterian Church Schools' conference will be held in Hawkes Bay on Thursday August 4 finishing at lunchtime on Friday August 5.
All the best for the beginning of what I'm sure will be a busy but, I hope, an enriching term.

Ka kite ano
Sharon Ross Ensor

New on the Resource Office web-site

Employment opportunities: The Resource Office web-site now offers a space on its home page to advertise job vacancies in relation to our Presbyterian schools' Special Character eg Chaplains, RE/CS teachers, Boarding hostel managers etc. Send your advertisement to the Resource Office .
A brand new senior Religious Studies curriculum resource is now available. It is written as a Level 2 NCEA Religious Studies Achievement Standard 2.2 'Explain the changes in an expression(s) of a religion's tradition'. It explores the changes in the expression of Christianity in response to Modernity.
This completes the planned series of Level 2 Religious Studies Achievement Standards which have been written by Dr Jennifer Macleod of John McGlashan College for the Resource Office.While your school may not offer NCEA Religious Studies, this curriculum still offers excellent resource material and lesson outlines for you to adapt to your own context.
Many thanks to Jennifer for her wonderful work!

The Te Reo worship resource has been updated with some additional blessings from the Anglican prayer book added to the existing Calls to Worship, songs, benedictions and general greetings. Please send any Te Reo resources you use in your chapel services to the Resource Office so that this resource can continue to be expanded.

News from schools

St Andrew's College Prep School Chaplain, Jillian Fenton led a very interesting Religious Education class with her year 6 students towards the end of last year. Her students Skyped Dr Jennifer Macleod, Physics, Science and Christian Education teacher at John McGlashan College in Dunedin and discussed with her some of their big questions about God. Both Jennifer and Jillian desribed the ensuing conversation as lively and a lot of fun. You can read more about it here 

Lent and Easter resources

The Kids Friendly web-site is a wonderful place for worship and teaching resources for children at all times of the year and with specific resources for the Lent and Easter season 

Rev Clare Lind, Minister at Tawa Union Church enjoys exploring Christian faith through poetry, art and other creative practices.
With her youth group last year she created Easter Stations in Collage, a series of readings, brief prayers and collages which told the story of Jesus' journey to the cross. The original collages were A2 size.
A PDF file which has photos of the collages along with the readings and prayers can be accessed here. Individual photo files of the collages along with Word files which you could use as the basis for your own version of Easter Collage Stations are here. Feel free to contact Clare if you would like to discuss the project further. With many thanks to Clare for her generous sharing of her work.

Other resources for the classroom

RE:quest is a resource for schools produced by British Youth for Christ. It provides a large bank of source material to help children and young people learn about Christian faith as part of the British schools RE programme. This could be useful web-site for students to use to research a topic about Christian faith or practice, including Lent and Easter. 

Christian Education Publications (CEP) of Australia have sent me a comprehensive selection of their Biblical Studies lessons written specifically for schools. The Connect resource is written for primary schools and there are also around 25 secondary school titles available, all in hard copy with many also available digitally.
You can have a look at what is on offer on their web-site or contact me at the Resource Office if you would like to have a look at their catalogue or any of their resources. 

Wider Presbyterian Church news:

Kids Friendly resources

The latest Kids Friendly newsletter contains wonderful resources and ideas for your work with children in your schools including training events around NZ and resources for Lent and Easter.


Gordon Fitch, our National Youth Manager and Matt Chamberlin our National Youth Director are always available to help with resources and advice around youth issues. You can also visit the Presbyterian Youth Ministry web-site for access to resources and reviews. 

Rev Malcolm Gordon, the Presbyterian Worship, Music and Arts enabler whom many of you enjoyed hearing from at last year's conference, has co-ordinated the production of a worship resource called the Illustrated Gospel Project
It focuses on twelve stories from the Gospel of Luke and provides a new telling of the story, poetry, artwork and music.
This is a wonderful resource for teaching and worship.
Malcolm writes: 'Here in Aotearoa we often end up importing our worship songs and ideas about the Bible from bigger places as if we have swallowed the assumption that bigger is always better. But isn't God here? Isn't God with us too?! Over the last two years a scattered community of wordsmiths, artists and musicians has formed as we began this work based on the simple conviction that these ancient stories are playing out on our streets as the Risen Christ walks and works in our midst.'
You can access this resource via the One Voice web-site or you can purchase a copy in booklet form. 

Christian World Service - Operation Refugee

Operation Refugee is a project of Christian World Service, the official aid and development agency for a number of denominations in NZ including the Presbyterian church.
Operation Refugee gives us a chance to support refugees by living on the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (June 16-20) and raising as much money as possible in the process.
CWS supplies the rations and participants sign up family and friends as sponsors. 
The challenge is open to 100 participants who must be at least 16 years old to take part.
You can pre-register at Registration and a 'toolkit' will be available after 1 April 
For more information you can contact David Lawson 021 671 430 

Professional Development opportunities

A reminder of the REthinking Approaches to Teaching Christianity day with well-known UK Religious Educator Robert Kirkwood. This is being held at King's College, Otahuhu, Auckland on March 31st from 9am-3pm at a cost of $A170 per person.

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