to the Anglican Schools Office
The Anglican Schools Office exists to support, resource, provide training opportunities and build fellowship between the Chaplains and Religious Education teachers working in its associated schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and encourage interaction between the schools and the church.
Term 2 2015
This second term could not perhaps begin in a more dramatic way. There is the prospect, for some of us, of officiating at an ANZAC Service in our schools in the latter part of the first week.
It is often poignant to view memorial boards in Chapels around New Zealand which we visit at the time of the annual Chaplains & R.E. Teacher Association Conferences. Some of these boards are very ornate or carved beautifully in local wood, thereby reflecting the desire to forever keep a link to “our glorious dead” – past students who played on our fields, learned in our classrooms and worshipped in our Chapels.
What is very moving is that nearly everyone has a tale somewhere in their family history of their “war hero”. For my family it may be my father, who served in Egypt and was wounded in action. Or perhaps young Edward, killed in France in WW1 and his mother, Margaret, collapsing from a stroke as she was handed the dreaded telegram edged in black, never to speak or walk again.
Whatever the story, wherever it is still told and will forever be told, may our schools keep alive the sacrificial reality that belongs to these former students way beyond the confines of the memorials gracing our Chapel walls.
Ad perpetuam rei memoriam
Rev’d Neale Troon Southwell School