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.
Welcome to the final term for 2015. The Conference in August is something we can look back on with thanks for everyone who came and the amazing feeling of mutual support and enthusiasm that was generated. It was particularly good to have so many people come from the Islands to join us. In a recent visit to Fiji I talked with chaplains and principals there about other ways of building connections between our three Tikanga schools. Some of those ideas have trickled into our most recent newsletter and more will do with the ones to come!
Probably the highlight of the Conference for most people was the involvement of the Year 12 students and their wonderful presentation on our last morning. They had spent the Thursday of the conference workshopping ideas for promoting the Five Marks of Mission in their schools, and on Friday morning they selected one idea from each Mark and presented it to the rest of us—creatively and engagingly! I’ll be including all the other ideas they came up with over the next few newsletters, tackling one Mark at a time, so that their enthusiasm can continue to inspire us.
Another thing we will all remember for a long time was the Conference Dinner in the Transitional Cathedral. The venue was stunning, the food delicious, and Sam Johnson was an inspiring speaker for all generations. It was also there that we welcomed and congratulated our Logo Winner— jack Lawson from Hereworth School in Havelock North.
The vital thing leading from any conference such as this one is what we do with it. Schools have pledged at least one new action for the coming year in response to the challenges the students gave us, and the ASO Board and I are plotting new ways of supporting each of you in your vital and life-giving roles.
At the heart of all our efforts and dreams is prayer. So may God bless you all, and be close to you in the stresses and joys of exams, farewells and new beginnings.
Some images from the Radical Peacemakers conference