Anglican Schools of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia

Nau mai, Talofa lava, Bula, Malo e lelei, welcome... the website of the 46 schools which make up the Anglican Schools Network of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

This is a place where schools (and others if they wish) can access resources to help them in the challenging, puzzling, stimulating and rewarding task of being an Anglican School in their context. How can the Gospel at the heart of our church and faith be communicated to children and young people in a way which is truly good news? How do we offer open-hearted manaakitanga to all who come to us, a deep love and understanding of those who are different to ourselves, without compromising our belief in the truth of Christ? How, amid the competing demands of schools' days crammed with activities, do we “work the yeast into the dough” of our schools until it spreads and gives life to all?

We try in any way we can! So here you will find a whole range of resources for a whole range of ways we are working the “yeast” of the Good News in every part of school life. Enjoy!

Anglicans have always believed that education matters!

Our experience down through the centuries teaches us that education can transform individuals and whole communities. Education is always about so much more than the acquisition of knowledge; it is about nurturing the foundations for a developing wisdom in every individual. Our hope is that young people in our Anglican Schools will develop a deep awareness that they are profoundly loved by God and that they each have unique and distinctive gifts which they can use for the good of all. We also hope that they discover in our schools an excitement for learning and an expanding sense of wonder for the world around them.

"The Archbishops of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia. 'Understanding the Special Character of an Anglican School'."

What makes an Anglican School?

Here are two documents which approach that question from different angles.

A Whole Community

Our school life is underpinned by the belief that the world is not accidental; it has meaning, purpose and direction. Life is a gift from God and should therefore be lived with generosity and gratitude. Every child is beloved, belongs and is a child of God, so we welcome and are sensitive to the diversity of students’ faiths and backgrounds. Our distinctively Anglican heritage gives weight to faith, reason and tradition as we explore the mystery, wonder and power of the created world. We are part of a national communion of Maori, Pakeha and Pasifika Tikanga, weaving unity in diversity.

Understanding the Special Character of an Anglican School.

Our school accepts people of every denomination, as well as those who follow a different religion. Anglicanism is particularly well positioned to offer this welcome, since it has, for centuries, bridged the divide between Catholics and Protestants. Many denominations find they can feel “at home” within Anglicanism’s foundations in scripture, reason and tradition.

Upcoming Events

Flax Basket Stories

February 1

Flax Basket Stories is New Zealand storytelling for children to discover and explore their spirituality, based on Godly Play and Montessori pedagogy.

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The Courage Way: How to create trustworthy space

February 15

Mutual trust is the key to the success of everything we try to do together. – Parker J. Palmer – Courage requires trust – in ourselves and in each other. …

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Messy Church NZ

February 21 - February 22

Many of the ideas used in Messy Church can inspire our primary classrooms and services.

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Chapel Resources

Sharing ideas for what has worked and what might work in our chapel services.

Stations of the Cross

Because Stations of the Cross traditionally involve moving around, it may not be the first thing we think of for a chapel service. But Teresa (Cathedral Grammar) enjoyed doing it…

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Signs and Symbols

In our document, “A Whole Community”, which attempts to give some guidelines as to what makes an Anglican school “Anglican”, the 7th mark is “Signs and Symbols”. Expanding on that,…

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Ash Wednesday

One of the strengths of the Anglican Church is that it has never lost its awareness of the power of using ritual and the full range of our senses in…

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Tiny Advent Poems

These are 24 “tiny poems” of 3-5 lines each, set on a photo or illustration and perfect for putting up on a powerpoint. Each poem suggests a way of understanding…

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Te Rangimarie

With the proliferation of commercial Christmas jingles in our shops, it’s good to have some home-grown and thoughtful Christmas songs to use in chapel. Here’s one written by Josh Jones…

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What are we waiting for?

We all know that even something as straightforward as Christmas can be hard to explain to our students in Christian terms. Since Advent is much less familiar for them, that…

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