Nau mai, Talofa lava, Bula, Malo e lelei, welcome...
...to 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 marks out an Anglican School in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia?
Here are some documents to help you think about that question. The first suggests some key markers of any Anglican School. We are indebted to the ABESA (South Africa) for letting us adapt this document. The second, designed for new parents or teachers, looks at the unique gifts an Anglican school can offer. The third aims to help people understand what it means for a school to be part of a Three Tikanga church.
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.
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.
As Anglican Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, we belong to a Three Tikanga church. Understanding something of what this means can help us recognise the unusual gifts and opportunities this offers us.
Sharing ideas for what has worked and what might work in our chapel services.