Each year the school adopts a school wide theme. The purpose of the theme is to generate a unity between the four schools and to promote an important aspect of the Middleton Grange School culture.
The school theme for 2019 is Turāngawaewae – Belonging. A place to Stand.
The school theme for 2018 is Held in Hope/Puprui Te Tūmanako.
This is a reminder that no matter what our circumstances are or how they change or what hurdles we face,the Gospel of Jesus Christ assures us there is hope.
This hope is not simply a wish or a desire for something, as in: “I hope I can have a new cell phone for Christmas”, or “I hope we get some snow days this year”. These are things we would like to happen but that we can’t know for sure will happen.
The hope that God offers is an absolute certainty and is based on the fact that He keeps His promises. On account of this, we have confidence that He WILL look after us in every situation; He will NEVER leave us to struggle on our own; He WILL bring good things out of bad things; He WILL give us strength to cope with whatever we face. So it is a hope that is based on truth.
Some Scriptures that assure us of this are:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Our 2017 theme, “Called to Courage – Karangahia te Aumangea” interweaves much symbolic meaning:
Ka: to light, part a fire, burn
Ranga: to weave
Karanga – to call
Karangahia – is the passive form of the verb where the calling is done to the person it is said to.
The ka-ranga is what starts the powhiri (welcome) process where the manuhiri
(visitors / new people) are made a part of the gathering/place/school.
So the karanga is the spark/beginning of the weaving of people into a place/group of people.
Aumangea can be expressed both as being brave as a person, and the call to action placed on us to be brave.
In summary, Karangahia te Aumangea Is the spark of weaving courage into the called.
This theme has many ties with our school motto Character, Excellence, Service for the glory of God. For example,
- in character – the courage to do the right thing – speak the truth even if it ‘hurts’.
- in Excellence – the courage to be a tall poppy (with humility) by faithfully using their gifts.
- and in Service – the courage to talk with, sit with the new pupil, the lonely pupil etc.
2015 & 2016
Our School Motto ‘Character, Excellence, Service for the Glory of God’ was the theme for Middle School and Senior College.
The Primary School theme in 2016 was a summary statement, ‘Walk the Talk’.
The 2014 theme ‘Service Above Self’ was founded on the context of the Jubilee and life today, 50 years later, at Middleton Grange School. This theme has a focus on thankfulness for God’s provision throughout the years and celebration of the service of many people who have served the school above self interest. This includes, for example, the sacrifice
of the Founding Fathers, the financial sacrifice for families, particularly when the school was private, and many stories of people who have generously given of their time.
Service Above Self promotes the challenge for each of us in the Middleton Grange community to continue this tradition of service, which is strongly emphasised in our school motto, the theme of 2015.
Other recent themes have been:
- 2013 – ‘Connected in Community’
- 2012 – ‘Created for Community’ – continued from 2011, building on the unity that came out of the earthquakes
- 2011 – ‘Created for Community’