Motto, Crest, Verse, Hymn, Prayer, Haka

Our Motto

Character, Excellence, Service for the glory of God.

Our Crest

The Middleton Grange crest symbolises the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith. It is surmounted by a sun in splendour representing the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the ‘Son of Righteousness’ (Malachi 4:2). The ribbon under the crest highlights our school verse.

Our Verse

‘In Thy light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:9

Our Hymn

In 1964 Don Laugesen sent a special call to prayer to all members of the Board and Trust regarding the development of Middleton Grange into Secondary education. The Scripture quoted in his letter included these words from 2 Chronicles 14:11, “Help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on you, and in thy name we go.” King Asa knew God as his shield and defender and much of 2 Chronicles 14 can be found in this hymn.

This hymn was also sung by Jim Elliot and his fellow missionaries the morning of the departure to the Auca Indians that preceded their massacre. Their commitment to serve the Lord, no matter the cost, leaves us an inspirational legacy.

We Rest on Thee

sung to the Sibelius ‘Finlandia’ tune

We rest on Thee – our shield and our defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go

Yes, in Thy dear name, O captain of salvation!
In Thy dear name, all other names above:
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
Our prince of glory and our king of love.
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
Our prince of glory and our king of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling
And needing more each day Thy grace to know.
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go

We rest on Thee – our shield and our defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors – we rest with Thee through endless days.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors – we rest with Thee through endless days.

Our Prayer

Almighty God
We praise You for You alone are great.
We thank You for your goodness and faithfulness to our school.
May your Holy Spirit lead us to love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
Give us the courage to follow Jesus and serve our neighbour.
Help us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You.
Let your Word be a lamp for our feet, and a light to our path.
Grant us your wisdom and joy in our learning.
To You alone be the glory
In Jesus’ name
Amen.

Te Karakia o te Kura

Te Atua Kaha Rawa
E whakamoemiti ana ki a koe, ko koe anake te Atua.
E Whakawhetai ana ki a koe mō tō painga, me tō pono ki tō mātou kura.
Arahina mātou ki tō Wairua Tapu ki te aroha, ki te rongo i a Ihu Karaiti.
Akiaki mai ki te whai te huarahi o Ihu ki te manaaki i ō mātou hoa.
Awhinatia kia mahi tika, kia arohaina, kia tau ki tō mātou Atua
He rama tāu kupu ki ō mātou waewae, he marama ki tō mātou ara.
Homai tō mātauranga me te hari ki te ako.
I te ingoa o Ihu Karaiti
Amine

Miritana (=Middleton) School Haka

L-Kia rite, kia mau (all) – Hi Get ready, Be alert – Hi
L-Torona Titaha (all) Titaha Stretch forth and out
L-Tena whakahuatia ake ko wai te Kura nei Proclaim who is this school
A-Aue Ko te kura Miritana, It is Middleton School
Kura o te Atua, whaia te huarahi The school of God, Following the pathway
o matou tipuna e of our forefathers
L-Tenei te kaupapa o matou kura This is what our school is about
A-Kauhau Te Rongopai Preaching the gospel
Aroha mo nga tangata Loving people
Kia wehi Ihowa Fearing God
Ako matauranga hi ha Learning knowledge (hi ha = its hard work)
L-Haere mai, whakarongo, e koutou katoa Come close all you people listen up
A-Ihu Karaiti kaiwhakaora o te ao Jesus Christ Saviour of the world
He toa kaha rawa The strongest warrior
He toa mahaki A humble warrior
He toa me te Kingi A warrior and King
L-Whirinaki whirinaki Trust and rely in Him
A-Ko te amorangi ki mua, God’s worship first,
ko te hapai o ki muri deal with other matters later
Whawhai mo te tika Fight for the truth
me te pono Hi! Haa And the faith Hi!

 

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