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‘Social’ issues of our time

Staying Ahead in the Technology Battle

Thanks to your Special Character donations we are able to bring David and Katie Kobler in to run separate girls’/boys’ seminars for our Senior pupils and a well-attended evening seminar to equip parents in dealing with the increasing pressures their teenagers are faced with. Read the Parent Seminar Summary (pdf) and more about the 2017 Kobler Seminars.

What every parent needs to know about the updated Instagram.

The 13 Reasons Why” Netflix series, released in 2017 and viewed by thousands of young people, generated considerable controversy. Statistics remind us that teen suicide is a reality in NZ society and as a Christian community we cannot be bystanders on these important issues. 

  • Focus on the Family have a booklet to guide parents through conversations that would be beneficial to have with their sons and daughters, including useful tips for addressing this sensitive issue and working through the disturbing nature of the movie’s content.
  • Nurture is an Australian magazine for ‘parents, teachers and kids’ from a Christian perspective. The June 2017 edition had an opinion article regarding the Netflix series. 

iBook ‘Keeping Your Child Safe in the Online Jungle”
by Shaun Brooker, Principal of Hamilton Christian School.can be downloaded free from iTunes.   

Avoid predators – help your kids stay safe online

Some things you can do to help your children stay safe online include:

  • install software on your computer that either blocks restricted content so your children cannot access certain sites, or monitors activity so you can review online behaviour
  • know who your children are contacting online. If they are not your children’s actual friends then question their cyber friendship
  • know which social networking sites your child is on and what they are posting
  • check that your children understand the dangers of posting personal information on social networking sites
  • do not allow your children to use the computer in private areas of your home
  • if you or your child becomes suspicious about a person online, stop contact immediately.
  • If you are concerned about a young person or someone’s online behaviour – contact your local police station to speak to an officer.
  • If you or someone you know is in danger – call 111 immediately.

For more information and safety tips visit:

Police: email and internet safety online

Netsafe: online safety for parents

Loads of information to help stay safe online.






Parenting Skills & Practices

Articles for all ages & stages

Seminars held August each year.


Encouraging Learning at Home

Findings from a study by Professor Iram Siraj published in the New Zealand Education Gazette 10 July 2017.

One particular finding in her longitudinal studies was that children were largely set on an achievement trajectory by the age of seven.

“In one large study, we started with a group of three year olds who all had different abilities and stages of development, but by the age of seven, we found they were largely set on a a particular trajectory – there were children achieving at the top, the middle and the bottom of the curve.  Any improvement between the trajectories happened before the children turned seven.

Iram believes good-quality ECE is not dictated by the type of provider, but rather whether it strives to provide for both the social an emotional development, and the cognitive development of a child.

“But the important thing for the child is the process quality.  This relates to things such as relationships and adult responsiveness.  Most important of all is the ability to communicate with the child, because high-quality interactions that engage a child will extend their language and thinking.


  • WITH GOD: Rev Joshua Taylor writes of the struggles and triumphs to maintain a strong connection amidst the busyness of family life. Read here.Used with permission

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