Our Anglican Identity
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia The Five Marks of Mission The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ 1. To proclaim the good news of the kingdom 2. To teach, baptise and nurture the new believers 3. To respond to human needs by loving service 4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation 5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Vision – Matawha¯ nui Christ’s College will be a vibrant school community that educates boys to be men of virtuous character who make a positive contribution to society.
Each boy at his best. Tama tuˉ tama ora ki tuˉ i te tuˉ taioreore Mission – Whakatakanga
Bene tradita, bene servanda “Good traditions, well maintained.” Motto – Whakapepeha
As a community of parents, staff and students, we are committed to fostering the development of character through nurturing seven core virtues. These virtues underpin our approach to all aspects of College life, including pastoral care and discipline. Virtues Nga ¯ kau Matatika
HONESTY PONO Being truthful and sincere in words and actions.
COMPASSION NGA¯ KAU AROHA
Appreciating that in seeking a fullness of life we need to look beyond our material needs and wants.
Being generous towards those less fortunate than ourselves.
LEARNING NGA AKORANGA Striving to become independent, lifelong
RESPECT NGA¯ KAU WHAKAMIHA Cultivating an attitude of respect, for ourselves, for others, and for our school and community.
STEWARDSHIP KAITIAKITANGA Recognising the good we have received from the past so that it may be preserved or enhanced.
JUSTICE MANATIKA Accepting people’s
differences and being fair in all our dealings with others.
learners, and recognising the right of others to learn.
Welcome to this Anglican Community of faith Nau mai haere mai ki te¯nei hapori Mihinare o te whakapono
Jesus said, I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10). Christ’s College is an Anglican School for all, founded in 1850. By the Deed of Foundation, the Bishop of Christchurch licences the Executive Principal under the statutes and canons of The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia to exercise a ministry in accordance with those statutes. In term time, students attend Chapel regularly during the week and on Sundays. Students at Christ’s College have come from many religious faiths, and none. As a community of learning we value diversity, are inclusive of difference, and champion thinking beyond strict denominational lines. In aspiring to achieve our mission of Each boy at his best we are aided and strengthened by our Anglican identity. Anglican identity is foremostly relational. Ultimately, it is found in our relationship to God through Christ for whom this College is named, in the power of the Spirit. St John tells us those who do not love their brothers and sisters whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. Together we build relationships, striving to create a sense of belonging for people, inclusive of diversity and grounded in love. We love one another because God first loved us . This relational aspect of Anglicanism is realised in our worship. Our worship is grounded in commonality – Common Worship, undergirded by
scripture, the tradition of the Apostolic Church, and our God given intellect. Stirred by the Mission of the Church to express the breadth and length, height and depth of God’s love, our relationship to one another finds expression in our liturgy (singing, praying, listening, asking) and connection with God. The conciliatory nature of Anglican identity is radical. In society, locally and internationally, artificial fences are constructed, tribal boundaries are reinforced by ‘us and them’ mentalities. As pilgrim people, Anglicans seek to restore the unity of humankind in the image and likeness of God by working together for reconciliation, listening, and striving to appreciate the variety of human experience in relationship with each other, and to God. The Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia is committed to the principles of Biculturalism, and Partnership, enshrined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840). We strive for ways to live out our faith, worship, and community – considering and celebrating our unique context as covenantal people in the South Pacific. Anglicans therefore value education as a bridge across differences. Together with churches and social outreach facilities, universities, and schools such as ours have been founded in the faith that our relationships under God will shape a fuller and more abundant tomorrow.
The Rev. Cameron Pickering – College Chaplain
At Christ’s College, we draw on our College Crest as a symbol for our Anglican identity
The XP (Greek Chi Rho ) on an open book symbolizes Christ as the living Word, on whom we centre our Anglican identity. The heraldic symbols – Tudor Rose (Christ Church Oxford), lion rampant (Christ’s College Cambridge), and hung fleece (Province of Canterbury New Zealand) represent our heritage. We value our links to the church, founded in Christ at the Resurrection by The Apostles, and the expression of this over many centuries, as witnessed in Anglican centres of learning through common worship and authorised liturgy. The scallop shells (four – representing the European settlers of Canterbury, New Zealand) are an ancient symbol of pilgrimage. Our Anglican identity is one of journeying together toward the future in Faith, Hope and Love. The Tui (indigenous bird to Aotearoa New Zealand) grounds us in the context of Ōtautahi Christchurch,
Aotearoa New Zealand. It affirms our commitment to Biculturalism in all we do. These symbols illustrate our Anglican identity as Christ-centred, journey-focused, worshipfully-expressed, and biculturally-committed.
What does it mean to be Anglican at Christ’s College Canterbury New Zealand – Te Kura o Te Karaiti O¯ tautahi Aotearoa?
Worshipfully-expressed The symbols of Oxbridge Colleges link us to our Anglican whakapapa (past and future). As we gather to worship, a consciousness of belonging to the school community and a long Anglican tradition, is fostered and enhanced. Participation often precedes understanding; experiencing worship paves the way to deeper meaning. For students, we see chapel and worship as the spiritual fulcrum of our community. We participate – praying, singing, hearing stories from scripture, offering our gifts and talents – to enhance the experience for all and to the glory of God. Journey-focused As the scallop shells acknowledge the pilgrims who founded our school in faith, we too share the journey of life together. We live and learn as a pilgrim community, asking questions about our world, ourselves, other people and God. As an inclusive community journeying together, we listen to and ensure the stories of others are heard and explored. For students, this means we travel together, asking questions, listening to others, striving to create a sense of belonging for all humankind as fellow travelers on the way. Biculturally-committed As the Tui (indigenous to New Zealand) adorns the top of our crest, so our identity as Anglicans affirms the principles of Te Tiriti o te Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi). We strive to promote Biculturalism and Partnership expressing our Anglican identity in the unique context of Aotearoa as Te Hāhi Mihinare (The Missionary Church). For students, this means we acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a founding covenant of these islands. We practise, use, and honour Te Reo Māori in our worship. We commit to celebrating all cultures and people in their God-given uniqueness and beauty. Christ-centred The centre of our school crest is the centre of our Anglican identity, Christ. The example, teachings and life of Jesus Christ ground our identity as loved by God and commanded by Christ to love and serve others. For students, this means we learn from, and lean on, Christ. We live our life in a way which honours him by serving and helping others.
Citing: Enhancing our Anglican Identity by The Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman (2019)
The Christ’s College Lesson
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) A reading from the Gospel according to Saint Luke, chapter 10 beginning at verse 25. Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’ But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thanks be to God. The Christ’s College Prayer Gracious God, fountain of wisdom and goodness; bless all who are part of this College, may we model ourselves on Christ whose name we bear, grant us a passion for truth, justice, and understanding, that we may worship you with heart and mind, and seve your world from generation to generation; through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Te pānui kei te Ruka, te 10 o ngā ūpoko, ka tīmata 25. Nā ka whakatika tētahi kaiwhakaako o te ture, ka whakamātautau i a ia, ka mea, E te kaiwhakaako, me aha ahau ka whiwhi ai ki te ora tonu? Ka mea ia ki a ia, he aha te mea i tuhituhia ki te ture? ka pēhea tau kōrero ? Nā ka whakahoki ia, ka mea, Kia whakapaua tōu ngākau , tōu wairua, tōu kaha, tōu hinengaro, ki te aroha ki te Ariki, ki tōu Atua; me aroha hoki ki tōu hoa tata anō ko koe. Ka mea ia ki a ia, Ka tika tāu kōrero : meinga tēnei , ā ka ora koe. Otirā ka mea ia ki te whakatika i a ia, ka kī atu ki a Ihu, Ko wai rā tōku hoa tata? Nā ka whakahoki a Ihu, ka mea, E haere iho ana tētahi tangata i Hiruharama ki heriko, ā ka tūtaki ki ngā kaipahua, nā ka huia ōna e rātou , ka tukitukia ia, ā haere ana, whakarerea iho ia, me te mea kua mate. Nā , ko tētahi tohunga e haere noa ana i taua ara: ā , i tōna kitenga i a ia, ninihi kē ana nā tahaki. I pēnā hoki tētahi Riwaiti, tae kau ki taua wāhi , ka haere, ka titiro, ninihi kē ana nā tahaki. Otirā ko tētahi hamari e haere ana ki ngā whenua, i te taenga ki a ia, ka kite i a ia, ka aroha, nā ka haere, ka takai i ōna patunga, ringihia iho ki te hinu, ki te wāina , ka whakanoho i a ia ki tōna ake kararehe, ā kawea ana ia ki te whare tira, atawhaitia ana ia. I te aonga ake, i tōna haerenga, ka tangohia e ia e rua ngā pene, hoatu ana ki te tangata i te whare, ka mea ki a ia, Mau ia e tiaki; ā ki te maha atu au mea e pau, māku koe e utu inā hoki mai ahau. Nā , ki tōu whakaaro, ko wai o tēnei tokotoru te hoa ōna i tūtaki nei ki ngā kaipahua? Ka mea ia, Ko tērā i atawhaitia ai ia. Nā ka mea a Ihu ki a ia, Haere, kia pērā anō tāu mahi. Whakarongo ki te kupu a te Wairua ki te Hāhi. Whakapaingia te Atua. E te Atua, te puna wai o te whakaaronui me ngā mea pai; Whakapaingia te whānau katoa o tēnei Kāreti, mā mātou te hunga e kawe nei i te ingoa o Karaiti tōna āhua e whakatauira, tukua mai ki a mātou te manawawera mō te pono, mō te tika me te māramatanga, ā, mā mātou koe e whakamoemiti me te katoa o ō mātou ngākau me ō mātou hinengaro hoki, ā, mā mātou ia whakatupuranga o tōu ao e whakarato mā tō mātou Kaiwhakaora, mā Ihu Karaiti. Āmene.
The Christ’s College Waiata Te Whakapono ki te Atua Ko te whakapono ki te atua, te kaupapa arataki e Paoho ana tona kupu e, ki te ao, whakamoemiti aue Koropiko nei te māhunga ki te Ariki te potokomanawa Te Kaihono o te rongomau ki te ao, whakamoemiti aue KORIHI
The guiding principle of this school is belief in God almighty. Let his words resound, let us worship Him. Let us continue to bow our heads to the Lord the guiding light, the source of stability. He who unites the world in peace, let us worship Him. CHORUS Christ’s College – the platform from which hundreds have emerged. No matter who, no matter what race, no matter what creed, the famous, the humble, Māori & non-Māori, all are and have been welcomed. Welcome to all. Let us acknowledge the seeds and dreams that were sown in the past. The peaks of education that have been achieved. And let us continue to glorify Him.
Ko te Kura o te Karaiti e tu nei e, te tuapapa o te tini me te mano Ko te Kura o te Karaiti e tu nei e, ko te iti, te rahi, ahakoa ko wai Piki mai kake mai ra, piki mai kake mai ra Ngā kakano I ruia mai mai ano Ngā wawata I whakatōkia mai Ekea ai nga taumata matauranga Kōrōria ki te atua, ki te atua, ki te Atua KORIHI
Ko te Kura o te Karaiti e tu nei e, te tuapapa o te tini me te mano Ko te Kura o te Karaiti e tu nei e, ko te iti, te rahi, ahakoa ko wai
Christ’s College Hymn Give Christ the praise and glory!
Formed by our school’s tradition, we carry Jesus’ mission, standing up for truth and right, showing aroha. Peacemakers, justice-lovers, serving the needs of others, singing Korōria ki te Atua. Praise God that we inherit strength from our College spirit, living “Bene tradita, bene servanda”:
Honour our College story: here we form our character, kind, respectful, fair; knowledge and skills receiving, high goals and dreams achieving, singing Korōria ki te Atua. Here we find deeper learning, to Christian virtues turning, nourishing our hearts and minds with the Gospels’ word: love life in all its fullness, treasure Creation’s goodness, singing Korōria ki te Atua.
by ancient wisdom guided, with future hope provided, singing Korōria ki te Atua.
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