The Integration Deed of Agreement with the Ministry of Education says that the school must always be run so as to maintain the Special Character according to the Special Character Statement below.
Special character statement
Hastings Christian School is a Year 1-13 composite area school established by the Hawke’s Bay Christian School Association (The Proprietor) to provide a Christian education in keeping with the Constitution of the Proprietor for parents who desire such an education as an extension of that given in their own homes.
The Special Character of the school is determined by the Christian beliefs and values held by the Proprietor as stated in the following historic Reformed Confessions – the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort; or the Westminster Confession of Faith; or the Thirty-nine Articles of Faith of the Church of England – and summarised in the Statement of Beliefs appended as the Fourth Schedule. The Proprietor reserves the right to interpret the Special Character and to determine from time to time what is necessary to preserve and safeguard it. All members of the school community, Proprietor, trustees, parents, staff and pupils are expected to uphold the Special Character in the life and activities of the school.
All learning programmes, including those based on the New Zealand Curriculum framework, shall be taught from a Biblical perspective in accord with the Special Character of the School, subject to sections 31 and 32 of the Act.
The school aims to teach pupils the knowledge of God as He reveals Himself in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the knowledge of His creative, providential and redemptive works, and a knowledge of human societies, cultures, literature, science and technology from a Biblical perspective. The goal of this instruction is to equip the pupils with the basic skills needed to function effectively as Christians and citizens in today’s world and to equip them for the vocation God gives them. So that the pupils may fulfill their vocation the school seeks to:
- Inculcate an awareness that all of life is to be lived before God.
- Enable them to discern what is good in human history, culture, science and technology.
- Strengthen their commitment to Christ and His church.
- Help them develop their talents so they may serve God and their neighbours more effectively.
- Train them to live in obedience to God’s Word in every aspect of life.