Project Update

Dear School Community (including all those enrolled and those waiting)

Firstly, a huge thanks to all those who attended our public meeting in December.  It’s wonderful to see such support for the relocation and growth of our school into a full college in the coming years. There has been an enormous amount of work going on over the Christmas period and New Year as all the various groups have been working towards making the relocation of our school to Johnsonville a reality.  We expect to be able to release a detailed update in March, however we felt it was important to provide an interim communication to keep you fully informed.

This is a detailed summary of activities connected with the establishment of our new school. Topics covered below include:

  • The school name
  • Enrolment policy and timing
  • Uniforms
  • Transport
  • The new site and buildings
  • Prayer needs

School name: A subcommittee of the school board along with representatives from the Peniel Trust, the New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust and an external brand and marketing consultant (who has been voluntarily assisting this work) have explored a wide range of options for a new school name and logo. These have been narrowed down to a much smaller list and consultation with our land trust, proprietor and board is in process. 

Our school board will be holding a focus session about the draft names and logos for interested parents of both our current students and those on our expression of interest list at Broderick Road Chapel hall in Johnsonville next Wednesday 28th February at 7.00pm to seek feedback before the board makes its decision.  Please plan to join the session if you are available. 

Once a new name has been confirmed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) we will be building a new website which in time will become the single source of truth from the school board for information regarding the new site and relocation.

Enrolments: We are hoping to be able to open enrolments as soon as we receive confirmation from the MOE and will be communicating to all current families and those on our waitlist how this is to be managed and important details such as what the attendance dues will be set at and the donations that will be asked for.

Uniform: Selecting a new school uniform will be one of the next pieces of work to be done and we will be asking for parent input and feedback into this process to help us identify a new look and feel for the new school brand.

Transport: student numbers have increased this year at Miramar to 52 and our school minivan is almost full bringing students in from afar. We will be working with the Ministry of Education to assess whether they are able to provide a bus service from Miramar to Johnsonville next year. This is largely dependent on the number of students requiring this transport.  A parent coordinated minivan remains another option for smaller numbers of students. Due to the significant financial commitments to purchase and remodel the new building, the proprietor will not be able to provide financial support for transport.  Some MOE funding may be available, and our Principal will be exploring this in detail and communicating options for parents. 

Communication to our community: Until the new name is confirmed and the school’s new website is established, the current WCEP website (www.wcep.nz) will be used to post updates. If you have any questions, please feel to email the board at Board@christian.school.nz

Parent assistance: as new projects emerge throughout the year, we will be calling for volunteer support and would love to hear from you if you have the availability and could help for the various tasks that arise. 

School board: One of our board members has had to resign to support his family commitments. The board has elected to continue with the existing board members and to hold an election for another parent representative early in 2025 to allow our new families to participate. 

New Site Update

Purchase of the new site and building: While we wait for the signoff by the Minister of Education to be able to use the new site as a school, the purchase agreement now only has one other condition before becoming unconditional. That is for the raising of the necessary finance. The design team has put a huge effort into affordable ways we can remodel the existing building. We continue to be blessed with answers to prayer like discovering an unused and still boxed lift (which is mandatory to install) available at half the normal retail cost.  

Finance: Peniel Trust is submitting a loan application this week and asks for your continuing prayers. We gratefully acknowledge the groups and individuals who have already generously sown into this vision for extending the opportunities for Christian education in Wellington. We encourage anyone who feels inspired to make a contribution towards the building by donation or loan to contact the Trust’s chairperson at andrew@kissling.net.nz.

Earthquake strengthening: during the due diligence period, it was discovered there was additional work required to bring the building up to current compliance requirements. An agreement has been reached with the seller to enable this work to be completed which is another answer to prayer.

Prayer needs

Please continue to pray for: 

  • our financial needs. While the amount looks huge, we serve a wonderful and even bigger God whose name is Jehovah Jireh – our provider. Let’s be believing to see Him come through in amazing ways to our prayers.
  • the people working on all the different aspects to this work. Pray for their faith, health, wisdom, amazing connections, and provision for them and their families as they give so freely to this project.
  • the people in the Ministry of Education and Council who are part of this process.
  • success with all the different consents and approvals we are required to obtain.
  • the pedestrian accessway to the school – we need agreement from a neighbour.
  • our principal, Kaye and her staff as they continue to run our school at Miramar this year and provide quality Christian education to 52 lovely young hearts.

Our key partners

Peniel Trust: is the land trust that provides the land and buildings for the school. They also have a deeply vested interest in the Christian special character of the school. They are the trust that is purchasing the Johnsonville site and managing the remodelling of the internal building layout into a form suitable for a school. Email contact for the Peniel Trust is Andrew@kissling.net.nz

The Wellington Christian Education Trust: has been a key supporter of this project providing a significant amount of capital, prayer and other support to Peniel Trust and a longstanding supporter of this project.

New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust: is a multi-school proprietor that holds the legal agreement for the school with the Crown on behalf of the land trust. The NZCPT manages the relationship with the Ministry of Education and provides advice and support to the school board and the land trust as required. Email contact for NZCPT is CEO@nzcpt.nz

School Board: made up of three parent elected representatives, two proprietor appointees, a staff member and the school’s principal. The board is responsible for overall governance of the school and is overseeing the relocation functions related to the school such as its new name, logo, uniform and the expanding staff and student population in 2025. Email contact for the board is Board@christian.school.nz

May God’s richest blessings on you and your family.

Nga Mihi,

Peter Wilding

Presiding Member

Miramar Christian School Board

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