Welcome to Ponatahi Christian School. It's mission statement is this: "A school is for education. Hence the purpose of the school is to educate young people as well as possible, in the fear of the Lord".
If you think instilling fear in children falls somewhat short of best practice, you'll love the school's commitment to "teaching young people that they are born as lost sinners and can only be reconciled to God the Father by a supernatural work of regenerating grace".
Perhaps best of all, Ponatahi School teaches the 'science' of 'creation evolution'. Commenting on more orthodox theories of evolution, the school's website states, "It is clear that the Biblical model of a world wide flood producing layers of hydraulically separated sediment (which students can repeat overnight with dirt in a jar of water) is a more plausible explanation".
Something tells me that Ponatahi School is probably less than progressive in matters like sex education and supporting gay and lesbian students. In fact, it's hard to imagine this school turning out kids who are happy, rounded and well-adjusted.
This school is integrated, meaning it receives tax funding. Whether such a school should receive the blessing, or dollars, of the state is a very good question.
Another question is whether schools should be able to mislead children with this sort of bullshit at all. Where should we draw the line in allowing parents to choose what's best for their children?