Week 7, Term 3 Newsletter
Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings everyone!
At certain times in the year, I do what I call a ‘check-in’ - a reflective exercise I do to see how things are going in different areas of my life. This is usually every 3 months or so. This week I have spent time reflecting on the year that 2022 has been, particularly in my workspace here at school. Back in 2020, the Lord called me to Kaitaia Abundant Life school. And through obedience, I followed Him. Fast forward to 2022, the Lord spoke to me about taking on the Acting Principal role. I questioned myself and also Him - ‘Lord, I’m not good enough. I don’t have the skill or knowledge to do the job well. Surely there must be someone else!’ And the Lord said to me; ‘I have prepared you for such a time as this’ (Esther 14:4). And through obedience, and might I say a lot of reluctance and hesitation, I said ‘yes.’
I am grateful for what God has done for me - the doors He has opened, the opportunities I have been given, the blessings in the many forms - He is so so faithful! When I have felt I have not had the strength to do more, the Lord has been my refuge (Psalm 46:1). Everything I have done has been for the glory of God, not for me.
As a school, I am so proud of what we have accomplished and achieved so far this year. It has been a journey of intense learning, challenges, creativity, flexibility, reflection, revelation, and of hope. Throughout this all, the Lord has never changed.
The next few weeks of this term are going to go by so fast, and I am mindful we have so much to do - particularly with preparing for Term 4 and all the important things needing to be done like exams, assessments, reports, prize givings and end-of-year events. Term 4 will also see Mr Mark Tan return from sabbatical leave, and I will transition into a supporting role.
My encouragement to whānau is this - be obedient to the call God has for you in your life. His plans and purposes for us are to prosper, to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). I am only one of many testimonies of the goodness of God!
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." — Matthew 11:28
AIMS Games - Netball team
This week our school AIMS Games netball team have been representing our school, their whānau and the Lord in Tauranga. The feedback from Whāea Alice has been encouraging to hear of the growth the team made over the course of the week - improving on and off the court with each.
Thank you to Whāea Alice and Whāea Te Oranoa for assisting the team throughout the week.
Kaitaia Abundant Life School - BoT Parent Representative Elections
Kia ora Whanau,
Our initial Parent Rep Election has been deemed invalid (as the only person nominated was a grandparent & also a school staff member and all staff members are only eligible to be on the board as the Staff Rep) so we are now running a new election.
All parents and caregivers have been emailed a Nomination Cover Letter and a Nomination Form for this new election, if you are a parent/caregiver and have not received an email please contact the office.
Nominations close 12pm on Wednesday 28 September 2022.
Voting closes at 4pm on Wednesday 2nd November
If you have any questions or queries or you would like a hard copy of the nomination form or cover letter please don't hesitate to contact me.
Signed: Bobbie Ngauma
Important Dates to Remember
- Friday 23rd September - Senior Formal Dinner
- Wednesday 28th September 12pm - BoT Parent Rep Nominations Close
- Friday 30th September - Last Day Term3
- Monday 17th October - First Day Term 4
- Monday 24th October - Labour Day - Public Holiday
- Wedenesday 2nd November 4pm - BoT Parent Rep Voting Closes
Student Vehicle Registration Forms
If your child has a restricted license and drives a car to school, they must register this information by completing our Vehicle Registration form. Please make sure they see Bobbie at the office if they have not already registered.
Student Mobile Phones - at school
Whāea Bobbie reports there has been no increase in phones being handed into her at the office each day, but that students still have them and use them during the school day. Mobile phones are an unnecessary distraction at school - if contact needs to be made home to parents and whānau, students can do this through our office.
Any phones confiscated by staff will need to be collected by parents and whānau.
St Johns District Cadet of the Year - Levi Ashwell
Congratulations to Levi Ashwell. Levi recently attended the St John Youth District Competitions where his team where commended on the quality of their mahi.
Levi was also chosen as the District Cadet of the Year for his fantastic attitude during the weekend camp - he demonstrated all of the core values of St John Youth - Whakaaro nui (We have open minds), Mahi tika (Do the right thing), Tū tahi (We stand side by side), Mahi pono (We are straight up) and Whakapai ake (We make it better)
Coopers Beach Girls Camp
Registrations open !
Girls 9-13 years old
Camp starts: Thursday 6 Oct 4.00pm
Camp ends: Sunday 9 Oct 1.30pm
Camps include lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities, team building activities, bible teaching times, opportunities for girls to make new friends and develop new skills in a safe environment.
To register your child online click here
Once the registration form is received AND payment of $70, an email confirmation will be sent to you along with a list of things to send with your child to camp. No places can be held or reserved. Any instructions in regards to covid precautions will be included in the registration confirmation.
Please pay into the following bank account
Coopers Beach Girls Camp
Reference: Girls 2022 Particulars: Childs surname
This camp is run by a full team of adult helpers and student leaders and is headed up by Lynley Fleming & Felicity Mason.
Lynley Fleming 021 336692
Meet our 2022 KALS Prefects - Jahzara Takimoana - Head Girl
Prefect Profile- Jahzara Takimoana 2022
Kia Ora koutou.
Ko Pouerua me Pukenamu oku maunga
Ko Ngatokimatawharua me Tinana oku waka
Ko Waitangi me Wainui oku awa
Ko Nga Puhi me Te Rarawa oku iwi
Ko Ngati Kawa me Ngati Terokeka oku hapu
Ko Oromahoe me Wainui oku marae
Ko Tina-Maree Takimoana toku mama, no Ahipara ia
Ko Ariitea Takimoana toku papa, no Waitangi ia
Ko Jahzara Takimoana toku ingoa
My name is Jahzara Takimoana, I am a Year 13 student and I have had the privilege this year of being Kaitaia Abundant Life School’s Head Girl, a Senior Head Prefect, as well as the BOT Student Representative. I live in Ahipara, Kaitaia with my mum, dad and two younger brothers. I am currently finishing my last year of High school. I enjoy leading Praise and Worship on Monday mornings, learning different languages and cooking for my family.
My all time favourite scripture from the word is Psalms 23:4 which says “I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won't be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd's rod makes me feel safe.”As a child who was genuinely scared of the dark, this always reminded me that despite what I may face in life on Earth, through faith, I shall not fear or fret. This scripture comforts me to know that He is always with me, leading me on with His rod in hand, calling me forward. This verse reassures me just how much He knows of me and how close of a relationship I am able to have with Him. Close enough like that of a best friend, that I can feel totally safe in His presence.