Week 3, Term 2 Newsletter
Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings everyone!
Can you believe we are already through our first three weeks of Term 2? We have many different things on at the moment, the pace appears to be going up a notch or two as each week passes. This is both exciting and a little nerve racking - particularly when the weeks appear to be going by so fast, and we have assessments and reports coming up in the next few weeks. And we know with this comes additional tasks to our already busy schedule.
I want to acknowledge the incredible amount of work our teachers and support staff are doing. Since bringing the Year 11, 12 and 13 students back onsite - from home learning and other schools, we quickly realised there was a bit of work needed to be done to get study programmes set, assessments complete, and credits achieved. The Secondary teachers have whipped into gear, are working hard to make sure our students achieve their best, and whatever needs to be done they are doing. It is pleasing to see our Senior students are working equally hard in class and with their mahi.
If you have not already, can I please encourage you to talk to your child about how they think they are going at school. Ask them about the things they are learning. Ask them to retell their day. Enquire of the things they enjoy and anything which might be challenging. Having an open dialogue with your child, particularly as they grow into teenagers, is very important to do. Spend time talking to them, praying with them, reading the Bible with them - do things which connect you with them, and they with God.
I was reminded the other day that regardless of the busyness of the days or the season, the Lord wants to spend time with us. He wants to have an intimate relationship with us. He wants to hear our hearts desires. He wants for us to want Him to move mountains, because He can and He will. Will you clear your busy schedule to spend some intentional time with the Lord?
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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Pink Shirt Day and Bake Sale
The Prefects have worked hard to organise their first event of the year with a mufti day and a bake sale. The idea for them was simply to dress up and raise some money to support Whāea Alice and her whānau.
As a school, we stand for showing love and kindness to others. We are called to be a light on the hill, just as Jesus is the light of the world for us. God commands us to love each other, because He loves us.
Although there may be other motives or intentions behind the Pink Shirt Day - we are simply using the day to dress up, promote love and kindness while having fun. Nothing more, nothing less.
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Teacher Only Day Feedback
Our Teacher Only Day held on Monday was a great opportunity for Primary and Secondary teachers to undertake professional development focused on improving literacy outcomes for our students. The Support Staff were introduced to School Docs (policies and procedures) and revised Health and Safety practices within an educational setting. The feedback from the day was very positive.
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School Uniform Improvement
Thank you to those parents and whānau for ensuring your child is dressed in the correct uniform. Teachers and staff have noticed a considerable improvement, and have noted students are looking ‘pretty cool’, sharp and smart.
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School Server down for Maintenance
Next week on Tuesday, our school server will be down and out of action. We are receiving an upgrade which will improve our connectivity and internet speed supplied to our school. We’re very grateful for this opportunity. In the meantime, teachers will need to go back to ‘the old way of teaching’ and have to complete their lesson without the use of devices. This will be fun and interesting!
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Primary Book Fair - Week 4
The Primary school are in for a real treat next week! They will be holding their annual Book Fair, set up in the Music room, and finish their week with a Character Dress up day. This is going to be a fun time. Thank you to the teachers, staff and parent who have helped organise this event.
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Northland Area School Sports Trials - 24-25 May
We have a group of 30 Year 9-13 students who will be travelling to Taipa Area School to participate in trials for selection into the Northland Area Schools on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Sports involved are football, netball, basketball, rugby, kiorahi and volleyball. Permission slips will be handed out today. Please make sure if your child is going, they return their slip by Monday.
Are your details up to date...........................
To ensure we have the most current and up to date information for your tamariki please check the list below and call 09 408 2671 or make contact via the School App or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to change or check any details we currently have on file. Your attention to this request is greatly appreciated.
- Street Address
- Contact phone numbers
- Email Address
- Emergency Contacts
- Medical Conditions
- Special Dietary Requirements / Food Allergies
A couple of house keeping reminders
Please call, email or use the APP to notify absences
All students must hand their phones into the office at the start of the day if they bring them to school
If your child is not in the correct uniform, please send them with a note so a uniform pass can be issued
We have a large number of 2nd hand uniform options available from the school office (heaps & heaps of senior school sized jackets) for a koha, please see the office to see what is available
Meet the Team - Mr Richard Wilkinson - DP & AP Secondary
Kia ora tatou katoa
I have recently been appointed as the DP of KAL's. Our whanau have returned to Northland from the Waikato where I served as the principal of Miller Avenue School. I am extremely excited to rejoin the whanau at Kaitaia Abundant Life School, My wife and I are dedicated educators who have worked in international schools in Chengdu, China and Amman in the Middle East.