Week 5, Term 2 Newsletter
Tālofa lava! Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings everyone!
This week is Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. In honour of Mr Daniel Lafaialii, we thought it would be important to celebrate the language and culture significant to his heritage, and also of some of the aiga at our kura. Staff and students have been encouraged to use Samoan everyday phrases, Matua Pops prepared a lunch treat of ‘sapasui - chop suey’, and the Secondary school have been learning the art of playing kilikiti - cricket. We love celebrating, whatever the occasion - and this was no exception!
Well if you didn’t know winter has arrived - it has. We are in the month of June, and for the next few months it will be winter. This means it will be colder, rainier, darker… you get the idea. Students are encouraged to wear their warm uniform items and shoes during these cooler months. With winter also comes colds, flu, viruses and other illnesses. Please ensure to keep your child home if they are feeling unwell with coughs and running noses. We’ve noticed a considerable rise in absenteeism these past 2 weeks which suggests we have some whānau battling the winter bugs already (my own home included).
Teachers are literally in the thick of assessments at the moment. Once assessments are complete, each teacher will begin compiling reports which will be sent home at the end of this term. The purpose of the report is to show each child’s progress in relation to the learning they’ve undertaken in Term 1 and 2. The information contained within this report will help form discussions between whānau and their child’s teacher at our Parent Teacher Interviews held early in Term 3. More information will be sent in the coming weeks.
I want to acknowledge a small group of students who have been demonstrating wonderful innovation and leadership around our school. This group are our Prefects - a bunch of passionate and enthusiastic Year 13 students who have big hearts to serve their school community and fellow students. They’ve organised a successful mufti day and bake sale, and they have more events up their sleeve. This past week they ran the whole school assembly sharing their message - “Have an attitude of gratitude.” Staff and students alike enjoyed their lively and interactive presentation.
At Kaitaia Abundant Life School, we have many things to be grateful for. Sometimes our attitudes don’t necessarily reflect our gratitude, which is disheartening. We have warm classrooms and buildings, our playground is safe, there is running water and toilets that flush. We have breakfast and lunch available each day at school. We live in a relatively peaceful country. But most importantly, God loved us so much he gave his son, Jesus, so we may have eternal life with Him in heaven. And if that is not enough of a reason to be grateful, then what is the measure of our gratitude?
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 ESV
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Ministerial Appointed Board Members
We need you! Our students need you!
Our Board of Trustees elections are coming up again this year in September. These happen every 3 years, although this year it has been delayed across New Zealand due to Covid disruptions. Our school has an Alternative Constitution Board of Trustees. Quite simply, the members of our board are made up of a number of representatives. This includes up to 3 members appointed by the Minister of Education, through an application and recommendation process.
The term of appointment is for up to three years. Applicants should preferably have knowledge and experience of school governance. Knowledge of developing and maintaining relationships with parents, whanau and community is highly desirable.
For more information and an application package please contact Richard Abel on mobile 027 430 0589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications, with a copy of a current CV and completed eligibility attestation form, must be received by 5pm on 10 June 2022.
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Northland Area School Sports Trials Results
Congratulations on selection to the following students :
A couple of house keeping reminders
As we move into our cooler months the winter cold/flu is around, if your child has any symptoms for the cold/flu please test (and advise if positive) and keep home till the symptoms are gone.
Please call, email or use the APP to notify all absences - Sick, appointments, holidays during term time, tangi/funeral etc.....
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 - Matua Daniel Lafaiali'i - Secondary Social Science Teacher and Senior Boys Dean
Tena Koutou Whanau
O lo'u tamā o Masoe mai Falealupo i Savaii
O lo'u timā o Masoe mai Vaiala i Upolu
O lo'u afafafine o Amelia
O lo'u igo o Seumanutafa Galumalemana So'oalo Tanielu Lafaiali'i
My students at ALS call me matua Daniel
I have been the Social Science teacher here now for two years and i love being part of a small learning community, especially since i have been working in schools with over 1300 students. I especially love working with students in the junior school who are always full of energy and are always positive.
I live in Ahipara and enjoy surfing and swimming the left hand breaks off Tauroa point .
Ia manuia lasagai o lem lumana'i