Abundant Life School
Students who know who they are & Whose They are
Quality teaching and learning
Effective Godly input
These are my simple goals for our school.
Short. Concise. To the point.
I believe that when we successfully combine these two goals, we will see amazing results: students who know who they are, know whose they are and their true potential.
Our students have significant potential - this I know. Our goal is to provide them with the opportunities, tools and encouragement to realise their individual potential.
I love our town, our region and our community. Having travelled the world, I know that I am in the right place and working with staff, students and whanau of the same mind, spirit and direction. When we work together, aiming for the same goals, heading in the same direction, we will achieve great results.
Our school is whanau-orientated, God-loving and safe. Once here, students simply don't want to leave as it is a home away from home.
To this end, if you have any questions please let me know. I would love to assist you in the development of the education of your child . . . right here in the heart of the Far North of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
What wE'RE aBOUT
Effective Godly input - one of our two key goals. As a Christian school, God is our #1 priority. We desire to have all our students know God, to know who they are in Him and to live their lives accordingly. To this end, each class has devotions on a daily basis with the school's assembly also being pivotal in the development of our students' faith. In addition to this, all classes are taught from a holistic Christian worldview and all KALS staff are practicing Christians.
Quality teaching and learning - one of our two key goals. The school prides itself on providing quality educational programmes for our students in a safe environment. We expect our students to give their best and to this end, we have high personal and academic standards. Consequently, students are expected to be well-behaved and respectful, to complete classwork and homework, wearing their uniform with pride, and respecting themselves, their peers, their teachers and their parents. We believe that when students are engaged in learning and are succeeding, school becomes a great deal of fun; we like to see our tamariki smiling.
There is nothing better than a real sense of belonging. That feeling of knowing that you're accepted, loved, wanted and needed. This is who we are. We recognise and value our differences; that's the goodness and fullness of the Lord illustrated right here through us! Despite our ethnic, age, sporting, hobby and interest differences, we know that in Him we are whanau. That's extremely assuring. Our students, from the 18 year olds through to the 5 year olds, interact with each other throughout the day. Staff, students, parents - whanau. This is us. This is who we are.
The Proprietors of the school are the Trustees of the Kaitaia Abundant Life Centre Trust and their role is to administer the property (land and buildings) and to ensure the school operates within, and maintains, its Special Christian Character.
The Abundant Life School Board of Trustees are the legal governors of the school. The Board consists of parent representatives, proprietor representatives, the Principal and a staff and student representative. It is the Board’s responsibility to set policies which govern direction of the school. This includes the appointment of all staff. Board of Trustee elections are held every 3 years.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
The house groups are named after four significant people in the early life of the school:
Dow House named after Allan and Sue Dow (founding Principal/teacher)
Adair House named after Glen and Pauline Adair (previous Pastors and former teacher)
Graham House named after Bondi and Meti Graham (foundational members of the church and school)
Tan House named after Benny and Sharon Tan (founding Pastors of the Abundant Life Centre)
The House Group structure seeks to build whanaungatanga and interaction between the year levels of the school by running sporting, cultural and social events throughout the year.
Students are placed in one of four house groups and each individual house has a colour that students wear with pride when they are competing in interhouse activities.
House groups also provide leadership opportunities for students who are appointed as House Captains and forges a sense of belonging among students, which in turn gives them a strong sense of pride in their school.