Abundant Life School

Students who know who they are & Whose They are

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9 Sep:  Wig Wednesday

10 Sep: Know  Means No Tour

25 Sep: Last Day of Term 3 

26 Sep- 11  Oct: School Holidays

12 Oct: Term Four Starts

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Kaitaia Abundant Life Centre Trust 
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38 - 9014 - 0820094 - 00

If you wish to make a payment plan contact the Proprietors at dues@ktabundantlife.org.nz

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09 408 26 71

office@abundantlife.school.nz

11 North Road, Kaitaia

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Student LEADERS

Uniform

Our school uniform reflects the pride we have in our students.  We expect them to wear it with pride and to reflect excellence in their attire.  It is mainly purchased from DD Gold.

Homework


There will be no formalised homework in the Primary Syndicate this year. The junior students will still need to read daily and their reading homework will be noted for you in their diaries each day. Please support them in this and sign their diaries, adding an encouraging comment from time to time. Children love showing the teachers what whanau have said about their reading. If your child needs extra support please speak to their teacher who can guide you as to how you can further help them at home.Time spent every day to play or sit down and chat with the family about the day is more beneficial than doing hours and hours of homework. Having family time and allowing children to go out and play after a long day at school helps children to have a balanced, happy day.




Uniform and PE Gear


All children now have a smart new school uniform and are looking great. Please see the office for the full uniform list. In Terms 1 and 4, school hats are a vital part of our uniform. We want to make sure our children are protected from the sun whenever they are playing outside. Our motto to remind children to wear hats is, “No hat, no play, no fun today” Please ensure that your child has a school hat which is clearly labeled with his/her name. In Term 1, we will be going to the town pools once a week on Mondays to practice our swimming skills and learn more about water safety. Students will need to bring their swimming togs. Caps and swimming goggles are recommended. Please send a waterproof bag for wet togs and don’t forget a towel. Uniforms can so easily be misplaced and go missing. It really helps if all items of uniform are clearly labeled with your child’s name. That way, if something is misplaced, it can easily be returned to your child.resume our PE program at school and children should wear their PE gear to school on PE days.




Stationery


Please collect your stationery list from the office. Stationery needs to be purchased and labeled with your child's name by the time school starts in Term 1. It makes a big difference to the children's confidence when they are able to arrive on the first day with everything they need, Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.




Pimary Assemblies


Primary Assemblies are held on Fridays at 1:30 pm and parents are warmly invited to attend. At these assemblies, certificates are given out to children to acknowledge areas of merit. Birthdays from the week are also recognised. Each class will take turns to lead the assemblies and share a Bible message in a creative way.




Communication


Good communication is vital for all healthy relationships and this is true for our partnership between home and school too. All classes will be using the app Seesaw, which is a lovely online portfolio. Instructions will be sent about logging on and once you have done that, you will be able to share your child's school adventures regularly, with an option to comment/ like/ add verbal raise etc. The children love it and parents have found it easy and fun to use.




Absences


If your child is absent, please ring the school office and let us know the reason before 8:40 in the morning.




When your child is ill


If your child feels ill at school, the teacher will make an initial assessment and then send him or her to the sickbay. If the illness persists, the office will ring home. If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, please keep him/ her home for at least 24 hours after the last episode. This will help prevent the illness from spreading to others while your child recovers. Sore throats should never be ignored and if your child has a sore throat, the MOKO team can swab their throat at school and inform you of the results. The MOKO team comes to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you notice nits or head lice, please keep your child at home until all the lice and eggs are completely removed.




Reporting


Reports will be sent out at the end of terms 2 and 4 to comment of your child’s progress in relation to the National Standards for Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Children who have completed 12, 24 or 36 months at school will receive an anniversary report against the National Standards at the end of the term of their anniversary.




Assessments


Most assessments are ongoing and formative, designed to guide the teachers in what the children need to learn next. They also help the children set goals for their next learning steps. Many of these assessments are in the form of observations, conferences with the children, checking of workbooks, weekly spelling and dictation tests, basic fact drills and listening in to learning conversations between children. Some assessments are more formalised and may take the form of tests, online tasks and assessments and 1-1 verbal testing. All of this information is gathered to determine your child’s progress against the National Standards and is used to form a comprehensive picture of how your child is progressing.




Changes to home time arrangements


If there is a change in your child’s hometime arrangements, like bus changes, going home with someone other than their parent/caregiver, please let the office know. This information helps us to help keep your child safe and get him/her home safely each day.




Parent-teacher interviews


Parent-teacher interviews are a wonderful opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher and find out how things are going for your child at school. You will be informed of the dates of the interviews and how to book a time slot online. Please make time to see the teacher on these special days. Children love it when their parents are involved and show interest in their learning in this way.




Concerns or Queries


If you have a concern or query about something, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. This could be by: Writing a note in the homework diary Sending an email to office@abundantlife.school.nz Making an appointment to discuss the matter with the teacher. If the matter is urgent, please pop in before or after school and have a chat with the teacher about the concern.




Behaviour Management


Most children are enthusiastic about doing the right thing and making the most of their time at school. Children are rewarded when 'caught doing good' with a 'gotcha' certificate. At the end of the week there is a prize draw for all those who managed to be caught doing something good. From time to time, however, a child may need some assistance in this. Discipline is meant to be restorative rather than punitive and every effort is made to help children to learn from their mistakes and to mend relationships which may have been affected by the incident. Minor incidents (continually inattentive in class, calling out, misunderstandings between children, distracting others in class, not completing work, etc.) For minor incidents, the following stages will be followed in order to help your child to adjust the behaviour: - Verbal reminder of what the expectations are - Visual reminder ( may be name on board, coloured card given) Usually this is enough to help children to make the right choices, but should the misbehaviour persist: - 5 minute timeout. - 10 minute detention - Referred to the Assistant Principal and Parents notified. The incident is noted as a school pastoral incident. - Referred to the Principal and parents notified. Major incidents ( hurting, disrespectful talk, swearing, stealing, bringing dangerous items to school, bullying, etc). For major incidents, the steps might start anywhere from the 5 minute timeout to being directly referred to the Principal, depending on the severity of the incident. We are committed to helping all parties affected by these incidents, to bring about restoration of relationships through the disciplinary steps. We are pleased to report that major incidents rarely occur at our school. Our goal is to partner with you to give your tamariki a joyful, productive time at school. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to get in touch.




Keeping in Touch


It is important that if your circumstances and contract details change that we're kept up to date with your most recent contact details. It is expected that students live with parents/caregivers, if there are any changes to living arrangements please let us know, changes may affect enrolment





Standards of Conduct


A major aim of this school is to foster Christian character in the lives of our students. We believe that attention to conduct and dress are important in the development of these traits.The following guidelines are to help students set high standards of personal appearance and behaviour expected of them as students of this school.




Conversation


Students are expected to speak in an appropriate manner and show courtesy and respect at all times. Examples of this include:
 Addressing people by their known and proper name
 Addressing adults by their appropriate title
 Always showing gratitude and thankfulness
 Complimenting and acknowledging each other whenever possible
 Speaking to others with grace
 Welcoming guests openly
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to talk to one another.” - Galatians 4 v 6




Conduct


Students are expected to behave in a self-disciplined and considerate manner at all times. Examples of this include:
 Following and obeying all school rules and procedures
 Being diligent and conscientious in their work
 Being kind and considerate to one another
 Looking after their own and other’s property
 Being friendly and helpful
 Treating others as they would like to be treated
“Live in a manner that is worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every respect, bearing fruit in every good work.” - Colossians 1 v 10




Attitude


All students are expected to have a positive and caring attitude. Examples of this include:
 Knowing that God loves them
 Knowing that they are of great value
 Knowing that they can be successful in whatever they dedicate themselves to
 Knowing that their teachers and this school have their best interests at heart
 Encouraging, affirming and being thoughtful to others.

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus...” - Philippians 2 v 3-5




Respect for Authority


Students are expected to maintain a respectful attitude towards their parents, teachers and all those who are put in charge over them. We expect prompt and respectful obedience. Examples include:
 Being teachable and open to counsel and correction
 Being respectful and quick to obey
 Being loyal, supportive and submissive
“Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account.” - Hebrews 13 v 17




Inter-Personal Relarionships


Students are expected to maintain the loving and caring environment and atmosphere of our school. They are expected to treat others with dignity and honour and to be encouraging and helpful to one another. Hurtful or derogatory teasing, bullying and other negative actions will not be tolerated. Exclusive boy/girl relationships are considered a distraction from the focus of studies and are discouraged.
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”
- 1 Timothy 4 v 12




Discipline


All students are expected to abide by the standards of conduct set down by the school. Failure to do so will result in appropriate corrective measures. If a student does not respond to normal disciplinary procedures, parents will be contacted to discuss the situation. Serious breaches of conduct will result in students being stood down or dismissed from the school. “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” - Hebrews 12 v 11




Personal Habits


Students are expected to develop and maintain high personal standards. Throughout their tenure at the school, all students are considered to be ambassadors representing the school wherever they go. We expect them to maintain standards that are in keeping with the aims of our school, even outside of regular school hours (this includes social media). At all times, they are to abstain from smoking, drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs or indecent language and profanities, and to strive to be above reproach.




Sickness or Injust at School


Minor injuries are treated at School. Parents or caregivers will be contacted if medical attention is required. In case of emergency your child will be taken straight to hospital. If your child has an allergy or requires medication at School, please let us know early in the year. There is an opportunity to declare medical conditions on the Enrolment Form. We strongly advise parents to declare any conditions that may put their child or others at risk. It is extremely important that the office has up-to-date contact phone numbers should there be an emergency.





school wide

Primary

Homework


There will be no formalised homework in the Primary Syndicate this year. The junior students will still need to read daily and their reading homework will be noted for you in their diaries each day. Please support them in this and sign their diaries, adding an encouraging comment from time to time. Children love showing the teachers what whanau have said about their reading. If your child needs extra support please speak to their teacher who can guide you as to how you can further help them at home.Time spent every day to play or sit down and chat with the family about the day is more beneficial than doing hours and hours of homework. Having family time and allowing children to go out and play after a long day at school helps children to have a balanced, happy day.




Uniform and PE Gear


All children now have a smart new school uniform and are looking great. Please see the office for the full uniform list. In Terms 1 and 4, school hats are a vital part of our uniform. We want to make sure our children are protected from the sun whenever they are playing outside. Our motto to remind children to wear hats is, “No hat, no play, no fun today” Please ensure that your child has a school hat which is clearly labeled with his/her name. In Term 1, we will be going to the town pools once a week on Mondays to practice our swimming skills and learn more about water safety. Students will need to bring their swimming togs. Caps and swimming goggles are recommended. Please send a waterproof bag for wet togs and don’t forget a towel. Uniforms can so easily be misplaced and go missing. It really helps if all items of uniform are clearly labeled with your child’s name. That way, if something is misplaced, it can easily be returned to your child.resume our PE program at school and children should wear their PE gear to school on PE days.




Stationery


Please collect your stationery list from the office. Stationery needs to be purchased and labeled with your child's name by the time school starts in Term 1. It makes a big difference to the children's confidence when they are able to arrive on the first day with everything they need, Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.




Pimary Assemblies


Primary Assemblies are held on Fridays at 1:30 pm and parents are warmly invited to attend. At these assemblies, certificates are given out to children to acknowledge areas of merit. Birthdays from the week are also recognised. Each class will take turns to lead the assemblies and share a Bible message in a creative way.




Communication


Good communication is vital for all healthy relationships and this is true for our partnership between home and school too. All classes will be using the app Seesaw, which is a lovely online portfolio. Instructions will be sent about logging on and once you have done that, you will be able to share your child's school adventures regularly, with an option to comment/ like/ add verbal raise etc. The children love it and parents have found it easy and fun to use.




Absences


If your child is absent, please ring the school office and let us know the reason before 8:40 in the morning.




When your child is ill


If your child feels ill at school, the teacher will make an initial assessment and then send him or her to the sickbay. If the illness persists, the office will ring home. If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, please keep him/ her home for at least 24 hours after the last episode. This will help prevent the illness from spreading to others while your child recovers. Sore throats should never be ignored and if your child has a sore throat, the MOKO team can swab their throat at school and inform you of the results. The MOKO team comes to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you notice nits or head lice, please keep your child at home until all the lice and eggs are completely removed.




Reporting


Reports will be sent out at the end of terms 2 and 4 to comment of your child’s progress in relation to the National Standards for Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Children who have completed 12, 24 or 36 months at school will receive an anniversary report against the National Standards at the end of the term of their anniversary.




Assessments


Most assessments are ongoing and formative, designed to guide the teachers in what the children need to learn next. They also help the children set goals for their next learning steps. Many of these assessments are in the form of observations, conferences with the children, checking of workbooks, weekly spelling and dictation tests, basic fact drills and listening in to learning conversations between children. Some assessments are more formalised and may take the form of tests, online tasks and assessments and 1-1 verbal testing. All of this information is gathered to determine your child’s progress against the National Standards and is used to form a comprehensive picture of how your child is progressing.




Changes to home time arrangements


If there is a change in your child’s hometime arrangements, like bus changes, going home with someone other than their parent/caregiver, please let the office know. This information helps us to help keep your child safe and get him/her home safely each day.




Parent-teacher interviews


Parent-teacher interviews are a wonderful opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher and find out how things are going for your child at school. You will be informed of the dates of the interviews and how to book a time slot online. Please make time to see the teacher on these special days. Children love it when their parents are involved and show interest in their learning in this way.




Concerns or Queries


If you have a concern or query about something, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. This could be by: Writing a note in the homework diary Sending an email to office@abundantlife.school.nz Making an appointment to discuss the matter with the teacher. If the matter is urgent, please pop in before or after school and have a chat with the teacher about the concern.




Behaviour Management


Most children are enthusiastic about doing the right thing and making the most of their time at school. Children are rewarded when 'caught doing good' with a 'gotcha' certificate. At the end of the week there is a prize draw for all those who managed to be caught doing something good. From time to time, however, a child may need some assistance in this. Discipline is meant to be restorative rather than punitive and every effort is made to help children to learn from their mistakes and to mend relationships which may have been affected by the incident. Minor incidents (continually inattentive in class, calling out, misunderstandings between children, distracting others in class, not completing work, etc.) For minor incidents, the following stages will be followed in order to help your child to adjust the behaviour: - Verbal reminder of what the expectations are - Visual reminder ( may be name on board, coloured card given) Usually this is enough to help children to make the right choices, but should the misbehaviour persist: - 5 minute timeout. - 10 minute detention - Referred to the Assistant Principal and Parents notified. The incident is noted as a school pastoral incident. - Referred to the Principal and parents notified. Major incidents ( hurting, disrespectful talk, swearing, stealing, bringing dangerous items to school, bullying, etc). For major incidents, the steps might start anywhere from the 5 minute timeout to being directly referred to the Principal, depending on the severity of the incident. We are committed to helping all parties affected by these incidents, to bring about restoration of relationships through the disciplinary steps. We are pleased to report that major incidents rarely occur at our school. Our goal is to partner with you to give your tamariki a joyful, productive time at school. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to get in touch.




Keeping in Touch


It is important that if your circumstances and contract details change that we're kept up to date with your most recent contact details. It is expected that students live with parents/caregivers, if there are any changes to living arrangements please let us know, changes may affect enrolment





Secondary Syndicate Leadership


Girl's Dean - Angelina Wakarua Boy's Dean - Louise Hansen Assistant Principal - Celia Dallas




NCEA


NCEA is the national qualification for senior secondary school students in New Zealand. Understanding NCEA
At each level of the qualification (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3), students are assessed on the learning attained in their selection of subjects. Achievement Standards
Individual NCEA subjects are subdivided into Achievement Standards. Some standards are internally assessed and moderated externally during the academic year. Others are externally assessed through the NCQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) national examinations which generally take place at the end of the year. Each successful assessment earns credits that contribute to a certificate at level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. Most subjects offer between 16 and 24 credits.




Keeping in Touch


It is important that if your circumstances and contact details change that we're kept up to date with your most recent contact details. It is expected that students live with parents/caregivers, if there are any changes to living arrangements please let us know, changes may affect enrolment.





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