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Thursday, 28 June
Principal's Message

1 John 3:18 NIV

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”.

Mr Gredig, our Chaplain, shared a part of 1 John chapter 3 earlier this week. What he shared is challenging on a number of levels. In the verse above one could easily ask the question “Does this mean I should not say nice things to uplift my friends, family and people I encounter?”. Maybe a better way of looking at it is that our actions reveal the truth of our words.

After working with students for some time now, I have found the majority can say sorry when they do something wrong to someone else. This is the first step in a three step process. Most can say what they are sorry for - step 2. The challenge starts at step 3, when it comes to offering “What can I do to make this right?”. “What if I am asked to do something I do not want to do?” This in turn hands over control to the other person. The irony is nearly all students just want the ‘offender’ to stop the ‘offending’ behaviour rather than get something. After all, our actions speak louder than our words.

‘Please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ are powerful phrases but only when the recipient believes you. The next time we need to say sorry, go through the whole 3 step process with an emphasis on the third step. Love one another by demonstrating it through your actions.

Brendan van Oostveen, Principal

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Upcoming Events

Term 2 Week 9:

·     Thu 28/06: Y12 Maths Competition at Massey University

·     Thu 28/06: 3:30 - 7:00 pm Year 10 Invictus Bonfire Night

·     Thu 28/06: BoT Meeting from 5:30 pm

Term 2 Week 10:

·     Wed-Thu 5-6/07: Pasifika Fusion at Regent on Broadway (see poster below)

·     Thu 6/07: 6:00-9:00 pm Pasifika Fusion Concert. $10 Adults & $5 U12

·     Fri 6/07: 9:00 am Chapel

·     Fri 6/07: Last Day of Term Two

School Holidays: Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July

Future School Dates:

·   Wed 25/07: LAC OPEN DAY - Day tours from 9.30am and Evening Tours & Presentation from 6.00pm. More info here:

·   Mon to Fri 6-10 August: Week of Worship

·    Thu 16/08: Arts Dept. Fundraiser at Square Edge. Details TBC

·   Wed 22/08: 5 Weekly Review

·   Fri 28/09: Term 3 Ends

·   Fri 24/08: Last Day for Y7&8 Subject Rotation

·   Mon 27/08: New Rotation Starts for Y7&8 Rotation Subjects

·   Tue to Fri 18-21/09: EDGE Exams (Y11-13 Trial Exams)

·   Fri 28/09: Term 3 Ends

·   Mon 15/10: Term 4 Begins

·   Fri 12/12: Term 4 Ends

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Academic Notices

NCEA Review

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Education is looking at ways to strengthen NCEA so that it benefits all young people. They will be talking to New Zealanders, from a range of backgrounds, to talk about their experiences with NCEA. There is opportunity for you to have some input into the conversation regarding NCEA. The 6 areas that are under discussion are:

  1. A restructuring of NCEA Level 1 and a reduction in the number of credits offered to gain Level 1
  2. Considering some of the barriers to NCEA such as NCEA fees, assessment conditions and teaching material
  3. Records of Achievements conveying the range of achievements that tell us about the learner as a whole
  4. Gaining Literacy and Numeracy which show employers and tertiary providers that learners can be successful in that area
  5. That NCEA levels 2 & 3 demonstrate connections to learning beyond the classroom, and include pathway opportunities towards work placement, industry training or an out-of-school qualification
  6. Making it easier for teachers, schools and kura to refocus on teaching and learning.

Ways in which you can have your say is by completing an online survey, attending a regional hui or workshop, leading a group discussion, submitting a detailed submission online, going online and joining a discussion about NCEA and posting your views on social media. All of these options can be found at the following link.

The opportunity to share through a quick survey is available at the following link.

Students from ages 5- 20 also have a chance to enter into the Make your Mark competition, sharing a vision of what education could look like in the future. See the above website for more details. This public consultation process will close on the 16th of September, 2018 so please take this opportunity and ‘Have your Say’.

NCEA Corner

We are now halfway through the academic school year and it is a good point to stop and take stock of where each senior student is academically. Tracking their progress early is one of the ways in which we ensure that students are positively progressing towards their goals of achieving NCEA for that level. Ways in which you can check in with your child is to:

  1. Access their portal and view their grades
  2. Encourage them to login to their NZQA Profile account as well
  3. Praise their progress
  4. Have the necessary conversations around achievement
  5. Ask the question - ‘What’s next and how are you getting there?’
  6. Contact their teacher for any queries you may have regarding a particular subject area
  7. Contact the Dean for any questions regarding their overall progress

Year 11s should be working towards 10 credits of Numeracy and 10 credits of Literacy as part of their 80 credits required to gain Level 1. The Year 13s should have established by now, the subject areas they want to gain University Entrance with and checked that they have gained UE literacy, which comprises of 5 credits of Reading and 5 credits of Writing. Students may already have established what they will be doing in 2019 - a trade, work or a tertiary program - and they need to check to ensure that they have taken the appropriate actions to gain NCEA level 3 by the end of this year.

A reminder that financial assistance is available for help with the NZQA fees. If you are eligible, please fill out and submit these forms as soon as possible. Please refer to last month’s newsletter issue. These forms are available at the link below:
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Community of Learning

LAC belongs to a Lower North Island Christian Community of Learning group which comprises of six other Christian schools within the Manawatu region. The purpose of the CoL is to work together, sharing best practice and providing an environment for teacher learning and collaboration, resulting in better outcomes. The CoL has established four areas of need within our schools to improve learning and achievement - Literacy, Science, Maths, and NCEA Achievement.

LAC held its first of four professional development sessions for 2018 in the area of Literacy. Teachers from three schools - Cornerstone Christian School, Hastings Christian School and LAC joined together in this endeavor. Ken Kilpin, Massey University Learning facilitator, spent a day working with teachers to understand the concept of Reading and Writing in the secondary school classroom. Getting students to read and write as a process rather than an end point was the concept for the day.

We are looking forward to the next three opportunities, where we will continue to better our own professional practice as LAC teachers.

Tamar Aiono, Assistant Principal

Latest News
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Week of Worship
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Music Department News
LAC Thomas Wai

Principal's Award

The Principal’s Award is a special award where the Principal of LAC nominates a student for doing or participating in something special. This year Thomas Wai was nominated for his commitment to the Manawatu Youth Orchestra. His instrument of speciality is the cello and he plays for concerts for the community in Palmerston North.

Rotary Music Award

Rotary Youth Festival

Every year students from across the schools in Palmerston North dedicate their time to play for the public in restaurants in the town. A group of students from LAC performed at The Coachman in May. Chrysolite Gali, Addira and Chayille Collette performed on the beautiful white grand piano and Lydia Pavarno on the cello. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to gain confidence performing in public. Well done to them!

String Ensemble

String Ensemble

The string group has grown in size and it is exciting to have teacher support. Miss Caitlin Leach is a talented violinist and has joined the group run by Sasha Routh, our Itinerant Strings Teacher. The group had their first performance during the Week of Worship where they played Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons. The group will be performing again at the World Vision Fundraiser and it is with excitement that we look forward to future performances.

Sandy van Wyk, Music Teacher

Careers News
Learners Licence

Learners Licence Congratulations

Well done to Brianne, Tianah, Jotham Tanner, Natalia, Amelia, Sandra and Naomi for passing their Learners on 26 June.

Careers in Health

Careers in Health Day, PN Hospital 22 June

Attended by: Tywana Wong, Lynberg Jacob, Sandra Namani, Jinni Zhang, Leiana Hiri, Emilia Sessa, Tanner Ferreira

What a great morning we had! Our budding doctors, nurses, pathologists, physios and a few undecideds tried their hands at resuscitation and blood pressure checking today. Thanks to the team of health professionals that made it all seem so much more real for us.

Cathy Mancer, STAR/Gateway and Careers

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