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School Newsletter - 30 September 2020
Y13 Tree Planting
Principal's Comments

“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”

Hebrews 13:14

In the last couple of days, I was reading an article which referred to 2020 in the shape of Hebrews 13:14. In its simplest meaning, the author was referring to the idea that 2020 will pass and that there are better things to come. I’m sure this idea resonates with many of us. Certainly, there are parents who are dealing with job losses, families trying to cope with being apart and simply the lack of freedom that we use to take for granted.

In comparison to the rest of the world, I feel blessed to be here, so I do need to remind myself to count my blessings. Whether we compare ourselves to America, Europe or even Victoria-Australia, we must always try to put things into God’s perspective. Jesus said that His yoke is light and easy. Perhaps the yoke we place upon ourselves is the most burdensome of all.

This morning in Chapel I celebrated the progress that our Senior School has made around Academic Achievements. In spite of Covid-19 and a few other significant challenges, our Senior students are well on track to achieving pleasing outcomes. Year 13’s in particular are significantly out-performing our expectations. A large number will almost certainly leave LAC with an Excellence endorsement and University entrance.

The way in which we have navigated Covid as a school community is to be applauded. It also suggests to me that the level of resilience is healthy. Even if it has been an exhausting process for each of us. Enjoy the holidays and take heart.

LAC Strategic Plan

A Strategic Plan states what is important and in what direction we wish to go. In the simplest sense, what do we want LAC to look like in three years? This includes keeping those things which are fundamental to who we are, but also identifying those areas we which to embrace. For the Board of Trustees to be able to put a Strategic Plan together, it has wisely decided on collecting parent, student and staff voice.

The staff voice has already been collected through the use of Professional Learning Groups, which LAC staff are involved with regularly. Student voice is currently being collected by our Board of Trustees Student Representative Chrysolite Gali, who will be officially replaced on the 19th of November 2020, by Lucas Talamaivao. Parents can anticipate a survey in the coming weeks, which will be overseen by the Board of Trustees parent representatives. They include Stephanie Horne, Robyn van Klink, Julene Duerksen-Kapao and Nilo Miado.

This will be a great opportunity for parents to confirm what is important to them and signal to the BOT the direction they would like LAC to go in. Once all voices are collected, the BOT will spend time developing its Strategic Plan. It is from that Strategic Plan that myself and the Senior Leadership Team will develop future Annual Plans for the next three years.

Longburn Primary - Technology Classes

Longburn Primary School has asked Longburn Adventist College whether it would like teach Technology to its Year 7 and 8 students in 2021. This is because LAC enjoys a wide range of specialist teachers for its Year 7 and 8’s. These include hospitality, building construction, art, music, amongst other subject areas.  The LAC Board of Trustees has agreed to this request and we are now in the process of formulating what this would look like in 2021. What we do know is that having more students in our school will allow us to offer a wider range of subject options for our own Year 7 and 8 students. Some of the initial conversations have included areas like photography and also languages.

The ability to offer a wider range of subject areas is an exciting step forward. As it allows our teachers to facilitate learning in areas they were previously unable to, and offering students more choice.

There is also another school which has shown interest in such a venture, so it is certainly an exciting time.

Tree Planting

Mr Nigel Wright (Building Construction Teacher), Year 13 students and some staff, along with A-Rocha, have set about creating a stand of native trees around part of the edge of the football field. The project has included 72 trees that were gifted to the school through its recycling efforts, as well as a significant number of trees from A-Rocha, which takes the final number to well over 100 trees.

A-Rocha is a non-profit Christian group which cultivates native trees to be planted for projects just like this. This group has been cultivating trees at the back of LAC for a number of years and works away quietly. It often surprises me how many people who’ve been connected to LAC for a number of years do not know about A-Rocha. The next time you come into the school grounds, look past the basketball court and you will see a red sign on a silver building far off in the distance. That is where they are. They meet on a Sunday and are a delightful group of Christians who enjoy the opportunity to support planting projects.

Click the photos to see more on LAC's Facebook page.

Brendan van Oostveen, Principal

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Top Student Dean Awards - Term 3

Year 7

  • Lexis Morales - For being a positive influence on his peers and having a cheerful outlook on life.
  • Honour Lalakai - For being a diligent worker in class who produces work to a high standard and helps those around him.

Year 8

  • Gwen Kapao - For being a diligent worker in class who produces work to a high standard and helps those around her.

Year 9

  • Periti Samuelu - Showing a resilient work ethic and always showing manners and kindness to those around him.

Year 10

  • Joyce Maliou - Cultivating resilience in assessment tasks and always going over and beyond what is needed.
  • William Brothwell - Cultivating resilience and commitment in work and working hard in everything he does

Year 11

  • Serena Cade - Cultivating resilience and dedication to assessment work and positively engaging in her learning.
  • Jack Matata - Cultivating resilience and integrity in assessment work and always being committed to his learning.

Year 12

  • Tsarine Gardner - A positive and pleasant young lady who works and tries hard in all that she does. She is fully involved in school life and is an excellent role model

Year 13

  • Eva Ruiz – A great role model for LAC.  She is always positive, friendly, outgoing and gets on well with everyone.  Always fully involved in school life.
Term 4 Dates

Week 1:

• Monday, 12 October: Term 4 begins

• Thursday, 15 October: Senior Music Soiree (Year 11-13 NCEA Solo/Group Performances)

Week 2:

• Wednesday, 21 October: Year 10 Invictus Parent’s Information evening 

Week 3:

• Monday, 26 October: Labour Day holiday

Week 4:

• Tuesday, 3 November: Year 13 clearance

• Wednesday, 4 November: Year 13 last day at school

• Thursday, 5 November: Aureum Sports Awards (LAC) 6.30 pm

• Friday, 6 November: Year 13 Graduation Dinner 5.30 pm

• Friday, 6 November: Year 13 Graduation Opening programme 7.30 pm

• Saturday, 7 November: Year 13 Graduation programmers:  Church (10.00 am); LAC House Programme (3.00 pm); Graduation (7.30 pm)

Week 5:

• Monday, 9 November: Year 11 & 12 Clearance

• Wednesday, 11 November: Year 11 & 12 last day

• Wednesday, 11 November: Year 11 & 12 Prizegiving 1.00 pm

Week 6:

• Monday – Friday, 16-20 November: Year 10 Invictus Journey (Abel Tasman)

• Monday, 16 November: NCEA external exams begin

Week 7:

• Wednesday, 25 November: Orientation day for 2021 new students

• Friday, 27 November: Teacher Only Day (no school for students)

Week 9: 

• Wednesday, 9 December: NCEA external exams end

• Wednesday, 9 December: Year 9 Beach Safety Day

• Thursday, 10 December: Junior Prizegiving 12.00 pm

• Thursday, 10 December: Last day of school

2021 Dates

Term One: 

  • Term 1 begins: Monday 1 February 2021
  • Orientation Day for new students: Monday 1 February 2021
  • Waitangi Day holiday: Monday 8 February 2021
  • Teacher only day (LNCoL School-wide mini-conference): 1 April 2021
  • Easter Good Friday holiday: Friday 2 April 2021
  • Easter holiday: Monday & Tuesday 5-6 April 2021
  • Term 1 ends: Friday, 16 April 2021 

Term Two

  • Term 2 begins: Monday, 3 May 2021
  • Teacher only day: Thursday, 20 May 2021
  • Queen’s Birthday holiday: Monday 7 June 2021
  • Teacher only day: Friday, 11 June 2021
  • Term 2 ends: Friday, 9 July 2021 

Term Three

  • Term 3 begins:  Monday, 26 July 2021
  • Teacher only day: Tuesday, 3 August 2021
  • Term 3 ends:  Friday, 1 October 2021 

Term Four

  • Term 4 begins: Monday, 18 October 2021
  • Labour Day holiday: Monday 25 October 2021
  • NCEA exams begin: Monday 8 November 2021
  • Teacher only day: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
  • NCEA exams end: Thursday 2 December 2021
  • Term 4 ends: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
School Calendar
Uniform for Term 4

Students don’t need to wear a tie in Term 4.


  • Girls: Plain black roman sandals not worn with socks/tights  OR  regulation , lace-up black school shoes worn with socks/tights. 
  • Boys: Plain black roman sandals or regulation, lace-up black school shoes worn with plain grey knee-length school socks

Jacket – alternatives include:

  • School regulation blazer (purchased from Academy Apparel)
  • School regulation black, softshell jacket with college emblem
  • For very cold weather: a plain black feather/down puffer jacket with discrete label – obtained from a range of retailers.


  • A reminder that styles are to be clean, tidy and conservative and should not draw attention to the student.
  • The fringe should not be below the eyebrow.
  • One natural hair colour.
  • Dreadlocks, colouring and streaking of hair is not permitted.
  • No shaved styles closer than a number 3.
  • Boys: All hair on, or longer than, the shoulders must be tied back.


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