A Year 7 to 13 School with Christian Family Values
Longburn Adventist College (LAC) is a Christian school with Christian family values.
We provide a comprehensive programme for Year 7 to 13 within an integrated co-educational day and boarding school setting.
LAC offers excellent educational opportunities, while still being able to care for the achievement and development of each individual student. We strive to provide a learning environment that enables every student to achieve their full potential.
Adventist Education in New Zealand
Education based on Christian values
In caring schools, a critical connection has been made between students’ academic achievement and their need to feel safe, accepted, and valued. Longburn Adventist College recognises the need to provide an emotionally safe environment for students. This is attained through a variety of strategies, including bullying prevention, staff modelling of care and respect, school structures and routines, high expectations of student behaviour, and making sure that every student feels known and valued by all the adults in the school.
The curriculum at LAC is organised around the Learning Areas identified in the New Zealand Curriculum: English, the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, the Social Sciences and Technology, and the school’s special character subject – Bible. Through these subjects the school weaves relevant values and key competencies.
LAC’s attitude towards students and their learning is:
- All students are to be seen as individuals (we really want to know each person) and we will not give up on any one of them.
- All students will engage in the learning process and will achieve.
Health and Physical Education is a subject that is designed to develop the whole person. It is more than learning how to play some games and having a break from the classroom. PE is about giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in the area of health and physical activity so that you can take control of certain aspects of your development now and for the rest of your life. It is also hoped that your learning and experiences will be shared with others.
PE looks at developing the whole person: socially, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- Year 9 and 10 PE is compulsory and focuses specifically on developing the skills and game understanding of a wide range of sports from basketball to tennis to hockey.
- From Year 11, Physical Education becomes optional and the sports that we do are used to teach theory. The theory you learn will help your performance in sports – there are also trips including visiting and working out at local gyms and the Year 13 PE snow trip.
Within the Physical Education courses we want our students to:
- Establish a lifelong interest in physical activity
- Develop physical skills and a ‘games sense’ which will help performance in sports
- Develop and apply interpersonal skills
- Appreciate quality performance of self and others
- Have fun
“…serve one another humbly in love.”
Students may have the opportunity to travel away on service trips. In the past successful trips have been held to such places as Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, etc. Service activities include Building, Maintenance, running Bible Schools and various outreach opportunities. In 2010, students went to Solomon Islands. Fundraising for such trips is sometimes involved.
In July a group of 19 traveled to Vanuatu to assist with a latrine building project organised by ADRA NZ (Adventist Developement Relief Agency).
An integral part of the school’s philosophy is played out through worship. At the beginning of each day, all staff meet before classes start for a staff member led devotional time. The Chaplain leads in worship each Monday morning, the topic being related to ‘The Value of the Fortnight.’ Roll mark teachers also lead their classes at the beginning of each day. Currently two lunch breaks are used for Bible study for interested students.
Generally every alternate Thursday the first hour is set aside for a school-wide assembly/chapel time. This time may be deliberately spiritually focused and will include guest speakers and performing arts items. At other times it may be more of a school assembly style, during which time the Chaplain will present a “life-style” talk. Students participate in many ways including special items and leading out in the Praise and Worship.
Two fantastic times of the year to which both students and staff look forward are our ‘Spiritual Emphasis Weeks’ commonly known as the ‘Week of Worship’. The first one, usually in term one and organised by the Chaplain, is a time in which a guest speaker is brought into the college for a week and a particular theme is pursued.
Each morning of these two weeks, the first period is devoted to these unique times.The purpose of these weeks is to give students the opportunity to be led closer to God in their relationship – and in many instances resulting in students committing their life to God.
The programme is supported by prayer, the school’s own praise and worship band, personal testimonies and a follow-up with students who want further study of God’s word. The second programme, usually in term three, is run entirely by the students under the Chaplain’s guidance; it follows a similar format as the first, but students do all the speaking and running of the programme. Amazing times! These two weeks are a spiritual highlight of the college, and a number of students commit their life to Christ during this time.
Our Year 13 students have opportunity to share the gospel in State Primary schools by helping out in the Christian Religious Education programme. Each week pairs of students go into a classroom and share Christian stories.
The students develop the lesson and provide a programme each week. Our students love going, and the staff and kids at these schools love our students coming. Plans are being made for our students to go into other schools in the future.