Digital Technologies at LAC 2018


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

2017 was a transition year where students were encouraged to bring a device to use in their learning. In 2018 we would like all students to bring an ‘Acceptable Device’. For many families that acceptable device already exists but for some families it will not. For those families that currently do not have an acceptable device we want to provide options to consider before 2018 arrives. The minimum requirements for an ‘Acceptable’ Device is that it will come with its own full-sized, physical keyboard: e.g., a chromebook or laptop.

The document below will give a more detailed explanation to help you if you are considering purchasing a device.

AS A PARENT/CAREGIVER WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

Complete the IT survey which will be sent in the near future. The survey will clarify if your child already has the desired technology and help us develop the possible options if they do not.

THE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY JOURNEY AT LAC

The LAC vision for digital technologies is that ‘ LAC grows a digital environment where learning, ethics and relationships are the focus’. For us, it is important that students are prepared for the world they will move into in the future but most importantly are prepared for God’s purpose in their lives. At the core of this journey the focus has been on retaining integrity in how we demonstrate our Christian values and strengthening relationships.

Two years ago, LAC began the journey to become a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) school. The ‘Fast & Curious’ technology team of teachers has led staff professional development this year so that staff can use digital technologies with increasing confidence to enhance teaching and learning. This has been a key focus of LAC PLD time on Thursday afternoons. Staff are working towards completing a Google Training Certificate by the beginning of 2018.

As a school we have heavily invested in the vision of growing our digital environment. The wifi infrastructure has been upgraded to support a larger number of devices, and modems are in most classrooms. A wider range of devices is now in use, including Chromebooks, iPads, TVs or projectors in each classroom, sound and recording devices. One computer lab has been upgraded to high-end desktop computers for specialist software usage. The Intermediate Department is also investigating the option of an online digital classroom.

DEVICES AT LAC

This year students have been encouraged to bring any type of device to access the internet and participate in a growing number of digital activities in classes. This has resulted in some students bringing a wide range of devices daily. We have concluded that the ‘ acceptable device’ with a physical keyboard is more adaptable than using a phone or tablet.

CHANGES THAT INFLUENCE OUR USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

In July 2016 the Ministry Of Education (MOE) announced that digital technology will be fully integrated into the NZ Curriculum, ensuring that all students from Year 1 to 13 will have the opportunity to learn Digital Technology and students will be able to specialise from Year 11 to 13. This curriculum will be introduced to all schools in Term one 2018 and is expected to be in use by 2020. “Many schools are already making digital technologies learning a part of their teaching programmes; the change ensures that all students get these experiences, to prepare them for a world
where digital skills are increasingly valuable to the economy and wider society.” (MOE Parent Fact Sheet) For more in-depth information about the Digital Technology Curriculum, fact sheets, the consultation & review process, the draft document, and links to further information, click here.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also have a goal to have NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) examinations, where appropriate, available online by 2020. They are currently conducting digital trials and pilots with schools around NZ for a selection of Level 1 and 2 subjects.

We look forward to working with you as we continue our journey with Digital Technologies.

Kind regards

Brendan van Oostveen
Principal, Longburn Adventist College

Course Subject Selection Booklets for 2018


Over the school break, current Y10, Y11 and Y12 students are encouraged to read through the corresponding subject selection booklets with their caregivers, as their subject choices for 2018 will need to be made in Week 1 of Term 4.

In the next several weeks, we will be developing the timetable for 2018 from the finalised subject choices by senior students.

For Year 12, each student takes 6 NCEA subjects (each offering 18-24 credits) which contribute towards the credits that are needed to achieve NCEA Level 2. Of these 6 subjects, 2 of them are core subjects at LAC for Year 12 (Bible and English). The other four subjects are chosen by the students from a range of options.

For Year 13, each student takes 6 NCEA subjects (each offering 18-24 credits) which contribute towards the credits that are needed to achieve NCEA Level 3. Of these 6 subjects, 1 of them is a core subject at LAC for Year 13 (Bible). The other five subjects are chosen by the students from a range of options.

EDGE Exam Timetable 2017


Years 11–13 *EDGE Timetable 2017

(*Emergency Derived Grade Exams)

Wednesday 20th September – Friday 22nd September 2017

All exams are in rooms A13, A14, A15 except for Art, Music, and Photography. Students are expected to remain in the exam room for the duration of the exam time. Exams will run from 9.00am – 12.00 pm, and 1.10pm – 3.10 pm daily. Be outside the exam room no later than 8.50 am and 1.00pm.

Yr 12 students sitting the History exam on Tuesday 19th Sept. are expected to attend P1 & 2 class with a lunch break of 25 minutes, to be ready at 11.55 pm outside B24.

Yr 13 students sitting the Mathematics exam on Tuesday 19th Sept. are expected to attend P1, 2 & 3 classes with a lunch break of 25 minutes, to be ready at 12.55 pm outside A13.

* Normal classes continue for all senior students not involved in exams on Tuesday 19th Sept.

 

Year 11 Examination Timetable

TimeTues. 19th Sep.

Day 4

Wed. 20th Sep.

Day 5

Thu. 21st Sep.

Day 6

Fri. 22nd Sep.

Day 1

9.00 amEnglishScienceHistory

Economics (Commerce)

Accounting (Commerce)

1.10 pmMusic (C26) Mathematics

 

Year 12 Examination Timetable

TimeTues. 19th Sep.

Day 4

Wed. 20th Sep.

Day 5

Thu. 21st Sep.

Day 6

Fri. 22nd Sep.

Day 1

9.00 amChemistry

Media Studies

EnglishBiology

Economics

Music (C26)

1.10 pm(12.10 Start) History B24)Mathematics

Music (C26)

– Physics

Photography 1 (B25 – External Boards

 

Year 13 Examination Timetable

TimeTues. 19th Sep.

Day 4

Wed. 20th Sep.

Day 5

Thu. 21st Sep.

Day 6

Fri. 22nd Sep.

Day 1

9.00 amPhysics

Geography

Chemistry

History

Photography 1 (B25 – External Boards)

English

Photography 2 (B25 – External Boards)

1.10 pmMathematics (A13)Biology

Music (C26)

Media Studies

Economics

Pasifika Fusion 2017


“2017 Pasfika Fusion was another huge success! Every year I am blown away by student participation in the annual event held at The Regent on Broadway. There were 15 Secondary schools around the Manawatu region who participated in over 11 different categories. The theme this year was Communities of Learning exploring school pride and empowerment, with the motto ‘It takes a village to raise a child

Huge congratulations to the students who placed in the following:

  • 1st Place – Senior Poetry – Jotham Tesese
  • 1st Place – Cinematography – Yukiko Nakao-Afeaki (video below)
  • 2nd equal Place – Cinematography – Jotham Tesese (video below)
  • 3rd Place – Wearable Arts – Sisi Panikoula & Evaysha Hala

There are so many people to thank for their contribution to costumes, rehearsals, student supervision, cinematography and wearable arts. However a big thank you to Torika Warren-Peu and her team for the amazing effort and tireless nights in preparing for PI Fusion.

Thank you to everyone who continues to be a part of our village, supporting our Pasifika students to be proud and confident individuals.”

Juliana Paul, Teacher in charge

Photos are available to view on LAC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1468336216592618.1073741850.507273469365569&type=1&l=39ae554afc


1st Place – Cinematography – Yukiko Nakao-Afeaki


2nd equal Place – Cinematography – Jotham Tesese