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The Kingdom is Amongst Us

Our Learning Conferences yesterday, were a good opportunity to review progress at this point of the year, and korero on the next steps in learning. Learning is never linear, and is often buffeted by the winds of external events and emotions. Our hope is to provide an environment where our students can engage in the learning, and, over time, take more responsibility for their learning. The partnership with home is an important piece of the jigsaw and we thank for your continued support of our mahi (work). 

Next week we have our second Teacher Only Day focusing on the approaching Curriculum changes. Our Senior College staff will be exploring what this means in the NCEA space, with more detail for specific subjects being available. The rest of the staff are beginning the Refresh of our Local Curriculum. We are using two lens to review this: the Kingdom Signposts (Justice, love, spirituality, beauty, freedom, truth, power) and Authentic and Meaningful learning. Both of these will allow us to develop programmes that engage students in the learning and provide opportunities for student agency. Your responses in our recent Curriculum Survey, along with student survey data, will help us in this journey.

We are approaching fullness for 2022, with only 6 spaces available in specific Year levels, before we hit our roll cap of 300. This is a reflection of the great work our staff are doing, and the obvious desire in our community for what we offer as a Christian Special Character school.


Graeme Whitehead


‘Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘here it is,’ or ‘there

it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”          Luke 17: 20-21 (NIV)