General Information

Kaitaia Abundant Life School teaches the New Zealand national curriculum. This includes the NZ Curriculum and the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) to Level 3 (Year 13). Notwithstanding this, each subject is taught from a Biblical perspective and Christian values are holistically woven right throughout the fabric of our teaching and our programmes.

Key Aspects

Developing knowledge of God:
  • His nature and character.
  • High expectations of student achievement and behaviour including attitude, work ethic, tidy appearance, homework completion and Godly conduct.
  • Emphasis on every student achieving the best they are capable of.
  • Catering for individual learning styles, including Special Needs and Gifted & Talented Programmes

Key competencies

Emphasis on the Key Competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum:
  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols and text
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing
  • Having an enterprising culture

Students enter the New Entrants class in their first year of school and are introduced to the culture and ethos of the school through a range of educational and developmental activities. When the student is ready, they are introduced to a mixed reading programme that includes phonetics, a numeracy programme, and the wider curriculum. Every effort is made to make sure that students get a good start in the early years so that they can get a broad, general education in the future.

Classes in Years 1–6 have a homeroom and a class teacher for the core curriculum. Students also receive instruction from other staff as teachers share their curriculum strengths through elective courses (e.g., Art, Music, and Science).

Classes in Years 7–13 each have a form room and a form teacher who has daily contact and maintains a pastoral interest in each student’s welfare and progress. Individual subjects are taught by subject specialist teachers.