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Christian School Gets Good Report

Christian School Gets Good Report

Kerikeri, New Zealand, December 14th 2012 - The Ministry of Education’s Education Review Office has inspected the Kerikeri Christian School at Waimate North and were suitably impressed.

Since the last ERO report in December 2009, the campus has been relocated from Kerikeri to the Waimate North site. Development on the Edkins Road site has been deferred while the school community considers other options. Meanwhile the Waimate North Campus has provided the necessary space for consolidation and planning and is well situated for future growth.

The Waimate Campus opened on August 1st 2011. ERO reports; Students are generally well engaged in learning. The school has a purposeful learning culture. Good progress has been made in sharing assessment information with students and identifying their next learning steps. Students talk about their own learning and are aware of how well they are achieving. Overall, positive relationships are evident between teachers and students.

Students in Years 1 to 8 are achieving well in reading, writing and maths in relation to National Standards. Senior managers regularly monitor student progress against school achievement goals. Data are analysed and shared with teachers. The effective use of assessment information to inform teaching and learning programmes is particularly evident at the Waimate North campus.

The Ministry of Education provides free transport from Kerikeri to the campus. The locality is rich with history with beautiful and peaceful surroundings. The campus has the blessing and support of the local community and neighbouring marae. It has a country school atmosphere with a top class modern education undergirded with Biblical values.

There are approximately 10 vacancies for Years 1-8 at Waimate for the 2013 year and preference of enrolment is given to families and students who have a particular or general connection to the Special Character of the School. There are also some vacancies at the Kaikohe campus in the Year 1-8 levels.

The Kaikohe campus provides secondary education. Head Prefect of the Christian School, James Whitehead from Kerikeri said in his speech at senior prize-giving “I’m just going to say a few words about my time at Kaikohe Christian School and what I have experienced while I’ve been here.

I came here (Kaikohe Christian School) last year and I’m thankful that Mr. Melrose gave me the opportunity to be head boy. I love this community and this school. It feels like we’re all family here. And I’m so grateful that God brought me to this school. He definitely brought me here for a purpose. I see so much life and potential in the school, you guys can change the world.

I have learnt so much about leadership and friendship while I have been here. I have learnt to appreciate life and the special moments that I’ve had here. God’s been speaking to me about how short life is, so to make the most of my time here has been very important.

I’m really going to miss everyone here and the school, especially all my friends. Thank you so much to all my teachers for all the input you’ve given me. You guys have an amazing school. It’s each one of you here today that make the school what it is, not the buildings or the school grounds.

So I encourage all of you seniors to make the most of your time here, because we only have this one opportunity to lay a good foundation for the future.

For you guys who are leaving this year. I encourage you to put the Lord first wherever you go and you will find that you will succeed in life in whatever you do. Working towards a career is good and providing, but having God in your life is the best and you will have an amazing, happy life with Him in it.”

James’s speech sums up the Special Character of both campuses.

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