FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions 2017-12-23T06:19:17+13:00

Do I have to be a Christian to enroll my child at Living Way?

No. Enrolment is open to any families who are willing to identify with and support our core values.  The following is how we explain this in our Prospectus…

“Living Way Christian School is open to families who are in agreement with its purpose, aims and objectives as set out in our prospectus.

It is also important that there be a sincere desire of the parents for their children to benefit from a Christian atmosphere and from a Biblically based teaching programme.  Therefore, both parents and children need to accept the aims and objectives of the school.

The enrolment interview therefore looks closely at the extent to which home and Living Way Christian School can work together and determines how far procedures and teaching may harmonise or conflict with the values and beliefs of the parents and children.”


Do I have to belong to a particular church to enrol my child at Living Way?

No.  Living Way does not belong to any one particular church or church denomination.  Living Way operates under a registered charitable trust; the Living Way Learning  Centre Trust.  Our “Statement of Faith” is published in our school prospectus and represents what we consider to be foundational Christian doctrine consistent with what is taught in most Christian churches.


How much does it cost to send a child to Living Way?

Our fees are published in our prospectus and in this website.

For one child you can expect to pay approximately $4500 per annum.*

For two  children you can expect to pay approximately $8000 per annum.*

For three children you can expect to pay approximately $8600 per annum.*

* These estimates are based on 2018 fees, plus allowance for approximately $600 per annum, per child, for curriculum materials and outings.  Costs for more than three children will be determined by negotiation, on  a case-by-case basis.


Will my child be able to make friends in a small school?

People worry that their children will have no one to play with in a small school.  We find this to be quite the opposite.  It is quite normal, at morning recess and at lunchtimes to see children of all ages, including young children and older teens, all playing games together – tag, ball games, hide and seek… the children seem to have an endless repertoire of things to play, and a great capacity to find something fun to do together.  Sure, there are times when just the older children will be playing something more age-appropriate together, or some little ones will be playing in the sandpit or building with blocks but, even then, it is not uncommon for children of varying ages to join in.

We make an effort to encourage a sense of family, and we find the older students keep an eye out for the younger ones.  In return, the younger ones look up to the seniors as role models. This helps create an environment where everyone feels accepted and valued.


How does Living Way provide sporting opportunities for its students?

Feedback from parents suggests that we do this better than many of our local schools! 

Our weekly programme includes regular physical education for our students.  Our physical education programme is constructed around preparing for a range of inter school sporting competitions that we participate in throughout the year: swimming, athletics, soccer & hockey, netball and touch rugby, cross country, and cricket.  For each of these events we design weekly skills programmes to prepare the children for competition, often drawing in specialist coaching help from sporting organisations, or parents with specific skills.  Typically, these have included weekly swimming lessons in the summer term, athletics coaching with local club coaches, Northland Hockey coaches, Northland cricket coaches.

Although we sometimes do not have sufficient numbers for team events, we can usually participate by forming teams that include children from  local home schooling families and other small schools in our locality.

However, parents must realise that providing opportunities for sports is firstly a parental responsibility [as for other extra-curricular activities, such as music, dance, and drama lessons].  Because our programme is individualised and flexible , it is relatively easy to accommodate families who wish to take their children out of class for regular weekly music lessons or special sporting events that they may be involved in outside of the school’s normal programme.



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