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Our Vision


Alfriston College opened for learners in January 2004 with a vision to meet the diverse needs of 21st century learners under the leadership of Foundation Principal, Mr John Locke. The school was officially opened in June 2004 by the Right Honourable Helen Clark, ONZ, who was New Zealand's Prime Minister at that time.



Our vision is for Alfriston College to be a learning community dedicated to developing and supporting life-long, independent learners by creating an environment that fosters a sense of Belonging, values Learning and expects Success.



Kei a au te turanga, Kei a au te ako, Kei a au te tutuki!
I belong, I learn, I succeed!

Our Lifelong Values

The lifelong values we encourage, model and explore through our Whanau and learning programmes are Whakapapa (Connection), Ahuatanga (Character), Tu Maia (Confidence) and Matau (Competence) - commonly referred to at the college as 'the 4Cs'.


The Independent Learner Actions

At the core of learning at Alfriston College are our ten Independent Learning Actions (10 ILAs). These are actions that learners are encouraged to develop and use in order to foster independent learning. They also summarise what knowledge our learners need in order to embark on a lifetime of learning.

The Alfriston College Logo 

The Alfriston College logo is both a symbol and an introduction to the school; it tells a story about the school and reveals some of the significant values espoused by the school's community.
The logo has three dimensions:

  1. Font (Alfriston College)

  2. Mark (the pod)

  3. Background (the poutama pattern)

The image means different things to different people. It can be interpreted in a number of ways:

  • The Koru unfurls from the bottom opening out to support the pod, the koru symbolises a new beginning.

  • The pod is a nourishing and nurturing symbol.

  • It is a Manuka pod, a native of Manukau.

  • The seed is independent, complete, dynamic and leaving purposefully.

  • The pod is woven, this alludes to kete and tukutuku.

  • The woven pod can also represent a network - a community network or a digital network or a family network.

  • The woven pod can also be seen to include:

    • The letters A and C.

    • A bird's beak (Pukeko)

    • The Pukeko foot.

    • Shape and symbols used in Maori carving.

  • A connection with the Pukeko is also maintained through the uniform colours and the adoption of this bird as the school mascot, as the Pukeko is native to our area.

  • The Poutama pattern (seen on our stationery) is a foundation which supports all other elements.

  • The Poutama pattern is a positive, growing symbol, it is a stairway leading onwards and upwards, it follows the same bottom-left to top-right trail as the seed leaving the pod.


The Alfriston College Motto



The school motto plays a similar role to the logo. Whereas the logo tells a visual shorthand story, the purpose of the motto is to capture the essential vision of the school. The Alfriston motto 'Zest for learning - Te Ihi Ke te Ako' is intended to highlight the thrill, joy and excitement of the learning experience. It also captures the spirit of learning at Alfriston College. Learners should be connected to, challenged by and enjoy their learning. They should see purpose in what they learn and leave school with the capabilities to be self-reliant, self-motivated and life-long independent learners. 

Longer Learning Periods

90 Minute Lessons

Alfriston College runs 90 minute learning periods. This means that most learners have Whanau-based Learning Advisory (in Hapu with an Amokura) and three classes per day. 90 minute lessons allow for more in depth and uninterrupted learning to occur.


If you would like to read more about the Alfriston College Vision, please follow this link to download a copy of this document:

John Locke Sabbatical Report 2006