BOT Newsletter – December 2017

Strategic news and Board initiatives

Meetings

Board of Trustees’ meetings are usually held on the last Monday of each month at 6:30pm, and with the exception of some confidential matters, are open to the public to attend. We update you on board issues with one newsletter per school term and welcome your feedback.

Funding for the School Long Term

An important subject the Board has been discussing in recent meetings is how to secure sufficient funding for school projects and priorities over the longer term. Additional funding from Government for projects such as a new School hall is very unlikely. Kohimarama School is lucky to have an active PTA which makes an outstanding contribution to fundraising but existing demands for this money will continue and there is unlikely to be surplus funds for major new projects.

The first priority is to determine how we could raise funds for the new hall. In partnership with others in the school community our intention is to chart a course early in 2018 on how we could achieve this over the next few years. For the longer term, a concept the Board has been discussing is to create a long term school fund which could be built using sources such as grants, sponsorship, donations and bequests that would form a capital base for the school to use for future developments. We will continue to refine these ideas and you should expect to hear more from the Board on this next year.

Thank You

Thank you to all our parents and caregivers who do such a great job getting our kids to school on time and ready to learn. Thank you to the many who volunteer – sports coaches and managers, road patrol, playground duty, helping at school events, school trips, reading intervention, walking school bus, parent help, ice block selling, filing books, library help, transporting kids to music and sports etc. Thank you to our wonderful PTA who coordinate so much and who raise not only funds but foster school community. Our school would be poorer without all of you.

Annual School Donations

THANK YOU to those families who have paid their donation. It is an unfortunate reality that the high standard of education which Kohimarama School provides our children is not fully funded by the Government. Typical of decile 10 schools, we rely heavily on the shortfall being covered by the school donations and fundraising.

Farewells

The Board would like to wish Karen Knarston and Ashleigh Milne all the very best for the future. Of particular note has been Karen’s long service which has earned her great respect amongst her peers, and Ashleigh’s invaluable contribution as a Board member during a remarkable year for Board decisions. There are also two teacher aides leaving, Dishika Hira and Kate Holloway will be missed. Long term relieving teachers, Kim Sanson and Deborah Laffoley also leave with our best wishes. The Board of Trustees would like to thank all these departing staff members for their contributions to the school.

Update on Strategic Goals

Goal Highlights Highlights
Our students have developed as well rounded citizens through the depth and breadth of programmes. Seniors learning science from secondary teachers, Art Exhibition, Community of Learning, Languages.
Our students have been challenged and effectively supported to achieve to the best of their abilities SoLO taxonomy, development of progressions, Learner Dispositions and the inquiry process are all tools which are used to develop our children’s learnings.
Our students have utilised e-learning as an enabler to optimise learning across the curriculum. Migration to the Cloud, widening the scope for the optional
Bring Your Own Device programme, Cyber Safety Programme.
Student achievement has been raised through our participation in Te Roopu Pourewa Community of Learning. Development of student agency to support learning.
Release of teaching staff to assist.
Our students have their school experience enhanced through consistent and pro-active communication between school and our community.

 

Development of communications plan which will lead to a unified look and feel of all communications. Community survey of requirements. Progressing various media for communications including a new School Website.
Our school has attracted high quality teaching staff who work collaboratively to achieve high quality outcomes for students. Commitment to staff professional development, introduction of employee assistance programme, staff survey.
Kohimarama School is the school of choice for years 7 & 8. Development of our ‘shaping the future’ plan, revised and expanded programme for students, student retention from Year 6 to 7 has increased by 15 percentage points this year.

Christmas Wishes

Finally, the Board would like to wish everyone in the school community a merry Christmas and every best wish for a fun and relaxing holiday season. Thanks again for all the support provided to our wonderful school over the past year. We look forward to reconnecting with pupils, families, staff and the entire school community in 2018.