Board of Trustees Newsletter – Term 2 2018

Strategic news and Board initiatives

The Board of Trustees

Back Row from Left: Brad Dunstan (Parent Rep), Carrie Mills (Staff Rep), Stuart Lewis (Parent Rep), Jen Duder (Parent Rep) Front Row from Left: Susan Cotton (Parent Rep), Paul Engles (Principal), Simon Tucker (Board Chair, Parent Rep)

Board of Trustees’ meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month at 6.30 pm 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.

BOT End of Term 2 News

As we pass the half way mark of this year, it is time to look ahead.  Class sizes for 2019 are being planned and we are deciding upon the number of spaces to open up for the Out of Zone Ballot to be held next term.  Thanks to everyone who is giving us early advice of how many new entrants to expect and if you know of anyone intending to enrol a child with us next year, please ask them to give us a courtesy call.

Our annual financial audit has been completed, with the distinction of having no recommendations made by the auditor in their management letter.  This reflects well on the school’s management of finances.

We are excited to confirm the school’s forthcoming Jubilee in 2021.  We would like to build up a list of past and present families and invite them to register on our mailing list by using the following school website link: https://www.kohimarama.school.nz/about/school-jubilee-2021/

Sadly Jodi Maran is leaving us this week to be with her husband in the United States of America.  Jodi has done a terrific job as teacher and Snell Team Leader and we wish her all the best for the future.  On the flip side, we are fortunate to have Monique Browne replacing her in a seamless transition from the beginning of next term.

As many of you will be aware, there is an on-going shortage of teachers in the Auckland region.  As a Board, we are very conscious of the need to continue to have skilled staff for our school and to be a school of choice where teachers want to grow in their careers.  Our school Leadership Team has done a good job in securing great teachers for Kohimarama and this will continue to be a key priority for us as the shortage of teachers continues to be a factor.

ERO Review

The Education Review Office is commencing its periodic review of the school this month.

ERO is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.  Their main objectives are to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential and that everyone is treated fairly.

Their reviews are available freely online at http://www.ero.govt.nz/ and are conducted at a frequency which reflects their comfort vs concern with a school, somewhere between every year to a maximum interval of four to five years.

Here’s their summary from the last review conducted in June 2014:

Kohimarama School provides high quality education for all students. The school’s inclusive culture and the respectful relationships modelled by staff support student learning and wellbeing. Students achieve very well and participate in a broad curriculum that offers them many choices. Parental support for the school is strong.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.

As a Board, we welcome the opportunity the ERO Review provides this year for Kohimarama School to tell our story, about our student achievement, professional staff and great school leadership, and to receive expert feedback.  We will keep you informed as the Review is completed.

Thanks

Thanks to the 69% of parents who have already paid their annual donation to the school.

The annual parent donation provides a vital bridge in the gap between the base level of funding we receive from the Ministry and the actual cost to the school of funding the range of programmes we offer.

Specifically these donations permit us to fund an additional three teachers, ensuring that every class in the school is smaller, and thereby significantly improving the learning opportunities for every child.

Thanks also to the PTA for their huge efforts in bringing fun and funding to the school.  The recent working bee and trivia night events highlight how well they perform in these areas.

Thank you to everyone who has helped the school and the children.  To parents who freely give of their time as parent helpers, coaching sports teams, helping with road patrols, walking buses, in the classrooms and in any way asked.  To the staff who, without exception, go the extra mile and visibly show their professionalism, enjoyment and enthusiasm for the children and their development.

And finally, thanks to the children.  We’re all proud of you, your efforts and your learning.  All the best for the future.

The Board of Trustees, Kohimarama School