BoT Newsletter – October 2020

Dear parents and caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 4, it’s great to see a return to normalcy in the community and see our learners come back to school so eager to be with their friends and in their learning environment.

Property planning

Our school roll continues to grow with this term starting with 588 students, an increase of 15 students over this time last year and enrolments still continuing.  This reflects the great community we live in and the success of the school.  It also demonstrates the impacts of the recent Unitary Plan changes with more in fill houses in our suburbs.  This is an ongoing challenge for many Auckland schools. 

A key pillar of the school’s strategic plan set by the Board earlier this year is to develop a great learning environment.  This includes property planning for both the short term and long terms needs of the school.  Over the past 18 months the Board has been actively engaging with the Ministry of Education on roll growth and property planning.  This culminated in a meeting in September with the Principal, the Board of Trustees and representatives of the Ministry’s planning and property divisions.  The meeting was productive with a commitment to look at the schools short and long-term property needs. 

In the short term we will see continued pressure on classrooms sizes and spaces, the board is confident the school will find appropriate solutions and is exploring many options with the Ministry.

Ballot for out of zone students

Given the school roll has continued to expand the Board has made the decision not to open a ballot for out of zone students for the coming year.  Like last year this was a difficult decision for the Board as we recognise its impacts on several families in our community.

Board makeup

With Matt Bolger’s resignation earlier this year we now have four elected representatives.  The board is taking time to consider the best approach for this vacancy.

Gratitude

We’d like to recognise the great number of parents who give up their time to help and contribute to our community.  In particular the small number of parents who drive the PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) and go over and above to create fun events for us all to participate in. 

For new and existing parents in the school the PTA would love to see you at meetings, getting involved and supporting the events – every bit of help and input is appreciated and the whole community benefits.

See here for more details to get involved and contribute.

Finally a thank you to the staff of the school for being agile and responsive during this disrupted year. The focus on students and their wellbeing along with the continued support for learning is appreciated by the Board of Trustees.

Kind regards
The Board of Trustees