News from the Board


12 February 2020

Tēnā Kōutou,

The BoT would like to update you on the Principal appointment process.

Three Board members have been appointed to a Principal Search Committee and have already begun the process of finding our new Principal. The Committee members are Stephen Opie, Sophie Robbers and Matthew Bulford.

The panel has appointed a highly experienced consultant, Helena Barwick, to help us with this process. Helena has helped many schools in Wellington search for and select new Principals. We are really appreciating the information, advice and support Helena is providing us.

We also appreciate the feedback we have received from our community and have taken this into careful consideration throughout the process thus far and will continue to do so moving forward.

We will start advertising the position on the 17th February, with applications closing mid March. We intend to interview candidates early in April.

We will continue to keep you all informed as we progress. We trust you are as excited as we are about having a new leader join us to continue our amazing vision of Growing People to Thrive!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any members of the Search Committee.

Ngā mihi nui,

Principal Search Committee
Stephen Opie, Sophie Robbers, Matthew Bulford


8 November 2019

Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Kia Orana, Namaste, Ni Hao, Alsalamu Alaykum, Fakalofa lahi atu, Talohani!  Here is some news from your Board of Trustees!


We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Bulford (Dad to Ella in year 4) has been co-opted to the Board for the remainder of the current Board’s term. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and was co-opted to take on our Finance portfolio to ensure our accounting and financial decisions are what’s best for our school. We are really excited and appreciative of the knowledge Matthew brings and look forward to learning a lot from him.


Thanks to everyone who has been interested about this scheme, asking us questions and voicing your ideas.

The Board of Trustees has decided to opt in to the new scheme in which the Government will pay our school $150 per student in return for the school not asking for donations from families. The scheme does have some exemptions, the most significant of these is school camps. This means the school will continue to request donations to help cover the cost of the Year 6 camp.

If you would like to learn more about this scheme, please feel free to download the information leaflet (search “Donation Scheme Information” on the Internet) or pick up a copy from the office.

This scheme will begin in 2020. The Board has opted in for one year as a trial and will revisit this later in 2020.


We are pleased to report that the Bottom Block refurbishment project is on track. We are approaching tender stage and hope to also seek an amendment to our original consent while we are awaiting tenders to come in.

Once the tenders come in, we will be able to determine what aspects of the project can proceed – it all depends on the budget. Once we know, we will invite you to a BBQ information night at the school to share the plans for the project and also let you know what will happen to our tamariki while the work is taking place.

We have also just been advised by experts that the admin block has cladding problems and needs repair work. The Ministry of Education will fund this, but we do not know yet when this work will begin. We will keep you updated.


Recently the BOT undertook a waste audit with some of our tamariki and we wanted to share the results with you.

Over just one week of collecting, we collected 2 ½ large rubbish bags full of lunch wrappers (WCC green recycling bags!). This is estimated to be only one third of the plastic and wrappers in the school as we had a little trouble with collecting in some classes.

We pride ourselves on doing what we can at HHS to improve sustainability and reduce our impact on the environment, and this is one way we hope to be able to show our community the collective waste we accumulate.

Along with educating our tamariki further about the use of our new bins at school, we hope that in seeing this, families may be more aware of our impact on the environment and think of ways that we can reduce this. If you have any ideas or would like any help with how to do this, please check out the conversation on the HHS community facebook page or be in touch with the Board.


We are now able to confirm our 2020 term dates. These have been aligned with Tawa Intermediate school in the hope that this makes life easier for all families.

Term 1: February 3rd-April 9th

Term 2: April 28th-July 3rd (Teacher only day Friday 29th May)

Term 3: July 20th-September 25th (Teacher only day Friday 21st August)

Term 4: October 12th- December 16th

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments about any of these things. Thanks for all you do in helping us all GROW PEOPLE TO THRIVE!

The Board of Trustees

Ian, Sophie, Mel, Noha, Abbey, Matthew and Stephen

Here you can read and download the agenda for our next Board of Trustees meeting on Monday 23rd March 2020 at 5.30pm – please note this agenda will be available one week prior to the meeting and will be subject to change.

Here you can read and download the Minutes taken at our Board of Trustees meetings – just click on any of the buttons.  Archived copies of the Minutes are kept in the office.

Minutes 2020