News from the Board

12 August 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 NEW Board
of Trustees!  Here’s your new Board:

Back row, right to left
Ian Conning – Dad to Murray in year 6 and Aisling who is a new entrant, Ian has taken on our property portfolio.
Amy Renata – Mum to Jehvei in year 3, Amy will be responsible for Māori and Pasifika success at our school.
Kelly Barker – Tumuaki
Stephen Opie – Dad to Vanessa who attends Tawa college and
Isobelle in year 6. Stephen has been re-elected as Board Chair.

Front row, right to left
Noha Ibrahim – Mum to Laila (at Tawa intermediate), and Nour in year 5, Noha has taken on the health and safety portfolio.
Abbey Corich – Deputy Principal (staff representative)
Sophie Robbers – Mum to Mia in year 6 and Georgie in year 2, Sophie has the community engagement and events portfolio.
Matthew Bulford (new Board member not in photo)

Building renovations – great news!

We are pleased to say that we are back on track with the refurbishment of the bottom block. Thanks to some additional funding from the Ministry of Education, we are now able to add to the bottom block project a new accessible bathroom, one quiet space and also refurbish the bottom block staff room. We will also be able to add a new quiet space in the top block. We aim to refurbish the entire bottom block across all four classrooms, however, this will depend on the cost of the project. At the very least, we will be able to refurbish two classrooms to a very high specification. We have engaged an external project manager and architect to help us manage and deliver our project. Work is underway to prepare the necessary documentation for the Board to review and approve. We are meeting with the design team regularly to ensure we continue to make progress with the aim to deliver the project in the near
future. We will provide more information as we progress the project. Needless to say, the building upgrades and modifications will go a long way in supporting our children’s learning abilities as well as providing our valued and hardworking teachers with the right teaching environments.

Mahinga Kai garden – security plan in place

Our community was shocked and disappointed by the recent theft and vandalism in our amazing Mahinga kai garden. The Board has been focused on finding sustainable solutions to avoid this in the future and ensure that our garden continues to be an amazing learning space as well as a place that will provide food and plants for our community. Soon you will see new lights being installed around our garden, we will have night vision security cameras and CCTV signage. Students and parents will also be communicating with local community groups to raise awareness about our precious garden.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the amazing parents who have driven this project, the incredible students who are so invested in this mahi and all of the other volunteers that have helped this outdoor classroom and community initiative ‘grow to thrive’! We can’t wait to see the ongoing progress and hear more stories about how connected our students are to this project.

Finance support needed

The Board is looking for some more finance support to help us manage our school finances. If you are an accountant or have experience working in finance, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Stephen (Board Chair) and he will be in touch. ([email protected])

Water only school – day 1, term 4

At our August 5 Board meeting, we discussed developing a long-term strategy to encourage our students to eat healthy and also help the school minimise food packaging waste. The first step in this strategy will be to become a water only school. From day 1 of next term (term 4) students will only be allowed to drink water at school. Please ensure they only bring water and not fizzy or juice. We know water is better for our kids and will help them stay hydrated (especially as summer approaches), which will help their learning.

Finally, we want to thank you for participating in the June Board of Trustees Elections. It is an important process and it was encouraging to see so many candidates and votes come in, It shows the high level of engagement our community has in the success of our school. A big thanks also to Sue Kelly who organised the election as our Returning Officer.

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, Kelly, Amy, Noha, Abbey and Stephen

Here you can read and download the agenda for our next Board of Trustees meeting on Monday 25th November 2019 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.