Monday, 11 February 2019

The year kicks off

Kia ora koutou, greetings!

We had our first Board of Trustees meeting for the year last night, and I am very excited about the pace and what will be happening in the school in the near future! It is enjoyable working with our new principal and we were very fortunate to have the attendance of two visiting parents, who were simply interested in what we do. It would be fabulous to continue to garner interest.

This update will summarise some of the key pieces of work that we discussed. We hope that you enjoy the read.

¤ Digitisation - this is a focus for 2019.           
At the beginning of the year we launched the new SchoolApp. It now has had over 250 downloads, but we would love it if all parents could download it. Please do so, if you haven't already.
We have also implemented the new sign- in process on tablet. This helps the school to know who should be on the school premises during school hours, and who needs to be accounted for in the event of emergency.
Another exciting development is that our school policies are now available online, for parents to read, review and feedback on. This took a while to get finalised from last year, but we're there. Instructions on how to access these will be coming shortly.
The school topic of inquiry this year is innovation and we hope to deliver a new digital curriculum later in the year. This is a very exciting new development that the Ministry of Education has rolled out, to prepare students for a digital future.
You've probably noticed that our website is feeling a little out-of-date, so we will be refreshing this in the near future. Watch this space!

¤ Board of Trustee elections - this year is election year!
We have over half of our board members stepping down at the end of the election term (because their kids have finished school), and we would like to have lots of new parents showing interest in joining the board. If this is something that you would consider, then please contact the school or BoT ( and we will invite you to the next couple of meetings we have.
We will be aiming to elect five parent trustees.

¤ Driveway, pool and playground - making Stanhope look better.
The board have committed to improving the Harris Rd entrance of the school. Money has been budgeted for a reseal of the driveway and fencing improvements to make it much safer and more attractive to newcomers. This is likely to be a multi-year endeavour, but we believe will dramatically improve perceptions of our great school.
Our amazing Parent Support Group have obtained grant funding to upgrade our pool seating and shade environment, so we can look forward to an improved spectator experience.
Thanks also to the Parent Support Group for the hugely popular OREX spinner, and please note that plans are underway for the remainder of that area.

Thank you Mr Wilson and to the Stanhope staff for a great start to the year.

Until next time!
Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Principal appointed!

Tēnā koutou katoa

The Stanhope Road School Board of Trustees are very excited to announce the appointment of Mr Zane Wilson Principal  2019.

Zane is currently the Associate Principal of Wakaaranga School in Farm Cove, a position he has held for the last five years.  Prior to this Zane has worked in a variety of schools including, Edendale Primary School, Sandringham and John McGlashan College, Dunedin.

Zane impressed the Board with his leadership experience, strong curriculum knowledge, and overall passion for diversity and creativity. Zane has implemented a number of innovative programmes at Wakaaranga School, and we look forward to him working with our staff, children and whānau community to ensure Stanhope Road School delivers to our vision of being creative, collaborative and inclusive.  We are very much looking forward to working with him.
On the whole, we received a positive response to the advertised position and consequently, a high calibre of applications.
It is testament to the great work of the leaders, teachers and Board of the school. The Principal advisor we used to assist with the appointment process stated that we are an attractive school. We are very grateful for her independent professional assistance. Finally, thank you to everyone; staff, students and whānau, for your contribution and your patience throughout the appointment process. Please join me in congratulating both Zane and ourselves for what we have accomplished.

Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Principal applications are closed

We received some great feedback from staff, students and whānau about what you would like to see in our next principal.  Much of this reiterated what we as the Board of Trustees were looking for too.

Here are some of the criteria that we would all like to see:

¤ A champion of our Vision of ‘Friends, Learners, Guardians’, our Values and strategic direction
¤ A dynamic, energetic and forward-thinking leader who is prepared to ‘step the school up’
¤ Committed to promoting and celebrating our community’s diversity
¤ Focussed on student achievement with a proven and successful history of good outcomes for students
¤ Approachable, visible, with a sense of humour
¤ A natural communicator who engages easily with everyone in the school community
¤ A collaborator, who works easily with teams
¤ Be knowledgeable about and a champion of mātauranga Maori
¤ A competent steward of the school’s resources, be well organised and bring business acumen to the role
¤ Committed to continuing to grow leaders in the school
¤ A strong advocate for the school in the local community and an ambassador for our Kāhui Ako

Applications for the role have now closed.
As a board, we have had good interest, and we will now be going through the process of shortlisting the candidates and preparing for interviews.

Until next time!
Ngā mihi
Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

School Satisfaction Survey 2017

The Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone who completed the School Satisfaction survey last November.

We are pleased to see that a representative from a third of all families in the school responded, and this has given us great insight into how satisfied you are with Stanhope.  85% of you, the school whānau, are ‘Always’ or ‘Almost always’ satisfied with the quality of the school and would recommend it to friends and family. Most importantly, your children enjoy coming to school every day. Note that these results are very similar to those received in 2015 and 2013.

You gave us lots of open feedback that we are now working through, and this is being incorporated into our school charter for 2019. Together with student and teacher voice, we are looking forward to seeing what this looks like.

The timing of this survey, during the Yr8 camp and the National election, meant that it did not receive the best turnout. Our next Satisfaction survey, planned for Term 2 2019 will be in both digital and paper format - and we will try and do a better job of delivering this.

All of the results were very encouraging; however it is clear that a number of families do not have good awareness of some of the services offered by the school. We hope to improve the website and deliver better information about these.

Watch this space!
Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki

(P.S. Please note that this post is not about the Principal Appointment survey - the results of which are being collated and will come out shortly)

Principal retirement announcement

Kia ora koutou, greetings!

As the newsletter sent Friday, 22nd June stated, it is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees confirm the upcoming retirement of the Principal, Corinne Hansell, at the end of 2018. Her decision is entirely understandable, given her desire to return to her homeland Samoa and to spend more precious time with her grandson.

During her time with us, Corinne has been instrumental in refreshing the appearance of Stanhope Road School; in building our social curriculum; and in ushering in Innovative Learning through the Block 2 and Block 1 upgrades. Through her leadership of the Maungakiekie Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning), she has strengthened ties with the other primary schools and preschools in our community and also with One Tree Hill College.

Corinne cares a lot about other people, and we can celebrate with her the presence of over 60 different ethnicities at our school of over 500 students. We can also celebrate our diverse teaching staff who reflect on their teaching practice, and their sharing of mātauranga (knowledge) and building of leadership. Corinne has been a real hoa (friend), ākonga (learner), kaitiaki (guardian) in her time with us.

We are grateful to Corinne for her early announcement, because this gives the Board of Trustees ample time to appoint a new principal.

We plan to appoint our new principal by the end of Term 3, so that they are ready to begin in Term 1, 2019.

Until next time,
Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Update for Term 2 2017

Kia ora koutou,
Ngā mihi nui ki a tatou.

This update will summarise some specific pieces of activity that have been happening over the past couple of terms. We hope that you enjoy the read.

¤ As a Board of Trustees we are continuing to connect with the boards of the other schools in the MaCOL  (our Maungakiekie Community of Learning). The MaCOL achievement goals were signed off by the Ministry of Education late last year, and we were even fortunate enough to be held up as an example CoL by the MoE CEO
¤ We have partnered with SchoolDocs, and the school policies and procedures will shortly be accessible by the community from our school website. This will improve transparency and review of our policies
¤ Last week we held our inaugural school fono for our Pasifika fanau. Despite the low turnout, this was a great opportunity to gain feedback from and share with our families the learning process at the school
¤ The enquiry topics at school have generated some real passion and interest. It is important that we continue to have the high levels of engagement. Our activity fees have enabled our students to have some great learning experiences outside the classroom, and our parent helpers are of vital importance. Thank you.
¤ Finally, congratulations to all the school artists for their ARTerslie exhibition. What an outstanding experience for those attending!  Thank you Mr Meadows et al. for arranging the works.

Until next time,
Whakahoahoa, Ākonga, Kaitiaki

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Election success

Kia ora koutou,
Ngā mihi nui ki a tatou.

Elections are over, and I want to thank everyone for their involvement voting. We had double the number of voters this year, when compared to the last election three years ago.

Last Monday was our first Board of Trustees meeting as a reelected board, and we can see that the new team are going to work well together.
Our first action was to thank our outgoing board members, Elizabeth Mati and Brajesh Padalia, for their important contribution during their time on the board. Liz played a key role in organising the new school uniforms and in appointing our new principal, and her legacy is visible when the children arrive at school each day smartly dressed and ready to learn.

We had the pleasure of welcoming the newly elected Hainoame Fulivai to the existing board of David Grant, Jenny Joe, Dean Spittle and Paia Terepo; and David Grant was reelected chairperson before continuing the meeting.

We have a busy workload for the remainder of the term, but are very proud of what has been accomplished at the school over the last six months.

Until next time.
Whakahoahoa, Akonga, Kaitiaki