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

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Bigger, faster, stronger

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.
Welcome to 2016 everyone. We're on our way!
As you will have seen, there are some property changes happening at school. The new colour scheme is looking very fresh and sophisticated and the building work is well underway.

Last night, the Board of Trustees had our first meeting of the year; and what a productive meeting it was! Off the back of our strategic planning day at the end of 2015, we were able to finalise our School Charter goals for the year, to ratify the budget, and to sign off our achievement reporting to the Ministry of Education. These were just three key items from a very full agenda.

The year 2016 is shaping up to be a big year. Not only are there the Boards of Trustees elections being held nationwide in May, but later in the year Stanhope will receive a much anticipated visit from the Education Review Office (ERO).

Bring it on!

Note that we will provide further information about the upcoming elections, and also remember that you are most welcome to come and meet the Trustees before our board meetings or sit through some of a board meeting.

Let's talk

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Developing our strategy for enhancing Māori success

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou,
Greetings to all. I hope that this blog post finds you well. As mentioned in our last entry, the Stanhope Board of Trustees has been looking into our cultural responsiveness to our Maori community as a school. As a result of the Hautū document we've been given, we believe that we are in the early development stage of this capability, and our first decision was to hold a Māori whanau hui to find out what our families think of us.

I'm pleased to say that we held a hui last week, and were blessed to have Matua Blackie and other representatives from Ruapotaka marae present.

We have planned for this to be the first hui of many, and hopefully we will be able to hold one per term.

Our Kapa Haka is growing in strength again, and we are excited about the building of our Māori curriculum in 2016.

See you at Whanau Fun Night!