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You've probably noticed that our website is feeling a little out-of-date, so we will be refreshing this in the near future.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 (email@example.com) 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