Sunday, 17 August 2014

Important Announcement

It is with both incredible pride, and regret, that we are announcing Laurayne Tafa will be standing down as principal of Stanhope Road School at the end of this term.

Laurayne feels that this is the right time, and has made the decision to dedicate more of her time to the ground-breaking relationship based learning programme based on Russell Bishops’ research she has been helping to develop in her time here. Her new position with Cognition Education Limited will improve the educational future and achievement of various people and in particular indigenous people groups worldwide.

Laurayne has proven herself to be a highly capable leader. The Board of Trustees are very happy with the progress made in, and by, the school over the past two years.

Her many achievements in her time with us include:
¤ key interventions for achievement and accelerated progress - and the monitoring of this
¤ school and community partnerships
¤ authentic involvement of families in their children's learning
¤ and, robust financial and resource management

As a board, we have enjoyed working alongside Laurayne in establishing a new strategic direction and vision for the school. It is a vision that reflects the dynamic within this school: a vision that the entire school community has contributed towards.

Laurayne invested so much during this time, and the school is now well set up to continue this progress and to thrive. SRS now has effective systems and structures in place to function well,  and achieve high outcomes for students and families.

The principal appointment process will begin soon with an advertisement. Our intention is to appoint an interim principal for Term 4. We aim to make a permanent appointment for the start of 2015.

The Board of Trustees are experienced in this process. We are going to make this process as transparent as possible, and will keep the community informed throughout this journey. To this end, we will hold a Parent Forum before our next board meeting, to address any questions about the process. It will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, 8th September in the Whanau Room.

We would like to thank you all for your support during this period of change. Please note that there will be an opportunity for the community to farewell Laurayne. Details of the event will be shared once the date is confirmed.

Yours sincerely,
Stanhope Road School Board of Trustees