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!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Learning in action

This past term the students at Stanhope Road School have been studying financial capability and environmental sustainability as well as entrepreneurship for their enquiry topic: "Can we build it? Yes, we can"

I have been very fortunate to have been invited to attend and judge both the "Team One Entrepreneurship Expo" and the "Team Rua Shark Tank". The expo involved students showcasing their work on folio boards, and the Shark Tank involved an oral presentation to a panel. There were some truly great initiatives that I saw come out of these, and students confidently, and persuasively, presented their ideas to the judges.

To the students and teachers, keep up the good work. You showed us real evidence of learning and guardianship in action.

As a board, we will now incorporate the winning ideas into our property plan for next year. So, watch this space.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Welcome to two new trustees

Kia ora everyone,
This month sees us welcoming two new members to the Stanhope Road School Board of Trustees. At our latest board meeting we selected Paia Terepo to join us, in the role vacated by Linda Kimpton. We also voted to co-opt an additional trustee until the next school trustees' election, for the purpose of improving our understanding of the school's largest cultural group. Brajesh Padalia has been appointed to this role.

Congratulations, and we look forward to working with you both as we develop a focus on Hāutu - our cultural responsiveness as a board.

Here is the latest update of events at Stanhope Road School:
¤ there has been a good response to the new school uniform, with many parents pre-ordering uniforms for next term. There are also many other exciting changes on the way, so keep reading the school newsletters
¤ there has been an influx of new entrants over the past couple of weeks, and this has meant that another classroom will be opened for use. Welcome to Ms Kylah Drake, who has been employed on a fixed term contract for this purpose
¤ the board voted to slightly amend the monthly meeting time to 6:30pm - 9:00pm, freeing up valuable family time for our trustees
¤  the NZ School Trustees Association has their annual conference in Auckland again this year. It will run from the 3rd - 5th July.

Finally, a sad farewell and a huge thank you to Margita Kamsma, her many years teaching at the school have been much appreciated and her caring spirit will be missed. 

Until next time.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Stanhope community is highly engaged

We are super happy with the level of engagement of our parents. You guys are awesome! Both the 92% response rate to the Home School Conferences and the 75% response rate to our School Satisfaction survey are testament to this.

It is also great to see that over 90% of families would recommend the school to friends and neighbours. We are friendly, welcoming and there is good learning going on at school.

Here is the latest update of events at Stanhope Road School:
¤ the Board of Trustees are in the process of selecting a new trustee, and perhaps co-opting another. We have had good interest shown by potential candidates
¤ the Mt Wellington school cluster that Stanhope is part of was deemed by the Ministry of Education to be a high-performing cluster, so we have received funding as a Community Of Schools under the new IES scheme. This is huge recognition of our collaborative, sharing approach with our other local primary schools and One Tree Hill College
¤ the new school uniform has almost been finalised. An even split in the voting means that both the black and red polo shirt options will be offered
¤ our  e-learning audit was completed and presented to the board at the last meeting. A planning team is now developing a future strategy based on the recommendations
¤ the school now has a new caretaker/handyman to help Mrs Cater with the enormous task of looking after the grounds. Hopefully you are noticing the change

Finally, a huge thank you to Caroline Evile who has recently stepped down from leading our Parent Support Group after many years. Caroline,  your contribution has been much appreciated.

Until next time.
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

On your marks... get set...

Isn't the year flying by?

We are already almost through the first term and it has been some time since giving an update. The Board of Trustees have had two productive meetings so far, and what follows is a summary of events to date:
¤ our Charter for 2015 has been developed and submitted to the Ministry of Education. We were given a clear and comprehensive preview by Ms Hansell at Whanau night. Copies of the Charter can be found in the office and on the website
¤ we have a vacancy on the board, after one of our team resigned, and we have opted to select a new member. If you would prefer an election then please email chairperson@stanhope.school.nz before 13th April  (if at least ten percent of eligible school community voters request an election, then we will hold an election. Note that an election is where the school community vote for nominated candidates; on the other hand, selection is an internal process where a nominee is chosen by the board)
¤ the new school uniform is progressing nicely, and we are almost ready to present a couple of options for voting on. We will keep you posted
¤ our school is undergoing an e-learning audit, and this will help us to develop our technology strategy for the future. 

Finally, we would like to thank Linda for her important contribution to the Board of Trustees over the last year and a half. Her expertise, attention to detail and humour will be missed.

Until next time, 
Let's talk!