Introduction

The Board held its seventh and final meeting of the year on 9 December 2019.

Student achievement

As always, the main focus at our last Board meeting of the year is on the year-end Student Achievement data.  This is the final outcome of the full-year effort put in by our teachers and school leaders, to regularly track the progress of each and every student within the school.

There may be a misconception that these assessments are used in particular to allow more focus to be made on those students who are under-achieving.  The truth is that every student is individually monitored, and our teachers have plans in place to help every student meet – or exceed – their potential.

The achievement data is presented to the Board in a large booklet, with comprehensive reporting across each year group and subject area.  Results are also typically broken down into gender, and there is also separate reporting on Maori and Pasifika students.

The main benchmark against which our students’ performance can be measured is the curriculum level expectations.  Students are assessed against the expected level of achievement based on their year level at school in each of the three key curriculum areas of reading, writing and maths.

In 2019, our students achieved superbly against these benchmarks.  The proportion of our students who were assessed either “at expectation”, “above expectation” or “well above expectation” was 91.8% in Reading, 92.2% in Writing and 89.0% in Mathematics.

So in conclusion, congratulations to all our wonderful teachers for their hard work, and our wonderful students for producing these great results.

Health & Safety

The Health & Safety of our children, the teachers and staff at VAS is always a key focus and agenda item for the Board.  We are pleased to report that we had no playground serious incidents and only two issues away from the playgrounds in 2019.  This compared to a total of six in 2018.

The Board approved the purchase of heat pumps for all classrooms.

School Charter and Annual plan

The Principal presented the draft charter and annual plan for 2020 for discussion.  These documents provide the strategic direction which underpins all of the school’s activities in the coming year, and specifically set quantitative goals for key outcomes.  The board will finalise and ratify these documents at its first meeting of the new year.

2019 financials and 2020 budget

We also discussed the projected year-end position for the school’s financial performance in 2019, and reviewed the draft budget for 2020.

Again, these items will be confirmed and approved at the first meeting in 2020.

PTS – Friends of VAS

From 2020 the PTS will be rebranded and known as “Friends of VAS” and will be led by Sarah Reid – thank you Sarah for taking this role.

Special thanks to the 2019 PTS committee members, the organisers and to the many people who help with the various events organised this year.  These events included the successful and fun Easter Fair, the Quiz Night, Bake Sales, Ice Block Sales, Discos and the Forest Project.

Best wishes

This is our last BOT newsletter for 2019.  It’s been another really exciting and successful year at Victoria Avenue School, and we’re really grateful for all the hard work contributed by our students, our excellent team of teachers, support staff and leaders, and by so many of our parent community.

All the very best for a restful and happy Christmas season, and we look forward to welcoming most of you back in 2020.

Board Contact Details

You can find the email contact details for Board of Trustee members at the following link; http://victoriaave.com/bot