Introduction

The Board held its seventh and final meeting of the year on 8 December 2020.

Student achievement

As always, the main focus of 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 by Jane Cameron and Anne Bridgman 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 2020, despite being in lockdown and having to study from home for part of the year, 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 91.4% in Reading (down 0.4% compared to 2019), 92.6% in Writing (up 0.4% on 2019) and 91.0% in Mathematics (up 2% on 2019).

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

2020 financials and 2021 budget

We discussed the projected year-end position for the school’s financial performance in 2020 and reviewed the draft budget for 2021.

These items will be confirmed and approved at the first meeting in 2021.

Friends of VAS

Special thanks to the 2020 Friends 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 Quiz Night, Ice block sales, Disco, Family Fun Night and a Cookbook.

Best wishes

We thank and wish Carolyn Crook all the best for the future after her twelve years of service to the school.

This is our last BOT newsletter for 2020.  It’s been an extremely challenging, but successful year, at Victoria Avenue School with COVID and lockdowns but we are 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 2021.

Board Contact Details

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