Welcome back to all returning families, and a warm welcome to all new families in 2019. The Board held its first meeting of the year on March 4th.
As is customary at the first meeting of the year, the Board held an election for the office holder positions with the following outcomes;
- John Thorman was unanimously elected as Board Chair
- Bob Weston was unanimously elected as Finance Spokesperson
Board of Trustee elections
The three-yearly elections for our Board of Trustees will take place on June 7th. This will be by postal ballot and there will be more communication around the election process closer to the time. We encourage any parents or caregivers who are interested in joining the board to do a bit of research. There is a good online resource at https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/, and you will also see below a summary outlining the functions of the board, together with the role of the Principal and school management team and the Parent Teacher Subcommittee.
We’d also encourage any interested people to get in touch with an existing trustee to discuss this further (our contact details are on the school website), or indeed to come along to our next scheduled meeting, which will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday April 2nd in the staff room.
Parent information night – Property plans
We spent a lot of time in 2018 on a design thinking exercise to provide the basis for future property plans, and we now have a property subcommittee which is starting to draw up a new property master plan. We’d really like to get the input from our parent community into this process and we intend to hold an information night within the next couple of months.
We’ll confirm details once we’ve set a date for this and hope to see a good turnout.
Tomorrow’s Schools review
As you may have heard in the media, the Ministry of Education has commissioned a review of the school system. The report was released in early December and the consultation period is now open. This is a substantial review which has some very significant recommendations. It is the board’s view that many of these recommendations – if adopted by the Ministry – will have an adverse impact on our school.
We are compiling some more summary information to send out to you all, but in the meantime we encourage you to do some reading and consider making a submission. The full contents of the report and various summaries can be found at https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/. The closing date for submissions is March 31st.
Board Contact Details
You can find the email contact details for Board of Trustee members at the following link; http://victoriaave.com/bot