We have a group of people working in the school who are our unsung heroes, our teacher aides. This morning I had cause to deal with an issue, not of the teacher aide’s making, but she was affected. In dealing with this, I realised just what our teacher aides sometimes have to put up with in order to help children.
Then later in the morning I sat with a teacher aide working closely one to one with a student who is part of the EIP (Early Intervention Programme) partly funded through the RTLB service. Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are funded to work together with teachers and schools to support the achievement of students in Years 1-10 with learning and/or behaviour difficulties. I was in awe of her skill and patience.
Both teacher aides were so professional, so calm, so focussed on a great outcome for the student in their care, they were just on different pathways this morning!
We have eleven teacher aides working in the school. They are assigned to individual children and they work closely with their child under the guidance of the teacher. I know that teachers are so appreciative of the teacher aides who may be working in their room. Even though they are usually assigned to one child, such is the calibre of our teacher aides, that they will gather a small group of students who need some support and work with them, alongside their assigned child.
Some of our teacher aides have their morning tea and lunch breaks at different times because they are assigned to shadow their child during playtime and lunchtime. They are out there, on the playground, in the forest, on the field, on the courts, being there in case there is a problem.
There is one word that teacher aides are not allowed to say at VAS. That word is ‘just’ as in ‘I am just a teacher aide.’ They fill such a vital role in our school but they fly under the radar. It is high time we celebrated them in our school. They really are super heroes!
Board of Trustees
Thanks to those of you who voted for board members. There wasn’t a large turnout of voters, perhaps it will be easier for people to vote when people can do it on line. That aside, I am very excited with the new board; a great mix of experienced and new. The next board meeting is on 1 July at 6.30pm.
Congratulations to Martin Cooper, John Thorman, Bridget Snelling, Tim Larkin, Craig Cunningham and Ilona Lumborg, staff representative.
The admin upgrade is now due to start in October and continue through term 4 with completion date in January. I am pushing the Ministry, who are driving the project, to ensure we don’t continue to have creeping delays.
We currently have our 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) in with the Ministry waiting for approval. We are very excited to finally be getting funding because our last pot of funding was taken off us by the Ministry to fix the subsidence issues affecting rooms 15 – 21, which put all the projects listed below on hold.
The new plan starts in July and some of the projects planned for 2019 / 2020 are: upgrade of rooms 19, 20, 21 to become modern spaces (relax – not open plan!) with new sliding doors, new wall coverings, improved acoustics and lighting. Also planned is a long overdue refurbishment of the toilets, fire and security upgrade and drainage issues sorted.