We are aware that this is an unsettling time for everyone as New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. We want to thank you for your ongoing support of our school community as we collectively navigate these events.
The Board and our Principal Cameron Lockie receive daily updates from the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand School Trustees Association. We are closely following recommendations via these official channels and Cameron is working closely with his leadership team to ensure a proactive and responsive approach to the changing situation.
We wish to reiterate everything that our Principal Cameron Lockie has implemented into our school. The school will:
Continue to follow official Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health advice
Engage in continuous risk assessment for all school activities and events
Keep the school community updated via the website, school app and emails
Promptly advise of any changes to advice from the Ministry of Education
Remind staff and children regarding hand washing and hygiene practices
Respond to any issues with soap in bathrooms as soon as they become known
The official advice continues to be:
Stay home if you are not well
Wash hands thoroughly
Cover your mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing (using your elbow or tissue that you dispose of)
No hugs, hongi or handshakes
Avoid touching your face
Please help us in following and reminding your children of these guidelines. There are some excellent resources which Cameron has already referred to developed by Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl).
Keeping informed and up to date – please see the below websites for up to date information:
At our first meeting in February the Board of Trustees delegated to our Principal Cameron Lockie the following:
The day-to-day curriculum and resource management of the school.
The achievement of the Government’s key achievement areas and requirements as specified in official educational policy documents.
The implementation of any other requirements specified by Act of Parliament, the Secretary of Education, any other permanent head of a Government department, including for individual and collective employment contracts.
Approval of any orders for goods and services provided such an order will not exceed the Board approved budget allocation for the expenditure item involved.
Communication with parents, officials, representatives of educational organisations and other firms and organisations with whom the Principal deals with as part of their curriculum and resource management responsibilities.
Delegation in writing to specified staff positions of responsibilities.
Development of procedures within the School Policy framework.
Board of Trustees for 2020
Board Chair – Alison Gilchrist
Deputy Chairperson – Steven McCleery
Finance – Hayley Thow
Personnel – Chairperson
Communication, Minutes Secretary – Nicola Kayes
Property, Health and Safety subcommittee – Megan Catterall, Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
Staff Trustee – Mark Ralston
Principal – Cameron Lockie
It is at times like these when communities need to pull together. We are fortunate to have a school community that are known for pulling together and sharing kindness at times like these and we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. We would also like to acknowledge our staff for everything they do, and are doing, for our school and our young people in these extraordinary times.