Board Newsletter – Term 3 – 2017

Dear Parents and Friends of the Havelock North Primary,

As we head into Spring it reminds us just how fast this year is passing.  It has been a busy year on many fronts for HNPS.  On the property front, a number of projects are in progress or completed, with others about to begin.  Both in school, and outside the classrooms, the children are working hard and continue to impress with their performances. The staff are also working hard for our children and the Board are grateful to govern in such a positive environment.

Property

 As you are aware the first 2 of our 4 new classrooms have arrived on site.  These are progressing well and we expect the Year 6 classrooms currently in the hall to be in these classrooms at the beginning of Term 4.  This will finally enable the hall to be returned for assemblies and other activities.  Everyone’s patience throughout the year has been appreciated.  The other classrooms should also be available early in Term 4, with Karen Duligall and Toni Te Whaiti’s joint class moving into this space as soon as they are available.

The new classrooms have encroached on the senior playground.  We are working with the Ministry of Education to secure funding to ensure the playground is reinstated to its original standard.

The School has initiated a ‘Hall Project.’  There are 2 components to this: a shaded area over the amphitheatre and an upgrade of the existing hall to make better use of the space and make it more multi-functional.  The shading over the amphitheatre will have a number of benefits: provide the opportunity to make the most of the Hawke’s Bay weather by enabling more assemblies to be held outside, provide protection for the children against the sun during lunch time, and serve as a great covered breakout space for classes to use.  We expect to make the plans available by the end of the year, with a view to having the work carried out over the holiday period.

New heat pumps in all the classrooms have been installed and a number of classrooms will be receiving new carpet over the term 3 holidays.

School Roll

 Looking at our New Entrant enrolments for 2018, the Board have made the decision to offer a ballot for up to 30 out-of-zone students. Many of these out of zone students will include siblings of current students. The number of places allocated offered to the ballot will be based on the projected numbers for 2018. Our aim is to keep the numbers to around 80 per year group.  This will see the library returned to its intended location – currently used for new entrants classrooms.  There is a possibility that one section of this area may be allocated to a science and technology area in the future.

Success

 Well done to all of the students, parents and teachers involved in the Rex Graham Cup this year. Although the Cup remains with Te Mata we have seen huge improvements in rugby, soccer and netball.  Congratulations to the hockey team who secured HNPS only win.  With the improvements we have made, next year we feel confident the Cup will be returned to its rightful location.  As a build up to this fixture, we had inter school competitions with both Greenmeadows and Parkvale Schools.  These fixtures were well received and we expect to make them long term fixtures in the sporting calendar.

Congratulations to the 15 students led by Jenny Cameron and Brandi Dixon who competed in the Tournament of Minds.  This group of Year 5 & 6 students won the central regional competition, held recently in Palmerston North.  They now head to Wellington for the Nationals where they will compete against students up to and including Year 8.  All the best – we are sure you will do yourselves and the school proud.

Technology

 In addition to purchasing 10 programmable robots (called B-bots) the Board has committed to buying 48 new iPads. This provides a ratio of 1:10 for NE and Yr 1’s, 1:8 for Yr 2’s, and 1:4 in the remaining years where Chromebooks are more prevalent.  The Board are confident the iPads complement and add to the learning environment of the junior school, and we are grateful for the work of Karen Duligall who heads the IT team.

2017 Mid Year National Standards

 Senior Management presented the mid-year student achievement data for reading, writing and mathematics at the July Board meeting.  The students are tracking as expected.  The key point to make is that the school places a lot of emphasis on these disciplines.  In each year level these results are analysed in depth by gender and ethnicity.  This information forms the basis of specific teaching plans that target each child through until the end of the year.  Further, the school has invested heavily in the teacher’s professional development, and resourcing of books and programmes to raise the level of achievement

Fundraisers

 A huge thank you to the Home and School for their Big Night Out fundraiser. They raised a total of $15k. Thank you all for your generosity with donations for auction items as well as your generosity in buying auction items.  Mr Reed is still to do his day of baby-sitting, but he is certainly looking forward to it!

Term 4 sees two big fundraising events take place:

1)     Blast in the Park:  Our community fireworks event takes place on Friday 3rd November with all profits from this event directly benefiting HNPS.  It is a fantastic night out for the family and gets better each year.

2)    The Peak Trail Blazer rounds out our major fundraising and community events this year on the Sunday 19th November. This event starts and finishes at the school and caters for all ages and levels of fitness.

The organisers put an amazing amount of time and energy into these events and they cannot take place without the whole school community behind them.  Notices asking people to offer assistance will be posted in the Tuesday Times.  Please put your hand up and offer to help – as they say, many hands make light work.

Board of Trustees Election in November 2017

 Would you like to be involved in setting the strategic direction of the school?  Are you passionate about our children developing to their full potential?

Mid-term elections take place in late November.  If you would like to put your name forward there are 3  parent representative positions up for election.  You can contact our Board Chair, Phil Chandler, (board@hnps.school.nz) if you would like more information.

As always your feedback is welcome.  Please direct it to the email address above.

Enjoy the remainder of the term.

Regards,

HNPS BOT 2017