Board Newsletter October 2020

Tena koutou katoa
2020 has undoubtedly been a strange and challenging year as we have learned to operate within COVID-19 restrictions, and moved in and out of lockdowns and the various alert levels. Despite these challenges, we have tried to keep things as normal as possible for our staff, students & families, and the Board’s focus has been on supporting Nick and his team in this regard.

Board of Trustees
The School is due to hold mid-term elections for the Board of Trustees in December 2020 and you have, by now, received nomination forms via email. We will have three positions for parent representatives to stand in this election. The school trustee elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for our children’s education.
We encourage you to consider standing for these positions. We have had a strong effective Board in recent years with a range of diverse skills and experience, and would welcome new members to build on our existing expertise for the benefit of our students. For further information, visit: https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/becoming-a-trustee/
The New Zealand School Trustees Association is running two community sessions for those wishing to know more about becoming a trustee –
Napier, Monday, 19 October at 7 pm
Havelock North, 20 October at 5.30 pm
To register for Napier, click here
To register for Havelock North, click here

Dates for the stages of the election process are set out below:

Board meetings are open to the public, and we encourage anyone to attend these meetings, particularly those who are interested in standing for the Board to find out more about how we operate. Dates and times for meetings are available on the School website here.
If you’re unable to attend but would like to find out more then please speak to Nick or email board@hnps.school.nz and someone will contact you.
Property Update
A major focus of the Board over the last 12-18 months has been several significant property improvements around the School. It is wonderful to now have the use of the hall, and we celebrated its completion in late June with performances from the Kapa Haka and the Choir, together with a blessing conducted by Togi Waitoa. We have also completed new, separate toilet facilities for seniors and juniors, and the uniform shop has now moved back to its normal spot beside the hall. Our focus over the coming months is upgrades to the administration block, and rooms 11 – 13. We hope to commence these new works in early 2021.
Solar panels
Thank you to those families and local businesses who have contributed to our solar panel project – all panels have now been funded. To date, the use of the solar panels has amounted to a 33% reduction in our power consumption. Fantastic financial and environmental implications.
We are now working towards stage 2, and will have further information on this in due course.
As part of the Annual Strategic planning the Board and teaching staff will be working on how best to incorporate the solar technology in to educational activities.
After all the disruption that 2020 has offered, let’s hope for a wonderful remainder of the year and we look forward to seeing you all at the Final Assembly scheduled for Thursday 10th December.

HNPS Board of Trustees