Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 2

3 July, 2017

A time of change

Dear Matipo community,

Welcome to the first newsletter from our reinvigorated Board of Trustees. We aim to update you on Board activities with regular newsletters and we welcome your feedback.

The Board usually meets on the third Monday of every month in the school staffroom, starting at 7.30 pm and the community are welcome to attend. Should you wish to address a matter to the Board at a meeting, please contact us before attending to check the protocol. Dates for the meetings will be mentioned in the weekly school newsletter, and the next meeting will be held on 24 July due to the school holidays. Copies of past Board meeting minutes are currently available in the office foyer.

The Board of Trustees provides direction for the school in its governance role and community consultation is an important part of this process. A by-election for new parent representatives was held in May and three new trustees were elected. Nathan Rarere, Vanessa Preston and Rebecca Lamb have joined Vanna Blucher (Chair), David Windler (Treasurer), Natalie Kennerley (Staff Rep), Wayne Bainbridge (Principal) and Faga Siaki (Parent Rep) in making up our full Board . Thank you to all candidates and voters, we value your involvement and interest in the governance of our school.

Following the change in composition of our Board we are holding a Meet the Board evening for parents and whanau in the first week of Term 3. More information will be provided closer to the date.

SAVE THE DATE: Meet the Board Evening, Wednesday 26 July, 7.30pm

As you may be aware, the Board has recently been investigating several confidential complaints. We take complaints very seriously, and have been working with external advisors and the New Zealand School Trustees Association to resolve these and ensure that processes are followed properly. The School Complaints Policy outlines that parents should contact the teachers concerned in the first instance, then the Syndicate Leader if not resolved, then the Deputy Principal, then finally the Principal. The Board can only consider complaints against the Board or Principal, or complaints that have not been resolved by following the complaints process.

Our long-standing Principal, Wayne Bainbridge is retiring at the end of Term 3. Wayne has held the reins at Matipo Primary for 28 years and led the school and students to much success over this time. He will be greatly missed. The Board is currently recruiting for a new Principal under the guidance of a respected education consultant, and we have had a high number of quality applicants. The level of interest in this position attests to the reputation and strength of our school and current Principal. We look forward to sharing more information with you about the new Principal appointment very soon.

Finally, a big thank you to our dedicated staff at Matipo, who pour their hearts and souls into teaching and caring for our children every day. Thank you also to the many parents and whanau who volunteer or assist our school in different ways. You are greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all happy and safe school holidays.

Nga mihi nui,

Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees


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