You may now be aware that over the course of the weekend three of our elected parent representatives on the Board of Trustees resigned their positions. This includes the chairperson.
This morning the Principal met with the Ministry of Education and New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) to work through the support that the school requires to address the governance gap these resignations create. This support is likely to be in the form of a Commissioner and at this point we anticipate it will be in place before the end of the week.
We want to take the opportunity to assure you that the school remains in a strong position to continue to provide the excellent education opportunities it is known for, and that students and their achievement remain our priority.
It is important we acknowledge the hard work and leadership the Board members have provided and thank them for their commitment to Matipo Road School through the change process we have been working through. The role of BOT is challenging and requires a huge investment of time and energy. Matipo Road School and our students, staff and community have benefited greatly from this investment and we wish the Board members the best for the future.
We know that you will have questions, and we will work with the Commissioner once they are in place to provide you with further information. We will keep you advised of our work with the Ministry of Education and NZSTA. Alternatively you can contact Paul Wright through the school office or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the meantime, our staff will be doing everything needed to ensure that these governance matters have no impact on our children and the exciting things planned for this last week of term, and that the school environment remains positive and settled for them.
Last week our teachers Lise Ioane, Mitchell Osborn and Sarah-lee Oto presented at a Play.Sport event. They explained our House Competition that has been running at morning teas and lunchtimes this term. The programme has given our students opportunities to take on leadership roles, get involved in a range of great activities and have encouraged participation and sportsmanship.
We are so pleased to have been able to take the whole school on a trip to the Waitakere Gymnastics club over the last couple of weeks. The children loved exploring the club, pushing their own limits and trying something new. A number of our teachers mentioned how the children grew in confidence as they conquered a fear or succeeded at a new challenge. Ka pai Matipo kids!
The school received notice on Sunday night from Tony Nemaia that he will be resigning from Matipo School from the end of 2018. We would like to thank Tony for his years of service to Matipo and wish him all the best for the future.