Message from the Board Chair

Dear parents and community,

I hope that the year has started well for you and your family.  It has been great to see the children return to school full of excitement about what the year ahead brings.  Thanks to our staff for all of the planning that has gone into the teaching and learning programmes to ensure they are interesting, fun and challenging for the children.

It is timely to give you an update on our governance structure for 2020.  At a board level we have been working through some relatively complex matters over the past year.  We are very keen to fully resolve these so that they are addressed well for all concerned and so that there is no impact on our students and school.

For this reason we have asked the Ministry of Education for specific expertise to assist the Board.  It has been agreed that the best course of action is to have a Limited Statutory Manager (LSM) appointed to our school to take full responsibility for the school’s employment. The Board will continue to hold all other governance responsibilities and receive support from the LSM to strengthen our governance processes. 

We understand that LSMs are frequently appointed where schools need additional expertise and that their appointments are very beneficial for the schools they work in. 

We consider this will be in the best interests of our school as it will ensure we have specialist support that will free up our Board to focus on curriculum delivery, learning and wellbeing.

We are grateful to the Ministry for their support in appointing Jill Corkin, founding Principal of Snells Beach Primary School to this role.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming Jill to our school and introducing her to our community. 

It is important to confirm that nothing will change for our children as this is an appointment at a governance level only.  Ingrid Stewart will continue leading the day-to-day operations of the school as Principal.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you as you meet with the teaching team for conversations around how we can support your children’s wellbeing at school. This is part of our reporting to parents cycle, and is one of many exciting outcomes born from the community charter consultation earlier this month. 

We are grateful for your input and voice during the charter consultation, as this helps develop the school curriculum in acknowledgment of our special setting and community. We look forward to sharing our other exciting curriculum delivery plans that have come out of that evening over the course of the year.

We have a busy term ahead with great interschool sports as a feature, along with student inquiry guided by the question “Who am I as  Learner at Pakiri School?” Seesaw Learner Profiles go live in Week 6 and we look forward to sharing our Student Treaty with you as this is rolled out.

Ngā Mihi
Jacqui Settle
Pakiri School Board Chair