Learning • Fun • Friendship
Notices for Week Commencing 8th April
Despite the various disruptions caused by building work there has been a lot of exciting learning occurring across the whole school. One of our initiatives this year is to do more cooking with our students as part of their school day. The middle syndicate are maximising the abundant veggies and kitchen space to create a variety of interesting dishes which the class then eat as a shared lunch. This is a programme called Garden to Table and is similar to what our Wednesday lunchtime group do which is run by one of our grandparents; it is very popular amongst our keen students. If you would like to be involved with this initiative, we need help each Thursday and every other Wednesday.
Our senior students (and teachers) have done us extremely proud by dealing with the disruption without fuss. They have put up with cramped conditions and learning in different areas on a daily basis including the corridors and footpaths! Next term we have created a large open space within the hall to allow them more flexibility and comfort. We know that the weather will be a factor as well, so learning outside will be more uncomfortable.
Similarly the new entrant classes are beginning to expand to the point that next term we will re-organise by opening a new classroom in Room 9. The current class in there will move to Room 4 which will be ready by the start of term.
Farewells: This week we held our final assembly under our new covered space outside. This included a farewell for two of our staff. Mr. Allen, our Property Manager is moving on to different things including preparing for a 3 month sailing trip and Miss. Neeve leaves us to move across to the United Kingdom where her partner takes up a support role with one of the professional rugby teams there.
Board of Trustees
We will be having school trustee elections in June. Have you considered standing? KPS have been served by many fine trustees-are you the next one?
· Are active leaders in our schools; We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students
· Have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.
Both parents, and people from throughout the wider community can be school trustees. It is important that boards represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children. The trustee elections give parents of children at state and state-integrated schools the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for all students at their schools. It is an important responsibility, and all eligible parents should use their vote in an informed way .
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As part of our annual review process we have been looking at a way of streamlining our school values. Part of the reasoning is that we have nine values and our students struggle to remember them. We are trialling the following:
S Service (new overarching value)
The other values are incorporated within these three key values.
We will work with our students to align all of the existing values under those three and also discuss with them what the construct of Service actually means as well as what it looks like.
Important information about out of zone enrolments: As a result of the continuing high number of in zone enrolments, we cannot accept any new out of zone applications that do not meet the priorities listed below. The main reason for this is that in terms of teaching space our school is beyond capacity. Whilst the Ministry of Education are working with us on a long term solution, the reality is that significant construction is required to remedy the problem. The planning for this has not yet begun so we are probably at least two years away from returning to a sense of normality.
We apologize for not being able to accommodate your child at our school, however all of the schools in our area serve their students extremely well.
Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
First Priority This priority is not applicable as the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary for Education
Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students
Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students
Fourth Priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
Fifth Priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees
Sixth Priority will be given to all other applicants
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with the instructions by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
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