Learning • Fun • Friendship
From the Principal
As this is the final newsletter of the year I feel it is worthwhile to look back on what was a busy year.
There were several significant projects and celebrations this year. We began in a state of disruption as work began on the refurbishment of the first three classrooms in Block One. This meant that our Senior Syndicate were operating out of two teaching spaces as well as any spare spots the students could find around the school. Fortunately the weather held out and they coped extremely well, which was a credit to the resilience of teachers and students. We also needed to move two of our Middle Syndicate classes to the junior area temporarily and likewise they made the most of their time in temporary accommodation but were very pleased to be reunited with the remainder of the team.
2019 was a significant ‘birthday’ for our school and we celebrated the golden jubilee in October as a school community. This was the central event for the school’s 50th year. The hall and library were set up with displays and memorabilia and we estimated that up to 400 people attended the afternoon. Live music was provided by our own band as well as former students, some memories were shared by current year 5 students and the afternoon was capped off with light refreshments.
Friends of Kauri Park School have been highly active this year and continue to plan and deliver high quality events which raise funds for projects around the school. Thank you to all of those who brought in home baking and manned stalls at our final FOKPS event this year-the School Disco. We had the perfect weather and probably the largest crowd ever! Well done to the organizing group who made everything happen.
Thank you for your support this year and I wish you a Merry Christmas and great new year. See you in 2020.
2020 Term Dates:
Term 1: 3rd Feb –9th Apr
Term 2: 28th Apr –3rd July
Term 3: 20th Jul—25th Sept
Term 4: 12th Oct-15th Dec
Meet the teacher evening is on 30th January
School Office reopens between 28th January and Friday 31st; hours are 10am till 2pm.
Swimming Pool Keys:
This year we will be sending you a link so that you can order a key for the next swimming pool season and sign the agreement electronically (see last page for those). You can also pay online or cash and EFTPOS at the office. This will allow us to collect contact information in one go as we regularly need to contact you over the school holiday period.
If for any reason you do not have access to a computer you may still provide details to the school office. We do not anticipate running out of keys but the sooner that you order, the sooner we can start issuing them.
Use the following link which is also on our website under the ‘about us/other’ tab.
Class Placements 2020:
A major aspect to this time of year is formation of classes for 2020. This task is delegated to the teaching staff. When making these decisions they take into consideration many different things including friendships, personality, abilities, strengths, needs and teachers. They place students with as much care as practically possible and maintain the students’ best interests as their priority within the contextual parameters of the school organisation. This is an incredibly complex activity that takes several weeks each year. We sincerely hope that you trust us to make the best placement and that we cannot take individual requests for teachers.
Very Important Notices From the BOT
Teacher Only Days
At the conclusion of the recent employment negotiations, primary teachers who are covered under the Collective Agreement are entitled to eight additional teacher only days. These must be used during the period of the agreement which has two and half years remaining. This affects our school as the majority of teachers are NZEI members.
The Board discussed the best way to manage these days at this week’s board meeting and have determined that the final day of Term 4 will be a teacher only day. This means that students will now finish on Thursday 19th
Additionally, this will affect our start back date as we will schedule a teacher only day on Friday 7th February. The board feels that this will cause minimal disruption.
The first day for students to return to school will be Monday 3rd February.
Following the budget of 2019, Boards of decile 1—7 schools have been provided the option of accepting a per student amount of funding instead of requesting voluntary donations from its community. There are some exceptions—the most notable being school camps and small costs associated with some of our sports or choir outings.
Because our school is a decile 7 the board has reviewed the financial implications of opting into this scheme. The school’s current financial position indicates that our school would benefit positively if we opt in and remove voluntary donations from 2020.
Schools that opt in to the scheme will receive their donations payment as part of their January 2020 operational funding instalment. The donations payment will be calculated based on the July 2019 roll.
Please follow the link below which explains the scheme in more detail:
At this time of the year the board begin the planning process for the next year. The current Annual Plan, Charter and Vision map are being displayed in the Library and we welcome your input into our 2020 plan.
The Vision Map is mainly focussed on our physical environment including learning and play spaces, both internally and externally. Many of the notable improvements that you see around the school have come from ideas generated through this process.
Broadly speaking the three goals within our Charter provide the framework for us to plan ahead; these are:
Goal 1: Enabling each student to achieve their full potential by providing learning programmes that allow for the development of the whole child (teaching & learning)
Goal 2: Providing a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment (physical, social & emotional development)
Goal 3: Developing meaningful and effective relationships with our community (developing a unique School Culture)
An online survey will also come out soon and we encourage you to participate.
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.
Make payments to:
KPS Board of Trustees
Please include purpose of payment and student name for any online transaction.