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50th Jubilee registration of interest; follow link at top of the page.
By now you will be aware of the incredibly tragic news of Mr. Marc Dombroski’s passing. I feel fortunate that I was able to get to know Marc over several years. I found him to be one of the gentlest and most positive human beings I had the privilege of knowing. His smile was infectious and he brought another positive level of humour to our staffroom.
Whilst Marc was only employed one day a week to cover some teacher release, he made an instant impact with your children. The classes who were fortunate to have Mr. Dombroski really enjoyed his gentle and humorous character, benefiting from his passion for music. I am also very pleased to tell you that he was genuinely delighted to be part of the Kauri Park team and found teaching our students a real pleasure; he was very complimentary of their attitude and enthusiasm for learning.
This will be a difficult week for staff and students as we begin another term, prepare for the jubilee day on Saturday whilst grappling with the grief that is still raw amongst many of us. To help our students and staff through this difficult period we will spend time talking through this loss as a staff, as a community and with our students. It will be natural for our children to have questions and we hope that this process will allow them to cope with the sadness that comes with these times. Please be assured that we will do this in the most compassionate and empathetic way.
Additionally, we plan to continue to fly the school flags at half-mast this week as a mark or respect to Marc. You may also want to lay some flowers or cards at the base and we will give our students the opportunity to do this during the week.
This Saturday we celebrate the school's 50th Anniversary. The day begins at 3pm with a welcome on the top court. Parking will be available
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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