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16 June 2022

TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA

 
It is hard to believe that we are over halfway through Term 2. 

Our ākonga have enjoyed some of the “normalities” of intermediate school life with the recent pōwhiri and assembly while winter sports are underway and it's great that our tamariki are participating.  
 
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Many of you will have read our communication on the 7 June about the Board’s decision to reintroduce wearing of masks at school for a two week period, and the Stuff article on the 11 June which included comments from Toby and the Board. With the lifting of vaccination mandates by the Ministry of Education in April, individual schools were challenged to set policy/guidelines around the wearing of masks. 

Toby and I met on Zoom with Roy Sye, Director of Education and Regional Public Services Commissioner and Alana McCorry Ministry of Education (MoE) Regional Manager to discuss the actions South Wellington Intermediate has taken in this space to keep our ākonga safe. While we were congratulated on the actions  taken so far, the Board continues to monitor this dynamic situation. We are thankful for the work that Karl Emson, Deputy Principal, puts into gathering information about absences, illnesses and covid infections/isolation so that we can adapt our policies to respond appropriately. 

The Board agreed that mask wearing be compulsory for two weeks from June 8, then on June 20 the Board will meet to review this decision.  Our kura has been lucky that our teaching has not been too adversely affected by staff illness although adaptations have been necessary and we thank our teachers, staff and school leadership for their flexibility.  
 
Join the School Board of Trustees
It’s an election year for the Board and if you’re reading this then we want you to consider standing. Elections are in September and our provider, My School Election, is now gathering contact details for our current school community and those who will be joining our kura next year. New Board members are needed as none of the current board members plan to stand for re-election.

A well-functioning Board has people from diverse backgrounds with a variety of skills like building, project management, governance, strategic planning, law, finance, communications, Te Ao Māori as well as being community-minded and connected. The more representative of all our ākonga the better. If you would like to know more, please visit https://www.schoolboardelections.org.nz/becoming-a-board-member/ to read more or watch some videos, and we would be very happy for anyone to come along to a meeting to find out what it’s like.

Just being on a school board of trustees is a good way to develop skills if you are interested in gaining some experience in governance. As board members we govern the school rather than manage it. You must be willing to attend monthly Board meetings and invest time in the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) development opportunities, in fact, we get a lot of support from NZSTA.

Have you thought about standing?
 
FINANCES
Our auditors, Deloittes, contacted our kura to inform us that they were unable to complete the auditing process by the statutory date of 31 March 2022 as a result of reduced numbers of auditors available.  They have all the information that they require from the school and we do not have to make a notification to the Ministry.  We are happy with the reporting that we are receiving from Accounting for Schools and the finances continue to be well managed and documented  at our kura.  
 
SCHOOL ZONE
Currently there is no zone for our kura and the Ministry of Education is in the process of defining a proposed zone.  The Ministry will then consult with our school community before any decisions are made.
 
SUSTAINABILITY
As part of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP), the Board has given permission to the Ministry of Education to collect necessary information - the types of energy the school uses and who provides this - to measure and report carbon emissions annually from July.
 
PROPERTY
No information to report at this time as Covid has interrupted the progress of this project.
 
SCHOOL POLICY REVIEWS
Our Healthcare and Behaviour Management Policies are up for review this term in School Docs.
 
NEXT BOARD MEETING DATES
We meet on Zoom or in the SWIS staffroom and all are welcome.  Please check our school calendar for details of where these meetings will be held:

  • 6:00pm Monday 11 July 2022
  • 6:00pm Monday 8 August 2022
  • 6:00pm Monday 12 September 2022
  • 6:00pm Monday 17 October 2022

  
Ngā mihi
Arlene Smyth 
Presiding Member of South Wellington Intermediate School
 

The Board met on Zoom 13 June (top row from left): Toby Stokes (Principal), Marnie Woodd (member), Arlene Smyth (Presiding Member); (middle row from left) James Wallace (member), Diana Meates (minute secretary), Nathan Crocker (member); (bottom row from left) Chris Hickey (member, staff representative), Laurel Barr (member).
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