Kia ora koutou
As a relatively new Board this year we’ve worked with the Leadership team to help ensure the smooth running of the school and the adoption of a Charter and Annual Plan that tracks our strategic goals right through to what is taught in every department.
Our Mission – Naenae College, working together as Te Whanau Tahi, aims to provide a balanced education that promotes intellectual development and growth in personal and social maturity for all students, regardless of ability, ethnicity or gender.
When we look back on the year we’ve been pleased to be able to invest in the upgrading of our back driveway, and our courts and astro turf, which has been significantly slowed by the huge amount of rain we got over winter. We are looking forward to seeing progress in all those areas including the building of the new music block and the opportunities that will bring, as well as painting of the school over the summer.
Our conversations as a Board often come down to a focus on inclusion and culture. That our community matters, and that everyone has talents and can achieve in different ways. We know the importance of the school as a community hub and the leadership role that Naenae College has to play in our Community of Learning. We do believe that we can do more together than we can do apart.
We’ve also been looking at how we can be progressive and take flexible approaches that allow more opportunities for our students. How do we ensure our students can get the skills and experiences they need to find their path within school and then transition into a changing world where they need to be adaptable and resilient?
One thing we know is that change is constant. When one chapter ends another one begins. With the end of every year not only do we celebrate shared experiences and achievements, we also make our farewells as students and staff move on to the next exciting chapter of their lives.
This year we have had to make two other significant farewells. Firstly, to our principal John Russell, who is retiring from teaching and moving on to a consultancy role next year where he will mentor new principals.
One of the most important tasks that a Board undertakes is the appointment of a Principal. It is a responsibility we all take extremely seriously to ensure we will have a new principal to lead Naenae College into its next exciting chapter. Our plan is to have that person in place by Term II of next year.
The other farewell that we would like to make mention of is to Mr Len Lea, who is retiring after 40 years of service at Naenae College. Len has taught generations of students and has been a trusted, talented teacher and colleague. We are grateful for all Len has done for Naenae College and we congratulate him for this wonderful milestone.
As parents and whanau of our students the Board would like to thank you for your support and encouragement as we aim to do the very best for our students, our staff and school community.
And to our students we wish you all the best. For those of you who are leaving, we hope that you will take fond memories, friendships and experiences from Naenae College that will stand you in good stead for the fun and adventures that lie ahead of you.
On behalf of my Board colleagues, we wish everyone a peaceful Christmas holiday time and a happy and rewarding 2018.
Nga mihi nui
Chair Naenae College Board