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A Word From the Board

Chris Banks —

As you will all know by now our principal Malcolm Cox has retired. We, the Board and school, invite whanau, school and community to poroporoaki/farewell to celebrate Matua Malcolm’s contribution to our kura/school during Wednesday 5th September. The details and times are available via our Facebook page, school app, website and newsletter...

While the Board works through the process of appointing a new principal, the Board has appointed Whaea Aroha Hohepa and Matua Quenten Browne as co-principals to lead the school until the appointment process is complete. We are very confident in their ability to not only maintain but to develop and progress our kura and our strategic aims and objectives. 

The Board has engaged the services of a very experienced principal recruitment consultant Dennis Finn to assist us with arguably the most important task a Board has to perform. We were extremely pleased with, and grateful for the principal survey responses from the school community, that has armed us to make the best decision for our kids and their future life at school. We are excited and expect to have our new principal on board by the start of Term 1, 2019.

The Board of Trustees meets on a monthly basis and in between, in subcommittees, to maintain our responsibilities to the National Administrative Guidelines. A critical responsibility is driven by the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 and so I draw your attention to our Child Protection Policy to acquaint yourself with. You can find it by going to the RAS website, to Board of Trustees where you’ll find “policies”. We will have all of our policies available to you here next month.

Recently we’ve met with Ministry of Education financial advisors to help with finance decisions and with the Education Review Office to check on progress after last years review. So far so good. We are reassessing and progressing property priorities with our consultant in conjunction with Ministry of Education, with a mind to improving the physical environment for our kids lives at school.

For those of you who want to become involved in helping develop our whanau connections we have a new PTA group and June of next year the rapidly approaching BOT Elections. Exciting times at RAS.

Ngaa mihi

Chris Banks BOT Chair