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1. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 1 PRINCIPALS REPORT TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 25 March 2015 NAG 6: ADMINISTRATION Roll Statistics Report: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Roll as at 17/2/15: 600 591 551 549 552 New Enrolments 21 8 7 13 14 Withdrawals 6 8 8 8 2 Total Roll as at 17/03/15 615 591 550 554 561 March 2 MOE Returns 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Total Roll 608 586 552 546 551 Boys 323 334 316 309 308 Girls 285 252 236 237 243 Student Attendance: Overall, our attendance levels are high and greater than the national data for schools indicates. There is little or no student truancy, but there is a level of parent condoned absenteeism, and there are seasonal fluctuations which are mainly health related, with some anecdotal evidence suggesting that a lack of transport and warm clothing in winter can be a factor as can a lack of food throughout the year for some families. Like most schools, there is a clear pattern of higher absences on Mondays and Fridays. Recent examples of this include; Monday 11: 32 absent and 11 late. Friday 13: 20 absent and 10 late. These percentages of absent children were approximately 5% and 3%. We did have 87 students away on Monday 16 March much higher than usual especially for this time of year, and a number of parents reported that it was because of Cyclone Pam! We have sound attendance monitoring systems, led by attendance officer Niru Hari and a pastoral role taken by individual teachers, senior managers and community liaison person Anne Boulton. Equivalent Enrolments as at 19 March Year Total Enrolments Total Roll 2. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 2 2004 46 498 2005 61 529 2006 63 516 2007 49 505 2008 68 554 2009 88 593 2010 53 596 2011 62 562 2012 79 554 2013 69 550 2014 76 591 2015 Compulsory Uniform: Overall the standard of uniform wearing by students is satisfactory and there is good support from most families. Uniform checks by the Principal find few students without the full uniform, although cleanliness, and lack of more than one shirt for example, is a concern for some students. Those without full uniform mainly relate to boys with incorrect shorts or students with non- uniform tops over their shirts. Letters outlining uniform requirements are given to children to take home in some instances. A large selection of second hand clothing was available at the beginning of year, as many of our leaving Year 6s donate items when they leave. Several weeks of Out they Go $4 sales have seen most second hand clothing sold. Newsletters continue to highlight uniforms are us themes several times each term. NAG 1: CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL CURRICULUM REPORT Vision Statement and Visual Representation: This term has seen the continued promotion of our Vision Statement and its visual representation. This has included its explanation and use in newsletters. A version is presented in classroom and wall displays, and the visual representation is part of signage around the school as well as the vision statement panel prepared by Rooms 2 and 4 that is displayed on Room 4s wall facing the swimming pool. An initiative this year is to have our Vision Statement featured as a regular part of school assemblies. At Pukekohe Hill we are a community of lifelong learners committed to achieving our best and making a difference. Heart symbol: Represents our virtues and partnership with Maori. Kohekohe leaves: Represents the skills for lifelong learners and the kohekohe tree which is part of our Pukekohe name. Hill logo: Part of our identity and represents striving to the top to do our best. 3. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 3 Sun and its Rays: Represents the many cultures of our students. Market Gardens: Represents Pukekohe Hill and how we can make a difference as we move towards the future and recognise the past. It also reflects our connection as an Enviro and Health promoting school. ESOL Application: SENCO Anne Boulton (Special Needs Coordinator) has completed identification, testing and funding applications for students who are defined as English Speakers of Other Languages. A time consuming process involving class teachers, support staff, and the Principal. A relatively small funding component is provided by the MOE as an additional grant, which is paid into our account on a 6 monthly basis. Several support staff work students who have English as their second language, and Madhu Hari has a key role in helping these students from her Learning Centre base which is set up as a visually inclusive learning area. The May report will outline some statistics including numbers, ethnic backgrounds and funding received data. Swimming: Swimming has now finished for this term for most students. The limitations of the small learner pool for a roll over 600 is very evident through the class swimming timetables, and the need for only groups of children to be in the pool at any one time. The work of caretaker Luke Hindt in maintaining the pool throughout the day and the capacity of the twin filter unit system enables treatment levels to be maintained despite the heavy loading. This year, a number of teachers have had some professional development in swimming from Counties Manukaus Kay West, who also came to support some classes at swimming time. Senior and Middle school students will also have a series of lessons with tutors at the Rec Centre over the year which will take most of the KiwiSports funding provided through the Operational Grant. A squad of 12 senior swimmers represented the school and had limited success at Group Day with just 3 qualifying for Zone championships. The overall school standard for competitive swimming is not high, and relatively few children are involved with local swimming clubs or swim competitively at club level. Bible in School: Following on from the Boards approval for Bible in School for 2015, classes have started for half an hour each Wednesday. This year, one Year 3 class does not have a Bible teacher. An initiative this year is for some senior classes to meet together in the hall and be taken by a paid presenter and volunteer helper through the Churches Education Commission. Their Champions programme has begun with an anti-bullying focus and seems popular with our senior students. Bible teachers include several staff members and parents. 4. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 4 Latest Virtue: The latest Virtue is Co-operation, which following on from the previous Unity virtue, complements the Community Concept. Mathletics: This online maths programme is popular in many schools. Over 80 senior students have paid the $32 required and this programme will be available for students to use both at school and at home. Polyfest Visit: Mrs Chamberlain arranged a visit for the Enrichment Class to last weeks Polyfest competition which was a wonderful cultural experience for our tamariki in Room 14, and gave motivation to their involvement in our kapa haka group. Lunch with the Principal: This initiative has links to our Pipps programme and health promoting schools focus. Rather than students who are entered in the Consequences books by duty teachers for inappropriate behaviour spending 3 lunchtimes with the Principal, Lunch with the Principal is a celebration of academic achievement and progress and excellent attitudes to learning and our virtues. Teachers will choose a student from their class for the Principal to invite to lunch, the lunch itself will be prepared and served by Mrs Smart and her Health Promoting students and a certificate will also be presented to each student. Lunch with the Principal this term is set for 27 March. Technology Challenge: Once a term, we have a whole school Technology Challenge. This year, Matt Craig is leading these challenges. A copy of the challenge sheet sent out to teachers is included in the appendices. Gifted and Talented: A data base is used for the selection of pupils to attend Franklin Network and internal Gifted and Talented courses as well as teacher recommendations. Malcolm Laurence leads CWSA in the school. As part of G and T opportunities, Malcolm enters students for the NSW University Testing Centres test competitions. This year, children will be entered in Spelling, English, Maths and Computing. Franklin Schools Multi Cultural Festival: On Sunday 29 March, teams will represent Hill in the sports Touch Rugby tournament section, and our kapa haka group has been entered in the cultural section and will perform a quite complicated chant which describes the history of Pukekohe Hill School. Although partly a fundraiser for Puni School, this event is now linked to Te Huarahi goals especially around celebrating success. Ambassadors: Our senior Ambassadors have now been chosen and introduced to the school. The ambassadors are mentored by Mr Laurence, wear a badge provided by the PTA and have a number of leadership roles in the school. 5. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 5 GetWise: Most classes will be involved in the ASB GetWise programme which is a financial literacy programme aimed at primary age children and delivered through classroom lessons delivered by outside presenters. Classroom Highlights: Our Classroom Highlights reports this month come to us from Room 11 Reception Class teacher Nicky Poirier, Jill Walters and Liezel Cronje in Room 3 and Cheryl de Vries in Room 26. Nicky has invited us to view a presentation in Rm 11 and Jill and Liezel have invited us to visit them in Rm 3. Room 26 Highlights Chosen Valley Camp Welcome to Room Twenty Six class highlights. We started the year with Chosen Valley Camp. The children were very anxious and excited to go. They overcame their anxiety of being away from their families, and immersed themselves in all activities enthusiastically. Some activities were a challenge, and with the look of determination and perseverance they pushed themselves and overcame their fears. Chosen Valley Camp SPLASH went the water when, yet another person fell into the murky, muddy, brownish water. I thought I do not want to fall in there! It was built to unlock your sense of adventure (thats the confidence course by the way!). We were walking to the confidence course when we saw it. Some people from our group tried it, but others no. I tried red and completed it. Then I tried yellow. I got really far but I fell off at the part when you have to climb a rope. It was AWESOME!!! I thought it needed a star rating. When it was time to leave I just couldnt say bye. It was one of the best camps Ive ever been on. It was a privilege to go. When I got home with Mum, I was glad to be home. When I got into bed at the end of the day, I remembered all of the things I did at camp and how much fun Id had. By Cameron Richards I couldnt wait to get to camp everyone thought that it would be a lifelong memory. We had arrived at the camp grounds it was totally different to what I had in mind. We had to sort out our cabins and what position we would be in, that was a hard job. Then we got into our activity groups and find out what activity we were doing. My first activity was biking we went with the supervisor and went to the shed and got all the equipment out. Rhys, Tahi and I went down a steep bumpy hill it was awesome fun. After that we went to orienteering. We got into groups of four and then chose one of the four maps. Then we had to learn what all the symbols mean so that we could find our way around the gigantic area. It was amazing fun all though it was tiring. After my group had finished 2 6. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 6 maps half my group chose to stop so Mervil and I carried on. Then I met up with my cabin group and tidied up our messy cabin. So we could have free time. I went and did balance island. It was very fun. Then I went swimming with Rhys and Tahi. We had the best time. I was proud of all the things I had achieved and made myself do. I cant wait until the challenges of next years camp. I was so tired when I got home from camp I jumped in my bed. By Joel Mowbray Super Heroes At the beginning of the year goal setting and working out the steps to be successful were set, and they have the confidence to be able to peer assess and give positive feedback with each other effectively. The children have been able to identify areas that they need to work on to help their learning. The classroom is rich with learning language. Cross grouping for math has been started and this has proven to be successful as all classes are grouped to the same ability and target the needs specifically for those groups. We look forward to a very busy and exciting year. Cheryl de Vries and Room 26. NAG 2: DOCUMENTATION AND SELF REVIEW International Student Code of Practice: The school has been a signatory to the Code of Practice for International students for over 10 years. In this time there have been a considerable number of changes to the Code which have all added to the paper work and annual review requirements. The responsibility for administering the Code has also moved from the MOE to NZQA although ERO still include an audit of Code documentation as part of their school reviews. Over these 10 years we have only had one international student who stayed with us for several years and 4-5 who have paid short term fees until their parents either obtained work and student visas or left the country when these were declined. I have contacted several local schools who were both Code signatories Patumahoe and Valley and they have both relinquished their Code status. The Leadership Team have discussed our position as a Code signatory and I now recommend that 1. The Board agree to withdraw from the Code of Practice for International Students 2. Advise NZQA of this decision. 3. Archive the related policy statements and procedures relating to the Code. Reporting to the Board: A term based Assessment Overview is used as a guide for teachers on assessment requirements and timeframes. It also includes a Reporting to the BOT section as a reference for Wendy and Malcolm as they prepare student achievement data to present to the Board. Currently, Malcolm and Wendy are reviewing this document. Senior students are completing PAT, spelling, e-AsTTle reading and maths, Year 3-4s take STAR tests and its intended this data will be presented at our May meeting. 7. PRINREPMarch2015Website/BOT 7 Charter and Strategic Plan: Our planning has now been sent to the MOE. To date no comment has been received. NAG 3: PERSONNEL Syndicate Meetings: Usually held weekly after school, depending on professional development and other commitments. There is also frequent e.mail contact regarding syndicate matters throughout each week, and sometimes syndicates have e.mail meetings when other events prevent after school meetings. Syndicate meetings are important in terms of planning, syndicate and school organisation. Action Minutes are prepared from each meeting and relevant issues raised are considered at Leadership Team meetings. The minutes of a recent Junior Syndicate meeting led by Shirley Smart are i...