BOT Bulletin – 26 July 2017

The Board of Trustees welcomes all children, staff, parents, caregivers and members of the wider school community to Term 3, and are looking forward to a term packed with activity including cross-country, production, choir festival and our inaugural ‘stand-alone’ Calf Club day.

The trustees are delighted to welcome Principal Eamonn Kelly back to school following a period of ill-health, and would like to thank Deputy Principal Kim Michie for covering his role in the last few weeks of Term 2 in addition to her classroom and Senior Leadership team duties.

The Board would also like to welcome Sam Sinclair to the school, and wish him all the best in his role as Room 7’s teacher.

Resignation – Eamonn Kelly:
It is with sadness that the Board of Trustees have accepted Eamonn Kelly’s resignation as Principal of Pukeoware School, who will be leaving the school at the end of Term 3, 2017. While the Board is naturally disappointed to be losing Eamonn, we wish him every success in his new role as Principal at a school in the Coromandel.

The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Eamonn for his nine years of service to the children and families of the school. The school has benefited from Eamonn’s drive to create a learning community where each and every child is at the heart of all that we do and say, demonstrated by Te Akonga o Pukeoware, the Pukeoware Learner.

Eamonn has led Pukeoware School for the past five years as Principal, steering the school through a range of challenges while remaining steadfast in delivering on the school’s vision to deliver a positive learning community that empowers confident life-long learners.

While this is sad news for the school, it is also a time of great opportunity. The process to recruit a new Principal has now begun, and will follow best practice over the next 3-4 months, with a new appointment likely to commence in Term 1, 2018.

The recruitment process will seek a successor to lead Pukeoware School successfully into the future, together with our great team of teachers and staff. In the coming weeks, the Board will consider options for an Acting Principal for the period between Eamonn’s departure and the start of the new Principal, and we are confident that disruption within the school, particularly to student learning, will be minimal.

The Board would like to thank you in advance for your support during this process and encourage you all to join us in thanking Eamonn for the leadership and contribution he has made to Pukeoware School over the past nine years.

Anyone wishing to contact the Board regarding this matter may do so by emailing The Board will also provide further updates as the process advances.

The governance team:
There have been several changes to the governance team since our bulletin earlier this year. The Board was delighted to welcome Dianna Cotter to the team in May 2017 as the new staff trustee, and regretfully accepted Brian Crum’s resignation from the role of parent-trustee in June.

The process to recruit a new parent-trustee has begun, with the Board resolving to fill the vacancy by holding a by-election in accordance with Section 105 of the Education Act 1989. A formal notification of this intent will be published in The Post newspaper, and information regarding the nomination and voting process will be issued to all families in coming weeks.

The Board encourages all parents, caregivers and members of the wider community who are interested in advancing the performance of the school to consider standing for election, and specifically encourage anyone with skills in finance, property or information technology to apply.

The Board would also like to thank and congratulate Peter Fa’afiu for accepting the role of Deputy Chairperson as of June 2017

Community consultation:
To ensure the school is meeting the needs of all it’s stakeholders, the Board of Trustees will be seeking input from our wider school community throughout Term 3.

The Board’s role is to ensure that every student at Pukeoware School is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement. Therefore, it is also the Board’s role to design, in consultation with the school community, the ‘preferable’ future that will best meet the needs of all learners.

To facilitate this process, the Board has proposed the use of NZSTA’s Governance Internal Evaluation tool which consists of an online survey to be completed by groups within the school community. This will assist the Board to identify where we are at now, what we need to improve, what our next steps are, and what progress is being made.

The Board will commence this process shortly, and will provide further updates as they advance.

Next meeting:
Members of the school community are encouraged to take an active interest in the school and its performance and are welcome to attend all meetings. Prior notification to the Chair or Principal would be appreciated however.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 29 August 2017 at 7pm.

Kind Regards,

Justine Gustafson                                                                    

On behalf of the Pukeoware School Board of Trustees:
Parent Trustees – Peter Fa’afiu, Karen Holyoake, Tina Taylor, Nicole Ridley
Staff Trustee – Dianna Cotter
Principal – Eamonn Kelly

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