2020 has certainly been a year of challenge.
After getting off to a normal start to the year, COVID came along and changed everything for us all.
First came the lockdown and the bringing forward of the end of term 1.
During the term break all staff worked tirelessly to put together learning resources for our students to continue their learning from home. All of this was achieved while they themselves were in lockdown and with an ever-changing list of messages and instructions coming from the Ministry.
We thank and congratulate all staff on a job well done.
The students and their care givers also need to be congratulated on the way they helped make it all work to achieve the best outcomes possible.
We all learnt new ways of doing things.
We no longer all need to get in the same room to meet or have a discussion. We Zoom!!
A positive is that the Government gave the College enough laptops and iPads so that every student now has access to a device when needed.
While COVID and student achievement have definitely been front and centre of everyone's efforts, other things have also been going on in the background.
The School has been chosen by the Government to provide free lunches for all the students next year, but as with all Government announcements the announcement was the easy part. The implementation is proving a little more challenging, but we will get there. We look forward to providing every student with a healthy lunch next year.
The Board have entered discussions with the Ministry about a probable Enrolment Zone.
The Ministry have provided the funds for a new position in the school of Learning Support Coordinator to help assess and put in place support for students that need a little extra help in some areas. A new office and work area is about to be constructed for the Learning Support Coordinator.
The Government also gave us $335,000 of extra building and improvement funding that could be used on projects that were normally outside the funding rules. This has allowed us to upgrade the staffroom area which has just had a complete make over.
The next stage is the admin area which will hopefully take place over the summer period.
The Board have submitted our Building Improvement and Capital Maintenance Plan to the Ministry for approval. This is known as the 5 and 10 year property plans. These plans mainly cover big capital maintenance items only, like new roofs, plumbing and electrical upgrades, security and fire alarms along with learning space (classroom) upgrades and improvements. The proposed budget for these projects over the next 5 years is approximately $1.5 million. So, watch this space.
These projects do not include new buildings which can only be funded by roll growth money. And you must get the roll growth before you get the buildings, not before.
On behalf of the members of the School Board, I wish our whole school community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.