Board of Trustees December 2020 Update

Once again the Board would like to express our gratitude for the hard work of Deb, Caitlin, Jacqui, all the teachers, Learning Support staff, Shirley, Avie and the team in the office. It’s been a hard year for everyone, but we feel Island Bay School has made it through the difficult times with innovation and courage.

At our final 2020 Board meeting, the senior teachers talked about their year, what went well and what they learned. We are always so impressed with the dedicated and enthusiastic effort that all the teachers put into stretching our students and helping them grow – and also the efforts they make to develop their own professional practice every year.

As a Board we also signed off on next year’s Charter, which sets out the main areas the school will focus on next year, which includes continuing to build a wellness and holistic framework in our school (including physical, mental, and social wellbeing); further nurturing the development and professional growth of our teachers; and continuing to improve the school’s partnerships and engagement with whānau and our community.

The Board would also like to thank all the parents and caregivers who have helped out at the school this year – especially the Whānau Group and Home and School, and also all those parents who help out in classrooms, at events and on other occasions.

Fleur Fitzsimmons and I have now finished our three-year terms on the Board. We have both found it rewarding to be involved in the Board, and found that taking the time to be involved with the school gives you so much more than you put in.

Finally, we are pleased to announce Charlie Christi and Matthew Palliser as our new Board members. We wish them well for their time on the Board. Thanks to everyone who voted. See here for more information regarding the election results. The election of a new Board Chair will happen at the start of next year as always.

Have a good summer!

Elizabeth Cox

2020 Board Election Results

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