Thursday, December 14, 2017

Final words from Lesley for 2017


All that remains of the 2017 school year (other than a teacher planning day on Friday) is to wish everyone well for a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year.

Kia ora Koutou

Final words from me for the year.

There are a couple of further staff changes for 2018 you need to know about.

Administration Team: We are very fortunate as a school to be supported by such a capable and committed administration team. Sadly Chris’s fixed term position with us as a Higher Level Teaching and Learning Assistant (and more recently Amesbury TV, Comms, reception etc.) has come to an end. We will all really miss having Chris around. We enjoy his very droll sense of humour! We welcome on board Rachael Van Rij who will be working part-time processing enrolments and assisting with a smooth transition of students and families into Amesbury School, among other things. Rachel Watson will continue as reception manager. Navy Ny, who has been with us from the opening of the school, will work across teaching and learning and administration. She will continue to be our wonderful teacher aide – for students with special learning needs - but will also continue to be part of the administration team providing support to teachers and with responsibilities for hospitality etc. Beckie will continue on in her role as business manager, marketing and PR; and, Gail, who has been with us from the start, will continue in her role in finance and administration. More latterly she has been providing administration support to teachers to assist with their administration workload so they can concentrate on teaching and learning. 

Teaching and Learning Team: We welcome Alexis Pace into the teaching team for 2018. You may have seen Alexis in Te Rito where she has been volunteering this term. Alexis is an experienced teacher from America. She will be working in Koru and Te Rito. We are very pleased to have been able to appoint her.  We are pleased to welcome back part-time teachers: Bex, Amy and Briana (who will focus a bit more on music in 2018) and Rachel Lord (our lovely librarian). The inimitable Brian, of course, will continue with us. Thank goodness!

Final words: I would like to say a big thanks to all our wonderful teaching and administration staff for all that they do for the children of this community. We are, indeed, blessed to have such a passionate, capable and caring staff. I would also like to thank you, the parents and whanau, who engage with the school to support the teaching and learning of your children. I have thoroughly enjoyed the many, varied forms my interactions with you have taken this year. My thanks go out to our Board of Trustees whose wisdom and perspectives are always useful and welcome. They govern with kindness, grace, positivity and intelligence. They ask the tricky questions when needed and provide comfort and encouragement at other times. What a team we all make together (parents, staff and BOT) as we serve the education of the children in our community but also as we serve education nationally and internationally!

Have a wonderful festive season as we celebrate the joys of family, whanau and friends, show love and grace to one another, farewell a year of success and failure, of challenges and achievements, but which we all came through and remain standing; and welcome in a New Year so full of promise and excitement.

Keep safe and go well. Ka kite ano – we will see you again.

Arohanui ki a koutou


By Lesley Murrihy

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