From the Principal’s Desk

I hope you enjoy our Community Newsletter, it provides a snapshot of life at Kokopu and our belief in developing students through high quality teaching and rich learning experiences.

We are enjoying 5 full-time classes this year! It is exciting to see how we have grown over the last 5 years from 37 to currently 104 pupils. The increase in size has brought many advantages to the pupils. We still value and retain our rural character and ‘family feel’.

Our strategic plan over the next 3 years is for us to achieve our INSPIRED vision through 3 key areas: developing our inspiring teachersachieving amazing things together and building an inspirational learning environment. In term 3 & 4, we will also be focussing on developing a more culturally responsive curriculum and looking at enriching the science experiences of our students. Early in term 3 I will communicate with parents on our class structures for 2018, shortly after that teachers will hold evenings to introduce the planned  camps for term 1 2018 to ensure parents have time to save and make arrangements with work, as needed.

As the Principal, I am very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of adults helping the Kokopu students succeed. The teaching team consist of: Mrs Cindy Stafford (NE/Year 1); Mr Paul Ruddell (Year 2); Mrs Jennifer Hibbert (Years 3&4); Mr Ratama Weavers (Years 5&6); Mr Ashcroft (Years 7&8). Mrs Becky Overeem has been an excellent teacher with the Year 7&8s, although we are sad to see her moving on from us we will be recruiting another outstanding teacher.  We currently have 5 teacher aides: Dianne, Nadene, Pauline, Glenis and Chloe; they do an excellent job helping individuals and groups with their learning.  Vicki runs our office and finances in a friendly and professional way. Demi provides supervised After School Care each week day from 3pm to 5:30pm. We rely on Peter, our caretaker, and Caroline our cleaner to make sure we have a safe and clean environment for our children and staff to enjoy. Thank you to our Board of Trustees for the time and energy they put into the strategic direction of the school. As ever, our amazing parents support activities, trips and homework. We have a very hardworking and generous PTA: library books, rugby post padding and setting aside funds for an in-ground trampoline are just a few of their recent initiatives. Pre-school children enjoy Tuesday morning Playgroup, thanks to Shayla our Playgroup Leader. I hope families will have time to enjoy the July holidays and return refreshed and energized for an exciting Term 3.

Kind regards,

Mark Ashcroft