We have introduced a new online booking system for our Mid-Year Learning Conferences that will take place on the 25th & 26th June. You can make the booking yourself or if you need help please contact Kerry or Marg at the school office and we can do this for you. The conference slot times are for 20 minutes, with your child’s class teachers. Please get in early in order to secure the booking time that suits you.
At today’s morning hui we were very fortunate to have a visit from author, Nigel Allsop, who told our students amazing facts about animals in wartime. Nigel is the President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) and was in NZ for an Award presentation ceremony at the Museum. Nigel donated three of his books and some purple poppies, to the Waiouru School library while he is here. Have a chat to your child and see if they can tell you one of the very interesting stories Nigel told us about the war time animals.
We are calling for nominations for the Waiouru School BOT..
What is a school board
Every state and state-integrated school in
New Zealand has a board of trustees.
School board membership includes elected parent
representatives, an elected staff representative and
the principal. If the school has students above year 9,
the board also includes a student representative.
What do trustees do?
First and foremost a board is accountable for
student progress and achievement to its parents and
community. The board has the overall responsibility
for the school. This includes legal obligations covering
curriculum, property, personnel, finance and health
Here are some specific things the board does:
• Sets the strategic direction and long-term plans
for the school and monitors the board’s progress
• Monitors and evaluates student progress and
• Oversees the management of staff, property,
finances, curriculum and administration.
• Ensures that the educational needs and aspirations
of Māori learners, Pasifika learners and learners with
special education needs are identified, planned for
• Fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing
and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage.
• Appoints and supports the principal and assesses
What skills do trustees need?
Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need
to work well in a team, ask challenging questions and
have good communications skills. Boards need a balance
of skills and experiences to ensure effective processes
for planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing the
school’s performance are in place. Check out www.trustee-election.co.nz/becoming-a-trustee
for more information regarding trusteeship.
Who can become a trustee?
Parents, caregivers and people from the wider community
can be nominated for election to a school board. Your
school will be happy to help you find out more about
standing for election or nominating someone else.
How is a board elected?
The school staff and parents elect boards of trustees
every three years.
All parents of students who are enrolled full-time in a
state or state-integrated school can and should vote in
the elections for parent representatives.
What help do school trustees get?
New Zealand School Trustees Association, through a
Ministry of Education contract, provides free employment
and governance advice, support and resources. NZSTA
also provides a variety of professional
Go ahead and nominate someone or nominate yourself.
You can fill in the form in the link below or call into the school office for a paper version.
Nominations close Wednesday 29th May 2019
Board takes office Wednesday 19th June 2019
We are currently working on roll projections for the remainder of the year. If you have a child who will be starting at Waiouru School between now and the end of this year please fill the form in the link below or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, (06)3876860 or pop into school. This will not only help with planning for our Reception class but also ensure we can arrange appropriate transition visits for your child.
Our Green Team has made a fantastic effort to clean up the front of school area this week and it’s looking great. There is still lots to do and the group is very keen. If you’d like to help the Green Team they will be doing some more gardening clean up work next Thursday at 12:10pm. We’d love any interested whanau to join us.
The Waiouru School Board of Trustees is pleased to introduce our Interim Principal for Term Two – Margaret Hyslop.
Kia ora, my name is Margaret Hyslop (my family and friends call me Marg or Margie). I have been privileged to be the principal of three different rural primary schools and also previously had great opportunities to work as a teacher at all class levels in both primary and secondary (Y1 – Y13) during my long career in education. I was raised in a large family on a dairy farm just outside Eketahuna under the Tararua ranges, beside the Makakahi river. My Dad served in the 22nd and 25th Battalions during WW2. I am married to Bill who is a fencing contractor (previously sheep & beef farming) and we have four children and three grandchildren. We reside in the beautiful Wairarapa (Masterton) on a lifestyle block. I am really excited about working at Waiouru in Term 2, and am looking forward to meeting BOT, staff, students, whanau and school community.