It’s been a great first couple of weeks here in the principal’s chair, and a great privilege to get to know all the children and the staff better and now I’m starting to get to know quite a few parents as well. I also wrote my first principal’s report for the Board recently and I’m looking forward to my first meeting with them on Monday of next week. They do a fantastic job and it’s great to see some strong candidates putting their name forward for the election coming up.
The principal’s report to the Board of Trustees is a fantastic document. It is focused on some key fundamentals for the school, in fact the ‘must dos’ for the Ministry in terms of compliance and making sure we have a healthy and safe environment for the kids and staff. It also covers achievement, and it’s great to work at a school where achievement is defined so broadly. Sure we know we have to have a special focus on literacy and numeracy (sometimes called the keys that unlock the curriculum). But the New Zealand curriculum is so much broader than that and we’re already focused on that. The planting day last week is a good example. Days out like that engage children in ecology, sustainability, history, and politics even. Learning through doing is most definitely a strength of Pirinoa School.
There are a couple of Health initiatives to highlight at the moment. One is focused on educating the Yr 7-8s and their whānau on the risks of vaping. We’ll be taking the kids up to Martinborough School (18th August) to join their seniors and some other local schools to learn more about this from Life Ed educators. There is also a parent webinar (Monday 22nd August 7pm) on the same topic. We’ll publish the Zoom link when we get it.
Also just a plug for the Greater Pirinoa Medical Clinic that is in full swing over in the Community Hall (while their permanent home is being built) on Thursdays. This clinic is available to you for any health needs (including mental health) you, your child, or another family member may have. If they can’t sort it out, they can refer you to someone who can. Corina Ngatai and her team are fantastic and are keen to serve this community. Bookings through the Featherston Medical Centre. Between Nat and myself, we will also be meeting regularly with Corina so we can best support Pirinoa students. If you would like us to seek help for your child please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Jess or Nat.