Board of Trustees Newsletter – Term 3 2019

Bayview Board Talk

Kia ora Bayview, Thank you for voting and selecting us to be your Board. We are all excited to serve as your Board for the next term, and wanted to send out this communication to you all, our Bayview community. Our role is the governance of the school, and we work closely with the School Leadership Team who are responsible for the School’s day to day management. We appreciate you taking the time to read this. If you would like to get in touch with the Bayview School Board of Trustees you can email the Board of Trustees at bot@bayview.school.nz​.

Meet the Board

Dan was re-elected to the Board for his third term. The Board has a critical role to play working with the Principal and the rest of Team Bayview, to ensure sound governance alongside their tireless and exemplary work. He is looking forward to see the school grow from strength to strength. 

James has been re – elected to the board for another 3 year term. He comes from a back ground in construction management. The skills he brings are well suited to handling the property portfolio and the numerous dealing we have with the ministry of education in this regard.

Brad Norman (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) was born and raised in Glenfield, and currently lives in Unsworth Heights with his wife Melanie and two boys Jesse (8) and Ben (6).

Danielle, her husband and two children live in Bayview and their children attend Bayview School. She is pleased to be re-elected for a third term to the BOT. Danielle serves on the Kaipatiki Local Board as an elected member and brings her governance, project management and communications experience to the BOT. 

Sifa is newly elected onto the Board of Trustees but is well known in our community. She dedicates her time between Bayview Kindy and Bayview Primary school to ensure our children feel supported and valued.

Taryn is the Staff Rep on the Board of trustees and has been teaching at Bayview Primary for 14 years. She is passionate about teaching and has the children’s best interests at heart. Her role is to provide a link between the staff and the board and ensure the staff’s voice is heard.

Bayview School Playground

As you know from the school newsletter we have won a grant of $75000 from the Lion Foundation to support the costs for our new playground. With the $50000 we have raised through our fundraising efforts over the past 2 ½ years we now have enough to build the playground! Well done Team Bayview. We now have to submit some documentation to the Ministry of Education and then we can get this project underway. The Playground People have told us that it will take around 3 months to make all the play equipment and then it will have to go in the queue to be built. This should be completed and ready for our tamariki for the start of the 2020 school year!

We are incredibly proud of our students for researching what they wanted in a playground, then giving everyone (students, parents and community members) the opportunity to vote for the playground design they wanted.

A huge thank you to previous Board member Michelle Webb-Atkinson for securing this grant for the school.

Expectations of Parents

At Bayview we pride ourselves in the values that we instill in our students – Citizenship; Attitude; Responsibility; Empathy. We constantly receive great feedback when our students represent the school and display these values. As a Board we have the same expectations of our parents and caregivers associated with the school. 

We value the time of parents who are able to be involved in school activities such as sports, cultural, reading and we encourage you to take up these opportunities. Every offer for assistance is welcomed.

We recognise for some it may be difficult to commit, but without people taking this time to share these experiences with your child, we wouldn’t be able to offer as many opportunities for all our children.

There may be a time that you need to address something pertaining to your child. Our expectation is that you handle this in a calm, considered and respectful manner. Under the Education Act it is the Board’s responsibility to deal with situations where the safety and wellbeing of staff and students is put at risk. This is a role the Board takes very seriously and will take action as appropriate.

The Board thanks the community for supporting our teachers during their long campaign with their collective agreement. We are grateful for your support when they were on strike and had to attend meetings. We are pleased that they have received the recognition they deserve. 

Ehara tatou toa i te toa taki tahi, he toa takitini.

Our strength is not as an individual but as a collective.