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Board of Trustees: Special Announcement

It is with great pleasure that the Goldfields Board of Trustees welcomes Anna Harrison as the new Principal for 2018.

The Board employed a Professional Advisor to guide us with this appointment and the vacancy attracted 12 applicants ranging from around North Otago to Lower Southland.  This was an exceptional number and I think credited to the current staff at Sshool, and the quality of the curriculum that they deliver in/outside the classroom resulting in Goldfields being a high performing school.  We were then able to shortlist this down to 5 applicants who were interviewed.  This included a 10-20 minute presentation looking at their vision for Goldfields School going forward.  There were some excellent, diverse, challenging and entertaining interviews plus a lot of discussion and deliberation around this key appointment.

Anna should feel very proud on being selected amongst such a strong field– we wish you all the best and look forward to working with you in 2018.  A big thank you to all involved in this process but especially to the Board and Staff Rep who gave up their evenings and Sundays to make this appointment happen.

Maree Piebenga, Board Chairperson.

Principal’s Message:

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whānau and Friends of our School

Thanks to all the parents, whānau and friends who supported children at the senior cross country event yesterday. Thanks to Rob for videoing the event with your drone. It is great to have access to such up to date technology. With the photos taken by Dedri we will have an excellent record of our annual event. Cross country running is not for everyone, but all children who participated, gave 100%. Consent forms will be sent home to the parents of the year 5 and 6 children who have been selected to compete at the Central Otago Cross Country Event which is held on Thursday 24th August. This year, some of our children have had to choose between representing our school at the CO Cross Country, or participating in the Kapahaka performance group  at the Polyfest in Invercargill, both of which are held on the same day. Some of our top placegetters, who would have qualified for the CO Cross Country have chosen to perform at the Polyfest. Mel and I are delighted that the children’s decision has resulted in the majority of our senior students being committed to the leadership roles they have in our Kapahaka group. Parents are invited to join us for the Year 1-3 cross country which is to be held on the school field tomorrow, commencing at 1:30pm.

The Board had a meeting with Ministry of Education Property Personnel on Monday, to progress the planning for two new roll growth classrooms. It is expected that these classrooms will be ready for occupation in July 2018, which is great news! The classrooms will connect to Rooms 6 and 7 to create a pod of four classes, with up to date flexible learning spaces enhancing learning opportunities for our children.

 

Ka pai to wiki – Have a good week. Nga mihi nui, Sharon.

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trophy-winners-20162016 Trophy Winners: Individual Excellence – Kaia; Contributions to the Life of the School – Natalia; Anderson Family Trophy for stepping up as a year 6 – Sam and Mac (Joint winners); Dalzell Family Trophy for positivity, courage and kindness – Isabella; Whanau Trophy, Kiwi – Leaders, Casey and Natalia.