Our 2017 Annual Financial Report was approved by the Board and will be sent into the MOE before the 31st May. The accounts were audited by John Hooper. We had an operational deficit of $6,845 (compared to a deficit of $26,730 in 2016).
“The board the principal and everyone involved with the school should be commended for their efforts. The deficit is not of any concern as it simply put to good use the profits generated in previous years.
The school remains in a reasonable financial position with year-end working capital of $66,506.” - John Hooper & Co, Auditor
Overall the standard of financial reporting and financial management were assessed as of a high standard.
A copy of the 2017 Audited Financial accounts is available from the school office and on our website.
Based on the strong working capital position at year end, along with funds available from the existing 5 year
property provision, the Board resolved to undertake major works on car parking, increasing the current off-street parking capacity from 36 parks to at least 50. The project cost is likely to be circa $85,000.
With the roll increases over the last 10 months, which has now reached 132 as of the May Board meeting, additional parks for drop-off and pick-up times are required. Parking on the Highway is a danger not just to the families with vehicles parked along the busy road, but it also creates an egress hazard as cars exit the school.
The Board is currently assessing the off-street parking design, with a plan to undertake the works in 2018.
The School Charter for 2018 included feedback received from consulting our community through 2016 & 2017, confirming the aspirations and needs of our community, what they want from Appleby School, how well they believe we prepare the students for future learning, what the school does well and what we could do better. The aims and targets of this charter are reflective of this consultation process and identify key areas we will focus on to improve outcomes for all students. Please refer to the School Charter on our website.
Last year the school applied for an Automated External Deﬁbrillator (AED) to be held on site for use by the wider community. The AED has now arrived and is located in the office, with staff to be trained on how to operate.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
In term 1 the senior students led a Mental Health Hui exploring the focus of increasing the positivity of thoughts, feelings and emotions. The Board would like to thank the teachers, parents and whanau involved in the workshops.
Most months a Board member assists the Principal in a walk-around the school grounds and classrooms and reports back to the Board on identified hazards, updating the safety action plan. Each meeting the Board reviews the report on identified hazards, incidents and near-misses.
The Board discussed the Working at Heights protocol and agreed to retain the policy of no staff member to work on the roof.
Education Review Office (ERO)
ERO are scheduled to visit our school during 2018, having last reviewed Appleby School in April 2014. Their report in 2014 was excellent, stating: “A strong sense of whānau helps to promote a safe learning-focused environment, where students’ wellbeing and sense of belonging are actively fostered. The learning opportunities students experience, are consistent with the school’s goal to provide a rich, balanced and relevant curriculum.”
It is with much sadness that the Board accepted the resignation of Nikki Pritchard, who works in a job-share role with Raewyn Watson one day per week, in the new-entrants class. Nikki has taught at Appleby School for many years and we wish her well for her retirement.
Jodie Brown will also finish up her part time role this month as she goes on maternity leave for the birth of her second child.
In the next year most of our Board members will be stepping down as their youngest children finish year 6 and leave the school. Therefore the Board is looking for new trustees in the very near future. The Board is planning on holding an information evening for all those who are interested in October 2018.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the board roles, we encourage you to attend this information evening and get answers to any questions that you may have.
Speak to principal Graham Avery if you’d like to be a part of this process.
Policy & audit reviews
Each term several school policies are reviewed as part of our Annual Plan. They are amended where necessary and ratified accordingly. Policies reviewed in both term 1 and 2 are: Home Learning, Financial Management, Protected Disclosure and Visitors. This term the Reporting to Parents policy is under review. The Board encourages parents to log on and provide feedback. To access, go to http://appleby.schooldocs.co.nz and sign-in with the user name ‘appleby’ and password ‘applebydocs’.
The next board meeting will be held on 3rd July, 7.30pm school staffroom.