We are pleased to have a growing roll, particularly in the junior area. By the end of the year, we expect that our 5 year olds will form almost 1/3 of our total roll, so strong is the growth.
This means that we will have two teachers working collaboratively in Room 1 starting from next term. Mrs Allen will be the lead teacher, and Mrs Waddell will work closely with her and the children in literacy and numeracy four mornings per week so that the ratio of students to teachers remains around 1:10-15 for these more teacher-intense learning areas. Mrs Waddell trained in the UK and has worked in the school for several years, bringing huge expertise and experience while enjoying being in a teacher aide capacity as her own children are young. The teachers are excited about working together with these children.
Community of Learning
As many of you know, we are a part of the local and newly formed Mahurangi Community of Learning. This means that we have committed to work closely with the following schools: Mahurangi College, Snells Beach School, Warkworth Primary, Matakana Primary, Leigh School, Kaipara Flats School and Pakiri School.
The Ministry of Education has established well-funded opportunities for schools to work together collaboratively rather than competitively. The new initiative will preserve the uniqueness of each school while allowing us to learn from each other's strengths in order to raise achievement and build community across the district.
We are pleased to be a part of this, and look forward to participating in a range of ways in the next few years.