It is wonderful to have, for the first time, four fulltime permanent teaching staff.
Until now we have been only funded for 2.7 teachers plus me and the board in recent years has generously topped up our staffing to allow us to have three or four separate classes, (albeit with two classes having their usual teacher only Monday to Thursday lunchtime) last year to allow for growth. this has meant that we have grown by 25% for each of the last two years.
Very small schools have advantages, but also lots of challenges, as those of you in small businesses will understand. Limited teaching staff have to do everything and more.
It is great this year to have 85 students enrolled, growing to possibly 100 or more during the year.
Expect to see:
-more friends for your children to play with
-more opportunities - staff and others will be taking interest clubs so there will be new things for children to try like choir and craft and robotics and lego
-more sports - we have more children to make up teams for coaching and practices at lunchtime, and more parents and teachers to lead groups
-more organisation - as our new staff get embedded into the school, we have more people to share the jobs around. For those of you who are administratively-minded, you can expect to find our systems and communication clearer and more efficient
Thank you so much to those parents who help us with sports and help in the library and help in the office and leading lunchtime clubs and trips and visits. We value your help, and in many ways, the children have benefited by the amount of help we have received.
One need we have that seems difficult to meet is someone to coordinate a number of enthusiastic parent volunteers for social or fundraising activities. If you think you can jump in to help us fill the gaps we have in any area, please let us know.
Thanks again for being on the journey with us of growing our school! You are pioneers! It is a privilege to watch the growth, participate in this community, and enjoy the fruit of our combined labours!