(as at March 2019)
As at the start of 2019 Waipawa Primary School has a roll of 232 students. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers. So much so that we will need to have an enrolment scheme in place before the end of 2019. Students are spread over 9 but soon to be 10 classrooms and it is anticipated that we will open an 11th classroom midway through the year. Classes are arranged according to numbers of students at particular year levels but most classes have 2 year levels in them, eg Yr 4/5, Yr 5/6.
Waipawa Primary School has a mix of refurbished classrooms and others that will be undergoing transformation in the next two years. We have space for 11 classrooms. In addition to the classrooms and administration block, there is a Maker Space Room and library (same space) and the Central Hawkes Bay Tech Centre which provides most of the Year 7 and 8 students in CHB with technology education. We also have a school hall and our resources are scattered throughout the school to ensure we are maximising quality space for our students. The CHB Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTLiT) is hosted at Waipawa School and we also have 3 RTLB who use Waipawa School as their base when working in the area.
The school grounds are both extensive and aesthetically pleasing. We have a huge grassed area, a sealed court, an astroturf court, a huge playground, sandpit, a bike track and massive oak trees that provide shade and comfort on hot CHB days. We also own a block out the back that is used by the community for gardening. We hope to develop this further in the coming years. Our outside environment is a feature of the school and we hope to improve this even more over the next 5-10 years.
The School Administration block includes school offices, a medical room, staff room, principal office and offices for teachers and external agencies to work in. In 2018 we invested heavily in iPads and TV screens for the classrooms. The year 7/8 children also have access to traditional laptops. We use a google platform throughout the school and aim to be an apple school in the future.
We have done away with teaching teams or HUBs. We all work together and then we are flexible in our approach to different school events and we work collaboratively across the school in many different forms
Although the Principal has overall responsibility for all areas, the senior leaders and other teachers have delegated responsibilities. There are many important roles within a school and we like to spread the leadership throughout so all teaching staff are contributing and having a chance to progress their leadership skills.
Waipawa School is the only school in Waipawa. Most of the students come from Waipawa but we have children from the surrounding country areas and Waipukurau attend our school. At present Waipawa School does not have an enrolment zone but is likely to in the near future.
The community has varied expectations of the school. There is a strong indication that parents support the education their children are receiving. You will see in the following pages we have an emphasis on our community and strengthening home/school partnerships so throughout 2019 we will be able to better ascertain our future actions for improving this critical component of students learning.
As you work your way through this document you will see that over the next three years we have an emphasis on 4 key areas – hauora (wellbeing), curriculum, community and growing teachers. In 2019 we will be looking to really drill down on
- improving wellbeing practices
- providing an integrated hands on authentic learning strategies across the curriculum
- strengthening numeracy and literacy through targeted professional learning opportunities and
- strengthening teacher practices through a personalised improvement plan
These initiatives will improve the learning outcomes of all students and lead us on the right path to achieve our vision and kaupapa. To help us with the above we have been fortunate to secure two Professional Learning and Development contracts. These will focus on Numeracy and Digital Technologies.
In addition to our curriculum Waipawa Primary School participates in the CHB schools sports competitions and occasionally Hastings or Hawkes Bay competitions. Waipawa children participate in a wide variety of sports and we have fantastic support from parents that enables us to do this. Waipawa Primary School is also represented in the performing arts. We have dance groups who compete regionally and nationally, a kapa haka extension group as well as kapa haka throughout the school (via our house competition), a choir, two school bands and music lessons being providing onsite by an outside agency. With our development of the our school curriculum in 2018 and particularly our conceptual themes we know that the Arts curriculum will become more of a feature in the classroom programme.
We have a number of ways in which to communicate with our parents and community. The school has a recently refurbished web site (www.waipawa.school.nz) and this is a portal to information about Waipawa Primary School. We also have a School app, a school Facebook page and many classes also use the learning tool Seesaw. All offer something slightly different. A quick view of the term calendar highlights all that is being offered for the students from school camps to sporting events to reporting timelines so parents are kept well informed of what is coming up in a very busy year. Teachers also use Seesaw pages to keep parents up to date with what is happening specifically in their classrooms.
We are also changing our Student Management System in 2019 so this may be another tool we use or it may replace some of the existing tools we currently use.
2018 was a big year of change for Waipawa Primary School. A new principal was appointed and throughout the year there has been a turnover of staff with 4 new teachers to the school. The principal, with the BOT, staff, children and parents have developed a new strategic plan that will provide a clear and realistic direction forward for the next 3 years. In 2018 our school roll climbed steadily throughout the year to be at 224 at the end of 2018. We are developing a Waipawa Curriculum and made changes to many facets of how the school operates. In 2019 we will look to make refinements and further changes to ensure our learners are getting the best education and experiences possible and that all involved in Waipawa School are living the vision of being – Active in learning, Active in Life.