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Board of Trustees update

Kia ora koutou katoa, I hope you have all settled well back into the school routine. Following our first BOT meeting of the year last Tuesday 23rd, I’d like to update you with some of the projects happening in and around the school this year (alert level changes notwithstanding). Firstly, the hall extension and safety upgrade project has started off with a hiss and a roar, mainly thanks to one of our parents, architect Tom Norman from Three Sixty Architecture, who has been instrumental in driving the process. We issued a Registration of Interest for builders, have had ten companies respond and will shortly invite our preferred shortlist of 4 to tender for the work. With the consenting process and MOE sign off still to go through, we anticipate work starting on the hall by May at the earliest and lasting around two months. It is likely that the hall will be out of action for the whole of term 2 and possibly into early term 3. The Lachie Sutherland friendship garden project is also underway. This is the area behind the Whare Kūkūwai, which is being developed to include a pathway, steps and “nests” surrounded by native plantings, where children can explore, chill and congregate. We have engaged a landscaper, Dave McLaren from Spaceman Gardens (another willing parent), to complete the hard landscaping. We will be putting a call out for volunteers at various stages to help with some of this work and with the planting. We anticipate that the project will be completed by July. Both of these projects have been made possible with funding from the MOE’s one -off “School Investment Package” fund, as well as the targeted fundraising over many years for the hall upgrade from the Smart Community (PTA). Talking of which, a date for the diary.  The Smart Community AGM is being held on April 13th. We would love to see you there – especially families from the junior school. This group does fabulous work supporting our community and welcomes new members and new ideas. Our last big project update is for the two new classrooms which will be replacing the old blocks 9 and 10. The Ministry of Education (MOE) plans are similar to the refurbished downstairs classrooms in Te Maunga – two classroom spaces (with separating doors and bag hooks) a breakout space and toilets in between. The current rooms 11 and 12 are also due to have work done on repairing the draughty windows, however the MOE will not start this until the new block is signed off and ready to go. They will also widen the narrow access steps leading up to the new courts. The MOE anticipate that the work won’t start until June – the first step being the demolition of blocks 9 and 10 and the neighbouring resource room. We will update you as we find out more. On behalf of the board, thanks to all families who have already paid their school donation. This money is vital for providing those “essential extras” such as the wonderful garden to table program, digital technology, sports equipment, reading resources and many other things that make our school vibrant and interesting. Without it we simply would not be able to fund these activities. Whilst the school carefully considers value for money in all activities, many costs are rising steadily, especially health and safety. The donations are completely voluntary, however if more parents choose not to donate, we will unfortunately have to rethink which activities the school can support. Please consider this when you are deciding whether to make the donation – and remember it is also tax deductible. Lastly, a reminder that any of you are welcome to attend a BOT meeting- ideally contact either myself or Michele Stephens in the office beforehand. If you would like to address the board, please contact me directly ( and I can arrange a time for you to come in and speak to us. I’ve recently had some emails end up in the spam folder of the BOT mailbox, so if you haven’t had a response within a week please let Michele know and she will get in touch with me directly. Our next board meeting is Tuesday March 23rd, 6.30pm. Ngā mihi nui, Kate Hodgins Chair, Board of Trustees

Welcome Naumai

St Martins Primary School delivers high quality, child-centred education in a friendly and inviting learning environment. We aim to ‘Inspire a Passion For Learning’ through instilling our School’s Values and Beliefs: Respect – Manaaki, Caring – Aroha, Responsibility – Haepapa, Personal Best – E Ranga!, and Learning – Ako. It is our goal to develop confident, connected actively involved, life long learners.

We believe that a strong and open partnership between school, family and the wider community is essential if we are to empower our students to create their own pathways to success. We acknowledge the unique individuals that our children are, their diverse abilities, their distinct personalities, their interests and their cultures, and we aim to provide exciting and engaging learning programmes that will meet their needs today, and prepare them for tomorrow.

We are fortunate to be served by a committed Board of Trustees, supported by an energetic and creative S’MART Community. We encourage our parent community to be involved in our school in whatever ways they can, and because they play an important role in developing the strategic direction of our school, and as this is a community school.

Enjoy your visit to our website, and if you would like to know more about St Martins School please feel free to make an appointment to meet with me.

Kind regards

Andrew Mouat

Enrolment Scheme for St Martins School

Kia ora koutou,

I am finally able to update you on the new zone for St Martins School. The Ministry have decided to retain the zone they originally proposed back in February. To this effect, they have directed the Board to adopt the new zone from January 1st 2021. Please see Zone map and details  for details.

The Board’s submission following consultation with the community, to retain the area within the Prossers/Wades Road “loop”, was rejected on the grounds that it would carry a high risk of overcrowding. Our roll was set at 450 by the Ministry in 2019, and we are currently expecting around 530 students by the end of 2021. This means that we will continue to carefully manage enrolments, including no out of zone students for the foreseeable future (we have not accepted out of zone students since 2015). Siblings of students who currently attend St Martins will still be able to attend.

To allow for the transition to 450 students, which will happen over a number of years, the Ministry are currently working with the Board and the school to retain a number of temporary classrooms.

The rezoning will affect St Martins as well as Beckenham and Thorrington schools, who are also implementing their new zone boundaries on January 1st.

We hope to be in touch with a building update in the next week or so.

Ngā mihi nui,

Kate Hodgins

Chair, St Martins Board of Trustees

The St Martins Way – Our Learning Model

The St Martins Way (the S’MART Way) plays a significant role in the delivery of the curriculum at St Martins School. The S’MART Way represents the St Martins School learning model and has been developed in consultation with the school community and the school staff. It incorporates special branding that brings to life our special learning model.