Wellbeing of pupils the focus at WBHS
The wellbeing of pupils at Waitaki Boys’ High School is No 1 on its list of priorities, according to school commissioner Nicola Hornsey.
Hornsey was appointed commissioner in October by the Ministry of Education after the school’s board of trustees was stood down after two independent reports and an Education Review Office report were critical of governance and management processes at the school.
Since taking up the role Hornsey has prepared a scoping report and action plan to address issues at the school, and has released regular intervention progress reports to parents and caregivers.
Her most recent report was released last week.
The school’s pastoral care structure, which ensured wellbeing at the school, has been reviewed and changes are to be introduced for the start of term one this year.
An initial wellbeing survey of students, as well as of staff and parents, is scheduled to be conducted closer to the end of term one, while the recently advertised assistant principal position has a significant pastoral care component.
In regards to employment issues, Hornsey said the school remained ‘‘at risk’’ in the area and that close, ongoing work with the New Zealand Student School Trustees’ Association will be a priority for term one.
Advice has been sought on the appropriate process for selecting a provider for a financial review at the school.
Last year Hornsey indicated the school would undergo a ‘‘forensic review’’ into its financial management and reporting systems. That review will be going ahead and is expected to be completed by the end of the first school term.
Other issues covered in Hornsey’s latest report include the introduction of a separate finance, audit and risk meeting to be held prior to each board meeting to assist with the streamlining of the meeting process.
Protocols are being set to ensure that all management requests for governance approval are well researched, supported by succinct analysis and formulated into clear recommendations.
Work has begun on a draft charter which will be provided to staff and parents for their feedback before being finalised and adopted.
The School and Don House handbooks have been thoroughly revised in the past month and are to be distributed to parents and students before the start of the first term.
Hornsey has also organised meetings with various school committees and neighbouring schools, which are scheduled for term one.
Close watch: A ‘‘forensic review’’ into Waitaki Boys’ High School’s systems is going ahead.