Well­be­ing of pupils the fo­cus at WBHS

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS - By DANIEL BIRCH­FIELD daniel.birch­field@wait­ak­i­her­ald.co.nz

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.

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