Tēnā koutou katoa
At our last board meeting we discussed progress on our annual goals as part of the Principal’s report. Throughout the year we will be looking to see shifts in practice and outcomes with respect to
- The development of relevant and innovative initiatives into learning programmes throughout the college
- The development and implementation of a self-review process that enables all aspects of college life to be reviewed and improved
- Consolidating and increase our links with the local community by identifying and connecting with business and community groups.
In addition to financial and property matters, we discussed the review of our governance policy. This is the policy that determines how we work as a board and our key tasks and responsibilities. A new Education and Training Act came into force last year and so this, and all subsequent reviews of policies takes account of any changes since the previous Education Act.
It was wonderful to welcome Jhyslle Ratima to the board. Jhyslle has been co-opted to the board, and as a Rangatahi Ora parent will bring an important (and currently missing) perspective to our board discussions. We are delighted to have Jhyslle contribute in this way and she will be a great asset to the board. Here is a bit of an introduction from her:
Tēnā koutou katoa,
My name is Jhyslle Ratima and I have recently been appointed the privilege of Māori Representative on the Horowhenua College Board.
I am a full-time mother of three, my eldest child being a proud Māori achiever through Rangatahi Ora and a proud Māori student of Horowhenua College.
As a former student of this college I will use that experience as a fundamental guide for my role on the Board. My goal is to advocate the cultural and individual values of our rangitahi so they may achieve their greatest potential in all they do.
Nō reira, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
Tēnā tātou katoa
Next term we will be well into the first of our major self reviews on behaviour management. While we regularly review our performance, policies and processes as a board and school, we are looking forward to these more substantive reviews which will involve consultation across and beyond the college. Thanks again for partnering with us to grow successful young men and women.
I will report back again after our next meeting in Term 2.
Juliana Mansvelt (Horowhenua College Board Chair)