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Board update - Term 3, 2021


We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our Clevedon School staff for their incredible hard work they have put into getting our school through this latest lockdown. We really do appreciate how much time and effort they have all put into creating our online learning programme and supporting our children and their whānau through this difficult time. We congratulate our staff on the effective, and empathetic, manner in which this has been carried out. 


The board has continued to meet via Zoom over the lockdown period and continued our governance role, and in working alongside staff in keeping the strategic direction of the school, even in these strange times. 


We were grateful for the leadership team who presented their findings from the mid-year school data to us at one of our meetings this term. The level of detail was reassuring and knowing that our staff work hard to ensure our children are not falling through the cracks. We thank the team leaders, Craig Smith, Stacey Connolly, Jodie Boyle and Chris Morgan, and Sarah Park our deputy principal, for their contribution to this work. 


The board wishes to also acknowledge Mr Raymond Su and Mrs Jalena Eade who started with us during the lockdown and have stepped in flawlessly into their roles in the online environment. Raymond is new to our school and Jalena has returned from maternity leave. We are very grateful to both of these teachers for ensuring children’s learning in their classes has continued. 


We wish to alert you early, that the next round of board elections are coming up next year. The school engages CES who acts as our Returning Officer for board elections, and more information will be sent out to you on these elections in due course. In the meantime, if you have any questions around the work of the board or the upcoming elections, please do not hesitate to contact Summer Deverell, our board chair, or Edeh Sullivan, our principal. 


As a board we meet twice each term, and update our school community once a term as to board matters and news. Board meeting dates and times are always on the school’s public calendar. If you would like to make contact with the board at any time please do so on We welcome any comments, observations and suggestions you may have.  


Principal’s message

What an interesting term it turned out to be! Our big focus was to really knuckle down this term on our learning and have an interruption free term...but the world had other plans! 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the resilience you have shown over lockdown with supporting your children in their learning and all the challenges that lockdown has brought. Our staff have appreciated you taking our calls, replying to emails and assisting your children to get online. 

I would also like to acknowledge the incredible work our staff have put into providing online learning. As many of you know, working from home has its own unique and often stressful challenges. Our incredible team of professionals have taken it all in their stride and persevered, even when they have felt the slump of the extended time in lockdown too. I am regularly reminded of the amazing team that we have at Clevedon School. 

Fortunately before lockdown hit us, we were able to fit in some high quality professional learning around mathematics. Each of our teams had a chance to spend a day with an external maths professional development provider to examine research around the learning of maths with children at different stages. This has been a learning focus for us as a school throughout the year and analysis of our mid year data showed the positive impact of this learning on our students. 

Teachers, team leaders, senior leadership and the board also spent time analysing and discussing what else the mid-year data is showing us. The data has given us clear direction around the need to focus on raising our game in writing. This is not a surprise and not unique to our school. Nationwide writing, and in particular, writing achievement of boys, is a highlighted need. Staff have started focusing on this and that is why you may have noticed that our online lessons aimed to hone in on writing. During lockdown, our junior teams have engaged in professional development with an external provider around junior literacy and our professional development programme for next year will have literacy, writing and writing engagement of boys as a focus. 

We are looking forward to hopefully being on site next term and moving down alert levels as quickly as possible. Our aim is to have a few weeks where literacy and numeracy are our primary focus to make up for time lost over lockdown. Please keep a close eye on school communication as there are a few moving parts as we adjust our programmes next term and respond to alert levels. There may be changes to our prize giving and other end of year events, but we will keep you posted as we know more moving forward. 

Again, thank you for cooperating and partnering with us as we navigated the online environment once again. Have a wonderful holiday and fingers crossed for a return to onsite learning from Monday 18 October. 

Property update

There’s some delay to our planned building projects, but we are still hopeful that they will start before the school year ends. The projects all fall under our agreement with the Ministry called the 5 Year Agreement (5YA). The main three projects we are hoping to get moving on this year are the upgrade of all our toilets, refurbishment/upgrade of the admin area and the connection of our water to mains. Part of our 5YA includes a refurbishment of rooms 11-14, which will hopefully get underway in 2022. 

Finance update

Donations received from our parents are currently sitting at 57% paid. We need your support in ensuring that these donations are paid as they help fill a gap in our very tight budget. Installment schemes can be arranged if this makes payment of donations more manageable for you. Every donation helps.

The donations and the fundraising allow us to be able to offer the great facilities, materials and opportunities, to your children, that we currently do. Thank you to all our families that have already made donations payments and offered help with fundraising initiatives. This is very much appreciated.

PTFA update

The board would like to thank the PTFA for their recent donation of $9,000 to school funds. This money will be used by the school to continue to purchase quality teaching and learning resources, including this year, a portion going toward buying hands-on play equipment for the junior end of the school. 


We sincerely thank all the families and friends of the school who contributed to the PTFA's recent fundraising efforts, particularly the Easter raffle and the Movie Night. Your time, effort and support of these events is hugely appreciated. 



We wish you all a very relaxing break over the next couple of weeks. Please all stay safe and let us all hope for a speedy return to “normal” in term 4. 

Ngā mihi maiaho

Clevedon School Board 

Board update - Term 2, 2021


The Board has confirmed the selection of Kellie Philpott as a new member of our board. Thank you Kellie for taking on this role.  


Our school and board have recently provided a letter of support for the campaign for a new secondary school in the Pohutukawa Coast/Wairoa area, which is an ongoing issue faced by our school community.  A petition asking the Minister of Education to build a secondary school here on the Pohutukawa Coast has now been presented to Parliament. For those of you who are interested in regular updates on this issue, more information is available on the following facebook page. 


The board meets twice per term and the dates for these can always be found on the school calendar, which you can find on the school website. 


Principal’s message

Thankfully we have had an interruption free term and have been able to concentrate on our teaching and learning programmes without any lockdowns and online learning. We have been thrilled to have our gates open to whānau and appreciate keeping in close contact with you. Please do keep this partnership strong by emailing, calling or popping in to see your child’s teacher whenever there is a need or you have a query. Incidental chit chats in the morning with your child’s teacher can provide valuable insight for both you and the school. Please keep coming in for these chats between 8:30-9:00am daily. 

Teachers have been busy this term assessing students to get a sense of where they are at and what would be the most beneficial next step for them. This information along with class based observations will also be used to report to you on the first half of the year. An important part of this is our student led conferences, which we hope you can all attend. In 2019, our then year 3-8 children led their own conferences for the first time, however we were not able to do these last year. We hope to build a good momentum with these this year moving forward and strengthening our children’s abilities to be the masters of their own learning. 

Our school wide focus this term has been on the concept of ‘change’ and the introduction of our ‘critical thinking’ learning dispositions. We have realised the depth and breadth of the learning needed for the development of this disposition and look forward to continuing the learning in this area. Next term we'll have a school wide learning focus on ‘sustainability’ and our ‘citizenship’ learning disposition. Keep an eye out in our Weekly Notices, which will include what we are covering over the term. 

We are looking forward to term three and the excitement that builds around our annual Ag Day. The amazing mums and dad who volunteer their time to make this event exceptional, have already got plans underway, including a plan A and plan B, should we find ourselves at a different alert level, like last year. 

We also have our annual Athon coming up next term with a focus on maths. We are going old school! We are hoping to get some good solid basic facts learning achieved with all our students and raise some funds for our kura at the same time.

I again want to thank you all for your support, with all that we do. The mufti days, kapa haka, Showquest, movie nights, cross country etc. Ngā mihi atu ki a koutou mō tō tautoko o tēnei kaupapa. I hope you all have a lovely break and enjoy some quality time with your tamariki. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 26 July.  

Property update

Thank you to all our families who came along to the Working Bee earlier in the term. We had an incredible turn out, and we thank you all for your support. It was so great to see our families, and our children, working so hard to make our school look tidy and refreshed. We have more work to do and will be organising another working bee over the next few months.  

We have a few building projects in the works or starting shortly. These are being carried out under our agreement with the Ministry called the 5 Year Agreement (5YA). 


All the student toilets are due to get refurbished. The project is out to tender and once they are all in, we are hoping to get this project under way in stages to minimise disruption to classrooms. This will include all the toilets at the back of rooms 6-9, including the cloakroom spaces, which will be able to be used as additional learning spaces. The three lots of toilets behind rooms 3 and 4 will also get an upgrade, including the disabled bathroom. The junior area will have all urinals removed and proper ventilation put in (taking care of the interesting smells you will notice when you walk past!). The water temperature in all the bathrooms will be set to body temperature to make washing hands more ‘desirable’, particularly in the cold winter months, and electric hand dryers will be installed. 

Administration block

The administration block, which is much too small for the current number of staff and families, is also getting refurbished and expanded. We are hoping to get a much bigger reception and waiting space for families, ensuring parents and children don’t have to wait outside when there are others in the space. The sickbay will be upgraded and we will have a working bathroom/shower space for students to use in the admin block. At the moment we have no way of cleaning up ‘accidents’ which our youngest often have in their early months at school. Currently this space has only two offices and we will be able to expand this to 5, including spaces for the staff to meet with whānau and external professionals in a more private setting. This is a major issue currently in the school and so the refurb will ensure a space that is always available for meetings for our SENCO and Learning Support Coordinator to use. 

Water connection 

We can’t wait to connect to mains! This is also part of the MoE funded 5 Year Agreement, so watch this space.

Classroom upgrades 

The junior end of the school is due to get an upgrade as part of our 5YA as well. Rooms 11, 12 and 13 will have the most work done, followed by room 14. We are hoping to add some sliding doors to the deck side of these classrooms, to allow for better use of the deck spaces during class time. There will also be a door built between these rooms to allow for easier collaboration between classes. They are all due for fresh paint, carpet and wall surfaces. This project will be managed in phases to ensure we have enough spaces to house everyone while the work is being carried out. Work on these rooms will likely start next year. 

Finance update

Donations received from our parents are currently sitting at 54% paid. We need your support in ensuring that these donations are paid. Installment schemes can be arranged if this makes payment of donations more manageable for you. Every donation helps.

The donations and the fundraising allow us to be able to offer the great facilities, materials and opportunities, to your children, that we currently do. Thank you to all our families that have already made donations payments and offered help with fundraising initiatives. This is very much appreciated.

PTFA update

We would like to thank our new members of the PTFA exec committee, which consists of Kirsty Fawdray (chair), Sallie Norman (vice-chair), Leanne Nelson (treasurer), Summer Deverell (board rep) and Catherine Manderson (communications). We would like to thank these wonderful volunteers, and all other parents that help out on the PTFA, for the time and effort they put into creating special events for our kids and families, and helping raise well needed funds for our school. Please feel free to get in touch with any of these people personally, or via

We wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday break and look forward to seeing you all in term 3. 

Ngā mihi maiaho

Clevedon School Board 

Board update - Term 1, 2021


As term 1 quickly draws to a close, we would like to thank our staff for their commitment to Clevedon School this term. With a couple of level 3 lockdowns to have to negotiate, we acknowledge the incredible effort which goes into the operation and running of our school during these times which we are all very grateful for. 


We also would like to take the opportunity to welcome the children and families who are new to our school this year. We are pleased to have you as part of our school community and we hope you have enjoyed your first term at school.

For those who are not familiar with us, our Board of Trustees is made up as follows:


Edeh Sullivan (Principal) 

Summer Deverell (Presiding Member)

Paul Gibbard (Deputy Presiding Member)

Chris Morgan (Staff trustee)

Kirsten Davis

Hamish Bell

Nick McCaw

Sarah Watkin


For more information about us,  and the subcommittees we are responsible for,  please check out our bios on the Clevedon School  webpage


As a Board we meet once a month and try to update our school community once a term as to Board matters and news. If you would like to make contact with the Board at any time please do so on We welcome any comments, observations and suggestions you may have.  


Principal’s message

I would like to thank you, our whānau, for all your support over what has been an interesting term with a whole lot of interruptions again, and difficult times for some members of our community. The love and support of our families has been outstanding as always. I also wish to express my utter gratitude to our stunning staff for their resilience and ‘can do’ attitude no matter what the term has thrown at them. We are lucky to have a strong staff and a caring community. 

The strange times during various alert levels had meant closed gates for us at times. However with us at alert level 1, I would also like to remind, and strongly encourage you all, to pop in, arrange a meeting, call, Zoom or email if you have any queries about your child’s learning or wellbeing. We value our partnership with you as it makes our work with your children more effective. Our staff always set aside 8:30-9am as our connection time with you. Please do come in when you are dropping off your child if you can to have a casual chat, look around and ask any questions. If the morning is not suitable for you, then please do make contact with your child’s teacher in any other way that suits you. The stronger our partnership with you, the stronger our ability to support your child’s learning and wellbeing. 

We were very happy to hold our annual Māori whānau hui this term, which was cancelled due to lockdown last year. Thank you to the parents who attended this event and gave us great feedback as to what we can do to better support our Māori tamariki. We look forward to continuing our connection and engagement with you.  

The staff have and are busy planning an exciting and hopefully interruption free term 2. Excitement is building up around our Showquest event, which is on Tuesday 29 June, and we have cross country, the Life Education Caravan and a Matariki celebration to look forward to. 

The leadership team and year 5-8 teachers have been investigating and working out ways we can make up for the disappointment of the camps being cancelled due to the lockdown. We’ve hit some snags with getting bookings with sites and providers but are pushing on to find suitable options. It is likely that this year both the teams will have a couple of exciting EOTC days at the very least. Keep a look out for more information around this next term. 

Once again, I thank you for a wonderful term despite the challenges it has presented us. We are a resilient bunch! Have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back for term two on Monday 3 May. Noho ora mai. 

Property update

The Property subcommittee have organised a working bee to give the school grounds and gardens a long overdue spring clean. This will be held on Sunday 16 May. We would love to have as many people along to help keep our school looking great. A BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards. Please keep a watch out in the school weekly notices for more information. 

There are some exciting upcoming property projects coming up later this year and into 2022. We are looking forward to having all our student toilets upgraded and getting a much needed refresh. The school administration block and staffroom is also going to be updated to be more fit for purpose and allow for much needed office space. Some of our classrooms will also be getting a ‘facelift’ with a modernisation plan for rooms 11, 12 and 13 in the first instance. We are also waiting excitedly to be able to connect to mains water when we are able to do so. 

Finance update

After an extensive financial review by the Board at the end of 2020, the school budget was approved for this year with a projected deficit (loss), after depreciation, of $81,000 (in part due to no international students) including donations and other fundraising activities. 

As a decile 9 school, Clevedon School receives significantly less money from the MoE than lower decile schools. Therefore, we rely on parents paying a donation per child, and fundraising throughout the year to help make up our shortfall. The donations and the fundraising allow us to be able to offer the great facilities, materials and opportunities, to your children, that we currently do.  

Statements have now been sent out to our school families for school donations and we need your support. Installment schemes can be arranged if this makes payment of donations more manageable for you. Every donation helps.

Thank you to all our families that have already made donations payments and offered help with fundraising initiatives. 

PTFA update

Thank you to our generous school community for the support of the PTFA Easter raffle. Nearly $3000 was raised! This is a great effort in raising much needed funds for our school.

We would also like to thank all the parents that came along to support the PTFA “meet and greet” at Hallertau this week. It was a fantastic turn out and it’s so great to see some new parents become involved in our PTFA. We look forward to bringing you some fun events this year.  


The PTFA AGM will be held on Wednesday 12 May at 7pm. We would love your support of this. It will be a great opportunity to brainstorm some fun events for the year ahead. Keep a watch out in the weekly notices for more updates.

We wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday break and look forward to seeing you all in term 2. 

Ngā mihi maiaho

Clevedon School Board 

Board of Trustees newsletter - 4 September 2020

Principal's update

On behalf of the staff, I would like to welcome you all back to school. It was wonderful to see so many students back on Monday with big smiles on their faces and a genuine desire to be back with friends and teachers in this learning environment. I join with you in hoping that this continues to be the case for us here in Auckland as we work together to manage this latest outbreak.

My thanks to you, our parent community, for your support and the fast turnaround as we responded to the call to move to level 3, three weeks ago. It was about as smooth a transition as we could have hoped for.

Due to our alert levels constantly being reviewed and gathering sizes being uncertain, many of our inter-school events are being cancelled, the latest being our senior speech competitions, which were being held in the next couple of weeks. Reluctantly the school organising this event has had to make the call for this not to go ahead for 2020. 

Our own Ag Day is a slimmed down event and the organisation for this will be dependent on gathering sizes and our exciting sports camp for senior students which was to run this week at Camp Adair has been cancelled. We will keep you posted on changes or cancellations to any other events as they come to hand. We all acknowledge this has been a really diabolical year for our students and staff with us having very limited opportunities to take the fun aspects of learning outside of the classroom. 

I understand how difficult it is for you, our parents, when we have to limit your access to school under this current alert level. Please do keep in contact with your child’s teacher via email and if you find you need to come into school at drop off /pick up for any reason, please do sign in via the school office and use the covid tracing app.We have the QR code up around the school. 

Our focus over the next four weeks is to ensure every child is settled back into the class and learning so if you have any concerns in this area please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher and discuss this with them. 

Lastly, our class and individual photographs have been rescheduled for the third time and will be taken on 24 November. You will receive information regarding these at the beginning of term four. 

Welcome Back from our BoT

The Board of Trustees would also like to welcome you all back to school, again, after the last couple of weeks of lockdown.  

We appreciate how disruptive this year has been for our school community and we would like to thank you all for your patience. The teachers and staff are putting incredible effort into the operation and running of our school during these times which we are all very grateful for. We also would like to acknowledge the smooth transition into online learning for this lockdown, and whilst we hope that this doesn’t become a regular occurrence, it is reassuring to know how well prepared all of us now are, should it eventuate again.

We also want to thank our school families for their continued support of both the children, and our staff, during this time. It is definitely a team effort.

Principal recruitment 

The BoT have now received several applications for the Principal position. We will now begin conducting interviews and school visits over the next month. We hope to make an appointment by the beginning of term 4. We will continue to keep you advised as to progress, as appropriate.

Student achievement

At the BoT meeting last week, the Totara, Pohutukawa, Kauri and Kōwhai team leaders, together with the school leadership team presented the 2020 mid-year student achievement data to the Board.  

They each provided a comprehensive review of what is happening in the school at each level in regards to both achievement, and progress, in maths, reading and writing as well as a review of the impact of the Covid 19 lockdowns.

Overall school achievement across literacy and numeracy at mid year is as follows:

Achievement target: 90% of students achieve at expected curriculum  levels in literacy and numeracy




Not meeting Year level Expectations


exceeding  Year level Expectations

Not meeting Year level Expectations


exceeding  Year level Expectations

Not meeting Year level Expectations


exceeding  Year level Expectations








Teachers reported that in the main, our students have been agile in their learning and have been able to move from classroom learning to online learning easily and we have not seen a significant covid-19 impact on our achievement rates for this point in the school year. We are hoping that this will continue to be the case for the second half of the year. 

Finance report

50% of school donations have been paid.

We rely on parents paying a donation per child, and fundraising throughout the year to help make up our budget shortfall. Given that our fundraising opportunities have been reduced this year, we will now more than ever rely on payment of these donations.

Payment plans are available and the school would be happy to work with you regarding this

Property report

We are still waiting for approval from the Ministry of our 5YA (5 year agreement) and 10YPP (10 year property plan) funding applications. We look forward to updating you on these exciting projects once they are finally approved.

Calling all keen gardeners and green-thumbs. The Clevedon School gardens are overdue some TLC!  We are on the hunt for some willing gardeners to help us weed, prune, plant.... and make our gardens look loved again. This can be done as and when it suits you. If you are keen to give a little of your time, please get in touch with our caretaker Mark Crowther 021-957-274 or     Thanks so much!

Our working bee will now be held in term 4, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted, to give the school grounds an overdue spring clean. This has had to be rescheduled a couple of times this year due to the school’s closure. So, keep a watch out in the school notices next term for upcoming details…we would love to have as many people along to help keep our school looking great.

If you would like to get in touch with any BoT members please do not hesitate to send us a message on

 BoT update-August 2020

Principal's update

Welcome back to all our families, whanau and students. Another busy term ahead on the school calendar.

This week sees an interlude in the Watercare works around the school - albeit only for a couple of weeks. If you are able to come into school at drop off or pick up, I am sure the staff would love to see you and welcome you into the classrooms. We will continue to open the school gates at 8.30am to allow staff to prepare for the school day and to give you a little more time in the mornings to get ready for school and work. 

There has been an enormous amount of feedback from schools all over the country regarding the positive consequences of parents dropping students and leaving them to walk into school - feedback has centred around a building of resilience, less stress for children saying goodbye to parents and more settled children ready for the day. We welcome you into school any morning you feel you'd like to be here but also suggest you might like to develop a mixed routine so that your children maintain that resilience you have built so well over the past few months.

Health and wellbeing focus

This week has seen the start of our major health programme on “Keeping Ourselves Safe”. This is a sensitive unit and is taught in conjunction with our local police education officer, Michelle. Please take the time to discuss with your children what they are learning and also reference Michelle in the classroom as she is doing two lessons in every room over the next three weeks. 

An important part of our community consultation is our annual health consultation - please see the link here to our survey. We would very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this as it assists us in developing our local curriculum to meet the needs in this community. Your thoughts and feedback is so very much appreciated.

At the end of term two, we ran an in school survey titled Wellbeing at School. This is hosted by NZCER (New Zealand Council for Educational Research). It has been developed to assist schools in monitoring the wellbeing of staff and students. We run this survey each year and use it to assist us in our planning. 

Our survey this year provided lots of positives as outlined below in the BoT report. It also highlighted three key areas which we need to continue to work on in our school. They are as follows and are areas staff are regularly speaking to our children about. 

  • Not treating each other with respect

  • Not standing up against those who are being mean

  • A significant amount of put downs, name calling and teasing

I ask for your support at home in discussing this with your own children, taking the discussion to what is expected of them rather than what others are saying to them. If our whole school community works together with our individual expectations of how our children treat others then we will begin to see a change in this particular area. Here at school we are placing great importance on this aspect of our school values over the next two terms.

BoT update

As you will be aware, Julie Schumacher will be leaving our school at the end of this year. The BoT have started the recruitment process for her role with advertisements now online and in the Education Gazette.  The closing date for applications is the 24th of August and then the BoT will begin shortlisting candidates. We will keep you updated, as appropriate, as this process proceeds but do not expect to make an announcement of an appointment until the beginning of Term 4.

Learning support and children's wellness update

Lisa Banfield attended our BoT last week to present to the BoT the findings of the Children's Wellbeing Survey which was carried out by the school in June. Both children and teachers were surveyed.

It is fantastic to see this initiative being utilised in our school and for us to see a high number of positive findings and areas to celebrate in the results. Some of these positives included our children feeling safe in our school and that they are celebrated for the good things they do. Our children also believe that their teachers and parents respect each other and that their whānau feel welcome at our school. The school also identified some areas for further development which our staff are now looking at implementing and putting in place (refer to Julie’s update above).

Lisa also provided updates to the BoT on the learning support services provided at school by herself and Wayne Nel (our Learning Support Coordinator). The LSC role is a newly established role and only 660 schools across New Zealand have received an LSC. The LSC is responsible for, amongst other things, identifying and planning for the learning support needs of all children and supporting learners and their whanau in a more flexible model.

Finance update

After lengthy consideration and review of school priorities, over a number of meetings, the BoT has agreed to utilise some of the capital funds held by the BoT. These funds have been built up by the school over a number of years, and we now consider it appropriate to use some of these funds to ensure that we are providing the best possible educational resources for our children. 

Over the next year, the BoT will be spending some of this capital on new technology and digital devices for our junior classrooms which are long overdue an upgrade with some of the existing technology over 8 years old. Funds will also be spent on literacy, maths and science resources across the school. Funding for new heat pumps in Pod 3 for our junior children was also approved by the BoT.

We are excited to be able to ensure that our children receive the very best they can in their education. Thankyou for your ongoing support through donation payments and fundraising each and every school year.

Property update

We are still waiting for approval from the Ministry of our 5YA and 10YPP funding applications. We look 

forward to updating you on these projects once it is finally approved.

If you would like to get in touch with any BoT members please do not hesitate to send us a message on

BoT update-July 2020

Welcome back to term 3

As you will have seen from the BoT letter earlier this month, the BoT have received a notice of resignation from our Principal Julie Schumacher, with effect from the end of the 2020 school year.

For the last ten years, Clevedon School has been incredibly fortunate to have Julie as head of our school. She joined at a very challenging time, and over her tenure has not only turned a non-performing school around, but has also led it to be considered one of the higher performing schools in the country. She has set an aspirationally high level of teaching pedagogy, recognised by both her peers and by our staff.

Julie has created a  unique and vibrant learning community and encouraged our students to demonstrate our PRIDE values in all that they do. She has created a future focused learning environment that helps prepare our children for their future as lifelong learners. She has led professional development for teachers around the revised NZ curriculum and National Standards and has led Clevedon School to becoming one of the first "Visible Learning" certified schools in the world. During her time at Clevedon School, Julie has created a school environment and community that we can all be proud of.

Whilst Clevedon School will be sad to see Julie move on, we support her move whole-heartedly and believe she is incredibly well-positioned for success in her new role as a Director of The Education Group, a national education consultancy company working with schools across the country. She will be working with a number of Principals and schools, assisting them in their development across a range of areas.

Julie’s departure creates the opportunity for the school to seek to engage a new level of passion and energy from her replacement, setting the framework for all our teaching staff to continue to evolve and grow.  

The BoT has now commenced the important process of recruiting and appointing a new principal. It is considered best practice that an independent advisor be appointed to assist with this process. To this end, the BoT has appointed John Houston from Focus Education Limited as an external advisor to assist the BoT with the recruitment process. John has broad experience in the education system, and a strong knowledge and understanding of Clevedon School, which he can draw on during the appointment process. 

It’s likely that we will advertise the role in early August, with an anticipated appointment before the end of the current school year. We will of course keep the school community informed where appropriate.

Whilst a more appropriate acknowledgement will follow in due course, the BoT on behalf of our school community would like to sincerely thank Julie for her huge contribution to Clevedon School and wish her well in her new and exciting role. Her legacy will speak for itself.

If you would like to get in touch with any BoT members please do not hesitate to send us a message on

Principal's update

Term three is a generally busy term with a focus on learning over the next ten weeks. We have our annual build up to Ag Day as a feature of the school calendar. Hopefully many of you are able to participate and raise an animal this year despite the Covid lockdown disrupting everyone’s lives.

Due to the ongoing road works and disruption around the school back gate, we will be continuing our staggered finishing times until we hear from Watercare that they are done with work around the school. I personally thank you all for your support and assistance with this especially with the morning dropoff as we have seen a real calmness around the school and settled children as they arrive at school. If you are needing to come into school, please use our QR code at the gate to assist with contact tracing and feel free to walk your child to the classroom and meet the teacher. We are all aware, as we have seen recently in Victoria, that we do need to maintain our personal vigilance around hygiene, contact tracing and staying home when we are unwell. 

On Thursday of this week, we are launching our 2020 Geography-athon across the school. This is our annual fundraiser (in place of the fun run). Students will be bringing home sponsorship cards and we ask that you get in behind this event and help us to raise funds for the school. Covid-19 has hit us hard as a school. We have been unable to run the events we had planned and this is one way we can all work together to help our students learn as well as raise much needed school funds. We appreciate your support. 

We have some staffing updates for our community as follows:

Mrs Jalena Eade left us at the end of term two to go on maternity leave. She is expecting her second child in August and we wish her all the very best for this big occasion. 

Mr Melvin Din, our technology teacher, left us also at the end of last term. He has been presented with new opportunities and we wish him well as he embarks on some new endeavours which involve teaching online to international students.

Miss Maddy Taylor is taking over room 8 for the reminder of this school year. She has returned from overseas earlier in the year and we are so pleased to have her on staff.

Mrs Katie McAra is taking over the position of STEM teacher for the remainder of this year and will work first and foremost with the Kōwhai team and then hopefully we will be able to offer some specific programmes to our other year levels as Katie becomes more familiar with our school. Katie has worked at both Baverstock Oaks and Mission Heights Primary and we feel very lucky to have her expertise in our school.

As always, do keep in contact with your child’s teacher if there are any issues or concerns you need to discuss.

Digital curriculum

The BoT would like to thank Sam McKeown for her recent presentation at our BoT meeting regarding the implementation of the digital curriculum and how this is integrated into our teaching and learning programmes at school.  

The school is now half way through a three year plan for the implementation of this future focussed digital curriculum. So far, the school has set up a robotics room, carried out professional development in robotics, staff have gained digital passports, moved to BYOD from year 3 and above, and set up lunchtime coding clubs. They are currently reviewing the next 3 year plan.

Finance report

Statements have recently gone out to families for outstanding donation payments. Thank you to those families who have now made payment of their donations. A further 10% of donations have now been paid this month so at this point in time, 39% of school donations have been paid.

We rely on parents paying a donation per child, and fundraising throughout the year to help make up our budget shortfall. Payment plans are available and the school would be happy to work with you regarding this.

The BoT is looking forward to a settled and productive term with hopefully no more interruptions to learning. 

BoT Newsletters - June 2020

Principal's update

I want to begin by acknowledging and thanking all families for the work you have done with your children over the course of the covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown we experienced throughout March and April. We are experiencing the fruits of your positive parenting now that we are back at school. By and large our children are settled and happy at school and have quickly reorientated themselves with routines and expectations for learning. The staff are very mindful of the possibility of some anxious children and are finding, in fact, that almost everyone is well.

It has been a particularly hard time for our very newest children, who were unable to have their pre entry visits and establish those relationships with classmates and teachers. We are working on this now with parents and ensuring they are settling into school.

In this current situation, I am cognisant of the diverse situations families are finding themselves in with regard to employment and the impact this has on everyone. This is an appropriate time to discuss our school values of respect, diversity and empathy with your children. We want our students to understand that they need to respect privacy of others and the diversity of situations that are no one’s fault and empathise with those friends or classmates whose families might be experiencing hardship or difficulty. Very often children won't know specific circumstances but it is the way we approach others that counts - kindness towards each other is so very important.

As a staff, we are discussing how we are establishing a “new normal” at school post lockdown. We are conscious of the many positives that came out of the lockdown in terms of teaching and learning and want to ensure we are capturing the very best of these as we move forward. Our teacher voice, parent feedback and student voice is important to us at this time as we evaluate and review in order to move forward. Teachers are collecting student voice at school and they will be discussing with you at our upcoming 3 way conferences what worked well for your children and what you noticed about their learning during lockdown. Please do complete the Google form that is coming out so that we can actively discuss this when teachers see you on 18th and 19th June.

Our drop off and pick up organisation is settling and I thank you for your patience, which I understand is being tested at this time with the alert levels and our Watercare operations around the school. We envisage these will remain in place for some time as the works continue down Clevedon-Kawakawa Bay Rd. Any changes will be communicated as soon as we know about them.

As always, please do contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or queries around their learning and I look forward to catching up with some of you at the gate.

Welcome back from our BoT

The Board of Trustees (BoT) would like to welcome you all back to school after what, we are sure you would all agree, has been an unprecedented few weeks.  

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the teachers and staff for the incredible effort and commitment they have put into the operation and running our school during these times.  

Behind the scenes, the BoT have seen the level of organisation and work that our staff have dedicated to providing our kids with their online learning during Level 4, and then during the subsequent return of some children under Level 3. And as parents, it is fair to say that we all have a new appreciation of what is involved in teaching our children.  

Thanks is also necessary to all of our staff who ensured the school complied with the numerous Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education Covid-19 requirements. It is important for all of us to know that our children are in a safe environment and that their health and well being is paramount. It is evident that this has all been well thought out and communicated to our families.

While a lot of schools had to quickly adapt to online learning, our school was at a significant advantage being so prepared and up to speed with our existing e-learning programmes. We are sure that the Covid-19 online learning environment provided some significant and beneficial learnings by our teachers, children and also their families about how an online learning programme can work.

We would like to thank our school families for the efforts they have put in to helping the children learn during these last few weeks.  Your support of the staff and the school has been appreciated.

If you would like to get in touch with any BoT members please do not hesitate to send us a message on

Property report

At our recent BoT meeting, the school’s 10 year property plan (10YPP) was reviewed and has now been submitted to the Ministry for approval. The majority of the works that we are requesting funding for are deemed urgent and it has been recommended that they be completed over the next 12-18 months. These include lighting, electrical, refurbishment of toilets, flooring etc. We await Ministry approval for this.

Our current hall toilet upgrade that is currently in progress has now almost been finished. We look forward to being able to use the much improved facilities in the next couple of weeks.

The Board has completed a review of the school wastewater system in preparation for the connection to Watercare in the near future. The Ministry of Education will be working with us to complete any works needed around the school and we will keep you informed as and when these take place. As always, we will be working on minimal disruption to the learning for our students and staff.

An exciting bundle of $200,000k has been allocated to our school to continue the modernisation of our school and in particular classroom spaces. After much discussion and prioritising, we have agreed that the money will best serve our students at this time by being spent to upgrade rooms 11,12,13,15 and 16. This is really exciting as it will mean much needed carpet renewal, wall coverings, whiteboard cabinets and collaborative spaces. We will keep you updated as the project gets underway.

The school has also just received approval for funding to allow work space for our new Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). The LSC is a newly established role that 660 schools have received and we are lucky enough to be one of those schools. It is a Ministry requirement that a working space is provided for them preferably within the school administration block. The Ministry has provided us with funding and we will be taking the opportunity to rationalise the administration block to provide a more cohesive approach to facilities/meeting rooms which serve our students and you their whanau when we work together. This is exciting news for our school community. 

Working bee

The Property Subcommittee are now in the process of organising a working bee to give the school grounds and gardens an overdue spring clean. This was previously scheduled for March, but unfortunately had to be postponed as a result of the school's closure. Keep a watch out in the school notices for upcoming details…we would love to have as many people along to help keep our school looking great.

Swimming pool

It seems awhile off, but the Pool Committee are now on the lookout for some new committee members to get ready for our summer season. This is such an important community facility which we are grateful for the Pool Committee managing. In previous years a team of dedicated volunteers worked extremely hard to enable the school to retain the pool and allow it to be used by our school and become an integral part of our community.  

Some members of the current pool committee are now stepping down due to their children having left our school. If you are keen to be involved, or want to know more, please contact Megan Harper on

Finance report

At the latest BoT meeting, the 2020 budget was fully reviewed given that a number of revisions and adjustments had to be made to take into account a significant loss of revenue, loss of fundraising opportunities and changed costs due to lockdown etc. This reviewed budget was approved by the BoT.

At this point in time, only 29% of school donations have been paid. If donations remain at this level, we will need to consider making further reductions and cuts to our budget. We rely on parents paying a donation per child, and fundraising throughout the year to help make up our budget shortfall. Given that our fundraising opportunities have been reduced this year, we will now more than ever rely on payment of these donations. Payment plans are available and the school would be happy to work with you regarding this.

PTFA report

The events, activities and fundraising opportunities planned by the PTFA this year have been, like everything else majorly affected by covid-19.  

The PTFA will be regrouping in term 3 (or Level 1), to determine what events they will be able to provide to the school for the rest of the year. Obviously, this will depend on the covid-19 gathering restrictions etc but we are hoping to be able to bring you some memorable opportunities later in the year.