How the School Works

How the School Works

New Zealand schools are set up to give the community a say in deciding how their school works.

The school is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of parent representatives, a teacher representative and the Principal. The role of the Board is set by the Government, which requires it to set the strategic direction of the school, ensure that the school complies with a number of regulations and governs all aspects of the management of the school. Trustees govern portfolios of property, finance, human resources, self review, curriculum and communication.

The Principal is responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the school, in line with the strategic direction and policies.

The Principal and teaching staff are the education experts. They develop learning programmes based on the national curriculum to help your child succeed and reach their potential. Teachers manage what goes on in the classroom each daywhat is taught, and how it’s taught. They manage children’s behaviour and care for your child during school time.

The school is divided into two Areas; the Senior Area (Year 5-8) and the Junior Area (Year 1-4). Each Area is broken up into two syndicates. The Senior syndicate (Year 7 and 8), the Upper Middle Syndicate (Year 5 and 6), the Lower Middle Syndicate (Year 3 and 4) and the Junior Syndicate (Year 1 and 2). Each Area and syndicate has designated leaders who have overall responsibility for their area or syndicate.

Parents are encouraged to become part of the school world and to help with their child’s learning at home. Parent ideas, concerns, needs and aspirations make the school a special and unique place.

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Parents take a keen interest in the school and a large number of parents contribute their time and expertise, on the Board of Trustees, the Parent Teacher Association, as parent helpers in the classroom and on trips, as sports coaches and in many other ways.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is independent of the school, but provides an important supporting function. All parents and teachers can join the PTA, which meets regularly to discuss and act on items of interest which are relevant to children, school life and the school community.

At Kelburn Normal, the PTA:

  • provides a channel for parents to learn more about how the school works and how they can contribute
  • provides social events which help to build and strengthen the school community
  • makes a significant contribution to the school by fundraising for resources.

Kelburn Out of School Care (KOSC) is also independent of the school, and provides another valuable supporting function by running an after school care programme and a holiday programme within the school grounds. It is governed by the Kelburn Out of School Care Trust (KOSCT) and is managed by a committee of volunteer user parents.

The school also has fee-paying international students, predominantly from Korea, who enjoy a comprehensive and focused programme of studies within their class. They also attend sessions with our English as a second language (ESOL) specialist.

The wider community makes frequent use of the school facilities for meetings, after school care, holiday programmes, cultural and sporting activities. The school, in turn, is interested in strengthening links with the community and helping students understand their community better. We welcome ideas of ways the school and community can work together. Some examples include Victoria University teaching staff occasionally visiting to speak to interested students or judging science competitions and Botanic Garden staff providing information on the historic flora of the school’s gully. Contact the Principal with your ideas.