Susannah Fowler's blog

Keeping Connected to Change

In our attempt to make sure everyone is informed about what is going on at school, we have the following methods of comunication-

- our school App (details of which are on this website)

- our school Bulletin, which is sent home weekly, via the App or via email

- team and class newsletters, which come home at the beginning of each term

and of course, our school website.

A New Year, A New School

2016 has got off to a busy start and we are all now housed in our temporary accommodation.  The storage has been sorted and this abnormal situations as become....well, normal.

Our students have adapted to the smaller play area and everyone is slowing getting use to where things are temporarily placed.  There is less of 'which building is that??' and also less of the 'I wouldn't have a clue where that is stored'.

Things Are Really Starting to Happen!

We now have to be out of our school by the end of August, which is a bit sooner than we had previously believed!  The fire sprinkler system is to be decommisioned by this time and that will make the building unuseable due to safety and Building Warrant of Fitness requirements.  All those events that we had planned for our school after that time, will be cancelled and although we are working really hard to make sure we can provide all the things we have in the past, the reality is some things will have to slide.  The Year 7 & 8 'Ball' will be cancelled and it is unlikely t

Things Are Really Starting to Happen!

We now have to be out of our school by the end of August, which is a bit sooner than we had previously believed!  The fire sprinkler system is to be decommisioned by this time and that will make the building unuseable due to safety and Building Warrant of Fitness requirements.  All those events that we had planned for our school after that time, will be cancelled and although we are working really hard to make sure we can provide all the things we have in the past, the reality is some things will have to slide.  The Year 7 & 8 'Ball' will be cancelled and it is unlikely t

We appear in the NZ Herald today...

There was an article today in the Herald, regarding our leaky school containing information that was not confirmed, nor questioned by either the journalist, nor the paper.  Many of the main points of the article were factually incorrect, nothing new was disclosed that had not been part of Minister Kaye's announcement to our community last year and as it turns out, the tradesman who had visited our school is subject to the MOE confidentiality clause when provided with the information to allow him to tender for the job.

More Relocatable Classrooms......

Late Sunday night, another relocatable classroom arrived on site and was placed in a tiny back corner of the school.  The driver of that house moving truck managed to negotiate rather successfully, considering we were in the throws of Cyclone Pam.  The truck that brought in the footings, however, was not so successful and managed to bog to the axles in our previously swampy adventure playground.  The house moving company then proceeded to pull their truck out, using a tractor and I walked away as the truck slid tenuiously close to the retaining wall.  The house moving co

Welcome Back to 2015!

Thanks to everyone for such a smooth start to the new year.  We have had the majority of our students turn up prepared, in uniform, with their stationery and ready to go.  That can be directly attributed to our parents and we thank you.

THE REBUILD IS ANNOUNCED!!!

A multi-million dollar upgrade has been confirmed for The Gardens School in Manurewa by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
 
Ms Parata says the redevelopment is expected to cost up to $22 million and is a significant commitment to the school and its community.
 
“This will help ensure The Gardens is a school where the kids from the local community can continue to get a great education.
 

Our Own Miss Gifford is News Worth-ily Famous

You may have seen the Herald article recently about enrolment schemes, where Kate made comment about a fraudulent enrolment application that we had received.  Sadly, we are required to look far more closely than is healthy into enrolments that are not straight forward and even more sadly, we uncover a disappointing amount of fraud.  My estimation is that our office ladies would question at least one unusual enrolment per week, which is not always received happily by the people trying to enrol.

Back for Term Three

Lovely to see everyone back at school for the third term.  It has been rather cold, but we have been lucky to have had such a dry winter so far, with very little 'damp' inside the buildings and only a few new leaks or existing wet areas.  We are expecting that there will be some action on our playground relocation and development during this term and we are also looking forward to the table tennis club starting up in Kotuku 2 during lunch breaks..

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