A Message from our Principal
This is the last letter for 2019. I would like to sincerely thank some of the people who have helped make it a very happy and successful year for our School. These people play a critical role in ensuring that our children are receiving the very best educational opportunities and are happy and safe at Freyberg Community School.
A very big thank you to our Board Chair, Avinseh Pillai, who competently supports and works behind the scenes to lead a board that has a genuine interest in the teaching and learning programmes and the care for our children. The support of Avinesh and the Board of Trustees genuinely does affect the quality of what happens here at Freyberg Community School. A very big thank you to Alex Lau, Ruth Osborne, Bevan Weir and Nick Simmons. You are doing a great job as Trustees and really looking after the staff and students at Freyberg.
Thank you to our Deputy Principals Maria Dopheide, Emma-Lea Graaf and Matt Allely. These senior managers have ably supported me over the last two years as I have lead the Te Atatu Community of Learning. Ms Dopheide has been Acting Principal during this time and she has effortlessly stepped in to the principal role. The senior managers' expertise, collegiality and support contributes greatly to the effectiveness of the school and the happy tone we enjoy at Freyberg.
A special thank you to our secretaries Juliette Prins, Sharon Callaghan and Rachael Temu. I know that you all support me in acknowledging their capable, caring and welcoming approach to everyone. They, along with our fantastic support staff, add great value to what happens here at Freyberg. We have fabulous Teacher Aides working with us at Freyberg - Molly Ong, Christine Neff, Claire Buchanan, Melanie Spackman and Hannah Kelly. Thank you for being such talented, happy and supportive staff. Our children are very lucky to have you.
Thank you too to our Community Education Director Linda Konik and our absolutely fantastic Caretaker Merv Dingley. Equally lovely people who are capable, flexible and add so much to our school family.
Our Fundraising Panel are proactive and vibrant people who allow teachers to access better resources, sports teams to use better sporting equipment and children to play on great playground equipment. They are pivotal in providing a better standard of education for our children and we are very appreciative of the time and energy they put in to our school.
Thanks to our syndicate leaders Keith Dove, Matt Reyland, Tess Hickling and Vikki Pearson. Under their leadership we have again this year seen real data and supported academic progress demonstrated across the syndicates. Thank you to our teachers and teacher aides who can deliver quality teaching and learning whilst still incorporating fun activities into their programmes. Their positive attitude is reflected in the positive children who attend our school. I am immensely proud of the fact that despite more and more being incorporated in to the curriculum that our teachers remain focused on the core business of learning and teaching. This is reflected in improved learning outcomes and positive, happy children and a very happy Principal!
Next year, Mr Dove will take on a pastoral role and we welcome Natasha Carlielle who will lead Team 4 as the new Team Leader.
This year has been extremely busy with productions and trips. The level of parental support is directly impacting on the quality of education and opportunities our children receive.
We continue to see lovely, spontaneous and happy children attend Freyberg and this makes us really proud to be part of this exciting, happy and busy school.
Thanks to everyone for a productive and successful year. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.
I look forward to 2020!!