Waitaki Herald : December 24th 2014
4 WAITAKI HERALD, DECEMBER 24, 2014 NEWS demanding for Waitaki Boys’ High School commissioner Nicola Hornsey, as she continues to work through issues at the school. Hornsey was appointed commissioner in October by the Ministry of Education after the school’s board of trustees was stood down after two independent Employment issues rife atWBHS A By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org ddressing employmentrelated complaints and grievances has proved reports and an Education Review Office report were critical of governance and management processes at the school. Since taking up the role Hornsey has prepared a scoping report and action plan to address issues at the school and recently released an intervention progress report to parents and caregivers of pupils. In her report, Hornsey noted the major issue that had taken up most of her time was addressing employment-related complaints Cracker crowd Hundreds of locals braved the rain to celebrate family, fun and Christmas with House of Breakthrough Oamaru on Saturday. Despite having to cancel several of the afternoon’s activities, many of the annual Christmas in the Park activities continued, including face-painting, tug o’ war, a Christmas choir and a barbecue. Reporter Nicola Wolfe was there to capture all the action. and grievances, and that the school ‘‘remains at risk’’ of further issues in relation to those. The New Zealand School Trustees Association will assist the school with a Good Employer review, which will commence in term one of the 2015 school year. Reviews of the hostel pastoral care programme and behaviour management systems, school student welfare system, student behaviour management system and disciplinary practices are also under way. Hornsey noted the concerns and complaints were being addressed as they arise, however improvements were still required in regards to communications and public relations. Terms of references for a ‘‘foren- sic review’’ into the school’s financial management and reporting systems are being finalised, with a tender process being considered. Deloitte has been appointed the school’s auditor for 2015, with an audit to be completed on behalf of the Office of the Auditor General. Hornsey said the audit is ‘‘quite separate’’ to the proposed forensic review. The final area of her report said an overarching framework of governance policies has been adopted and a compliance checklist developed to reduce the risk of illegal practices. All policies have been scheduled to be reviewed during 2015. Governance protocol meetings were held on November 27 and December 18. Forget the rain: Hundreds of Oamaru locals braved the rain to attend Christmas in the Park at Takaro Park on Sunday. Christmas lunch: Volunteers from House of Breakthrough Oamaru were ready with a smile to serve the barbecue. Under my umbrella: A little fall of rain didn’t deter families from enjoying the afternoon. Pretty as a picture: The face painting proved a popular activity. Heave! Ho!: The tug o’ war was one afternoon activity that went ahead and was great entertainment. Heats, semi-finals and a grand final were held between the Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Waitaki District Council, Oamaru Police, Elim Church, local gyms and House of Breakthrough. Slippery slide: The rain turned the bouncy slide into a water slide – and the kids couldn’t have been happier. Choir of great joy: Despite having to stop all music due to rain affecting the equipment, a choir from House of Breakthrough sang a number of carols acapella.
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