However, we are also aware that there are some challenges for families that have in the past prevented people from being able to invest in their local school; a school that is fast achieving recognition as a provider of quality learning experiences and producing academic success. Our school vision, our values and our rich school curriculum have provided children with a quality education for many years.
As a BOT we would like to remove some of the challenges that have prevented families from enrolling their children at Waikino School, and we have begun to explore and pursue strategies which will help make it possible for families to invest locally.
To do this the Waikino School BOT has recently made an application with the Ministry of Education to begin an after school programme, Monday to Friday at the school. We have also made an application to be able to provide a school holiday programme for families who have to work over the school holidays.
This service is referred to as the OSCAR programme officially. We expect to be able to inform our community early in 2015 of the success of this application.
In addition the Wakino School BOT has agreed to conduct a feasibility survey, which seeks to find out how many families would use a school bus service-a van owned, serviced and run by the school-which would provide transport to and from school for our Waikino School families. There are a number of advantages in running such a service, such as for example children not having to begin their school day so early, as they are required to now when using the current bus service run for local schools-which many people have indicated plays heavily on their decision making, especially for enrolling children at the new entrant and junior school levels-as it can make for an extra long day. Another advantage of the service is that our school children would be picked up and dropped off at their door, which creates a lot less hassle for families.
If you are interested in seeing the Waikino School BOT pursue a school bus service for it's families, then please take the time to complete this short online survey. Your voice and thinking is as always important and of value to us.