BOT Annual Report / Chairman's Address to Senior Prizegiving 2016
Good evening to you all on one of the most important nights of our school year. It is a pleasure to attend tonight for my first time in the capacity as the Cambridge High School Board Chair.
I would firstly like to acknowledge all the students receiving awards tonight, well done to you all and you should be really proud of your achievements.
For our senior students it is a time of mixed emotions with the pressures of exams looming, study that goes with this, planning for the future and leaving CHS, a place that has become a safe and supporting environment surrounded by your friends.
As a board, working with our Principal and supported by the senior leadership team we are tasked with preparing our students for a world beyond the school gates. For many, our traditional learning techniques serve them well and helps them into employment or study.
For others however our traditional learning frameworks are not meeting their needs. The challenge for us is to prepare all our students so that when they leave school they leave with the skills and preparation to become valuable contributing members of society who can earn a good living wage or ready themselves for further studies. We must look at different learning methods for these students to keep them interested and motivated to achieve.
This will be a challenge for many going forward but there is a strong will by the board and staff for all students to do well at CHS.
One of the biggest challenges ahead is the increased roll as Cambridge grows. We are extremely lucky to have been granted funds from the Ministry of Education to carry out remedial work on some of our existing buildings and upgrade infrastructures at the school. The best news however is that we can replace one of our older blocks with a new two story building with modern learning environments. This building can no doubt be used for more conceptualised learning environments.
While we have made good advancements in our target areas, more work still needs to be done to raise Boys' literacy and Maori achievement overall.
Cambridge High School is currently moving into a Community of Learning with the other local Cambridge Schools. This is really exciting as it allows us to set shared goals and better prepare our students as they step through the various levels of education. Earlier assistance can be put in place for those students who need help.
2016 saw a new board being elected. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the board members for all their work this year. We have an outstanding group of people working hard to make sure that CHS remains one of, if not the top, schools in the Waikato. So thanks to our Principal Phil McCreery, Raewyn Jones, Richard Younger, Dana McDonald, Mike Henwood, Rachel Wallis, our outgoing student rep Lachie Scott and our new student rep Sam Scott. A special thanks to Judy Robinson who works very hard as the board secretary.
Our senior leadership team, whom we have had the pleasure to work with developing our strategic plan for the school, have done another outstanding year at CHS. We are lucky to have a group of experienced, passionate and enthusiastic leaders at the school doing the best for all our students. Thanks for all your hard work.
CHS holds its head way above other schools in relation to our Academic, Sporting and Arts achievements. None of this would be possible without our dedicated teachers and support staff that we have guiding and supporting our students as they learn and grow. As a board we really appreciate all your efforts and are grateful for the calibre of staff we have at Cambridge High.
Good luck to everyone who is sitting exams shortly and while it might seem a little early, Xmas is just a little over 7 weeks away. Take the time to relax and spend some time with friends and family and enjoy your break.
For our school leavers best wishes with your endeavours. I am sure your time at Cambridge High has prepared you well for the outside world. For our year 12 students we are looking forward to you stepping up as seniors in the school and working with our teaching staff to uphold the positive culture of Cambridge High and contributing in a positive way to your school.