Kia ora e te whānau

Welcome to Term 2. I hope you and your whānau have had a great holiday break.

Swimming Pool Update
We are delighted to share that we have secured funding for the initial stage of our pool renovations, which will get our pool up and running again. Our Property Project Manager, Hayley Vink, is working with our pool contractor to get the ball rolling and the project underway.  We will keep you updated with progress.

Teacher Only Days
At our recent board meeting we ratified two upcoming Teacher Only Days.  The dates for these teacher only days are as follows (please note a change to the upcoming Teacher Only Day this term):

  • Tuesday 4th June 2024  (this is the Tuesday following King’s Birthday Holiday on Monday 3rd June)
  • Friday 25th October 2024 (this is the Friday prior to Labour Day Holiday on Monday 28th October)

On these days, there will be no classes for students as our teachers will be fully engaged in professional development.

The Ministry of Education has allocated these days for our teachers to focus on three key areas:

  • The New Zealand Curriculum refresh: This involves reviewing and updating our curriculum to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our students and aligns with the latest educational practices and developments.
  • The re-design of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa: This is a process aimed at refining and improving the curriculum for Māori-medium education to better reflect the cultural context and aspirations of Māori learners.
  • The NCEA Change Programme: This initiative focuses on enhancing the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) to better support student learning and prepare them for the challenges of the future.

We understand that these teacher only days may require adjustments to your schedules, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Policies for consultation with community
The Raglan Area School Board of Trustees reviews, amends and ratifies school policies according to our Raglan Area School Review Schedule. This schedule is on a three year cycle and each policy is reviewed once in this timeframe.  New policies are created and added as and when needed and are aligned with the (New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) Policy Framework.

As a part of this process, we publish the policies that are being reviewed in the current month for community review for your feedback and suggestions. The policies that have been reviewed over the last two months are below.  Please email by 10th May 2024 if you would like to provide any feedback.

D7 Child Protection Policy 

Sun Smart Policy-Reviewed

RAS Sports Teams Player Priority Policy

RAS Emergency Procedures Policy-Ready to Ratify

Trainee Teachers policy- Ready to Ratify

Travel Policy

Student Achievement
Please click below to see our most recent Analysis of Variance report for the whole school for 2023. This report is an annual requirement from the Ministry of Education and assists the Board and school leaders to track student progress and achievement with a view to making improvements and subsequently better outcomes for students.

2023 RAS Student Achievement – Analysis of Variance

Strategic Plan
Following our community consultation late last year we have built our Strategic Plan for 2024 & 2025.  This consists of six key areas of focus.

  1. Students are connected, resilient, resourceful and curious about learning opportunities.
  2. Quality and effective teaching, learning and assessment practices are embedded.
  3. Māori learners achieve and celebrate success acknowledging their identity, language and culture. 
  4. Respectful and inclusive relationships are visible in an environment committed to staff and student wellbeing and safety.
  5. School policies, procedures and practices are reviewed, digitally integrated and published. 
  6. Avenues to finance and resource school aspirations are actively pursued.

Click on the link below to see the full plan including more details on each area that  we aim to focus on.

RAS BoT Strategic Planning 2024/2025

Health Curriculum
It is a MOE requirement for schools to update their communities annually on how the Health Curriculum is being delivered. At Raglan Area School we seek to provide a caring, child friendly environment where students feel empowered to celebrate their successes in a bicultural environment. Opportunities are provided for students that promote a sense of self-­value and worth. All students are encouraged to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. This document provides some examples of how the Health curriculum is woven into our students’ learning.

RAS Statement 2024: Delivery of the Health Curriculum


Ngā mihi nui

David Duffin 

Raglan Area School Board of Trustees Presiding Member