Kia ora Whānau,

As another busy year draws to a close, the Torbay School Board of Trustees would firstly like to acknowledge the effort, passion and dedication from our Principal, Teachers and Staff, all of whom make Torbay School such a special place of learning and development for our children.

This year saw an Education Review Office (ERO) team from the Ministry of Education come to inspect our school. Their report, following an intensive week of reviewing the leadership, teaching programmes, governing and management, was supportive of everything happening within Torbay School. Everyone associated with the school can be proud of this ERO report.

Torbay School continues to grow and thrive. In 2020 we will see the construction of a new block of classrooms, which will provide the children and teachers with a wonderful, modern learning space. This represents the culmination of many years’ work and we are excited that it will soon come to fruition.

This year the school has developed a strengthened association with the Oneroa Kāhui Ako, its local Community of Learning, which includes Glamorgan Primary, Long Bay Primary, Sherwood Primary, Oteha Valley School, Northcross Intermediate and Long Bay College. Our staff now have a significant presence on the Kāhui Ako, which can only benefit our community as we work together to share ideas and build on each others’ strengths and experiences.

In 2019 the whole school was involved in our production extravaganza. The Story of Māui the Sun and the Stars was a superb showcase for the talent and creativity of both staff and students. The production drew everyone together in a very positive way, and the energy and joy it brought the children was a pleasure to witness and a credit to the entire school community.

As always our PTA has worked tirelessly in 2019 to provide successful events to bring our community together, as well as many fundraising opportunities. One of these was the incredible Torbay Challenge and its impressive, muddy and fun obstacle course. We would like to thank everyone who helped organise and build this event. We would also like to acknowledge the long and dedicated service given by Megan Sadler (PTA Chair), who leaves as this year as her youngest children graduate.

Finally, we would like to wish our Year 6 graduating students all the very best for their ongoing journey in education. May everyone have a happy and safe summer and we look forward to another great year in 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Torbay School Board of Trustees