Update 7th February 2021
Kia ora e te whānau
Thank you for your patience. We know certainty is important so we have been working hard to establish plans for the immediate and short term.
We have been locked out of the school grounds for up to three weeks. This is so investigations can be completed, services (power, water, fibre etc) can be reinstalled and the site cleared in preparation for our return.
School will be closed on Tuesday, 9 February for children to enable staff to meet and plan the way ahead.
We have been working with the Whakatāne District Council staff who have offered a number of facilities and services for our use.
From Wednesday, 10 February school will be based at the Whakatāne War Memorial Hall.
Children will need to come there, not to Apanui School.
Our Lunches in Schools programme is still operating so just brain food,hats, correct uniform, togs / towel and water bottles required. We will provide all stationery and learning resources.
Our management team have been putting together a programme for the first couple of weeks with a range of exciting activities both at the War Memorial Hall and at other venues around town (more details to come!)
We’ll keep you updated as we go. We trust you’ll appreciate there is a lot we don’t know at this stage. We are working closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure our tamariki get the opportunities they deserve. The upside is that this is an exciting opportunity to provide a wide range of learning for our children and something different.
We have had so many wonderful offers of help in terms of tidying up and getting the site tidy. We are unable to use volunteer help - the next stages are all managed externally, hence us all being moved off site. Thank you - your way to help is to be really positive with your children, talk to them, answer their questions and be excited about the 'New Apanui School' at the War Memorial Hall.
We will require parent help / supervision with some of the activities that we do - this will be shared in time. We are pretty sure the kids will have a ball and that this part of this journey will be memorable for them!
Welcome to Apanui School
Apanui School is a fantastic place. We have around 410 awesome children and 35 staff. We work hard as staff and parents to provide the best school that we can for each child. I love the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child'. This is so true - as adults we need to work together to give every child a rich range of experiences and an education that is supported both at home and school.
We encourage you to follow our school and class Facebook pages and to download the Skool Loop app. This will provide you with up to date information and all of our latest happenings.
At Apanui we focus on Literacy and Mathematics, but we also want to provide the children with relevant experiences in The Arts, Science, Social Science, Technology, Te Reo Māori, Health and Sports. We achieve this by having a wonderful team of teachers who are supported by the Board of Trustees, our parents and community. Our teachers use e-learning and strong teacher knowledge to assist the children to learn.
The Eastern Bay of Plenty is a great place for children to grow up. It is important the we acknowledge the past, our immediate outdoor environment and that we understand that the Eastern Bay is part of an amazing world. We want the children to understand that to be a positive member of society that we need a range of knowledge and fantastic social skills. Apanui School is a PB4L School. This means that we teach the children about positive behaviours / social skills that allow them to communicate and co-operate effectively in any setting, both now and in the future.
It is a privilege to be a school Principal. I have been a Principal for 18 years in schools throughout New Zealand and with a stint overseas. To assist in shaping the future of New Zealand is extremely rewarding - I love my job. I look forward to meeting you.
Regards - Simon Akroyd