The Board recently held its first meeting of term 4. You will already be aware of one decision – as the library was reported to be unsafe, the Board decided that it should be closed immediately. This is clearly an inconvenience, but a minor one in comparison to the imperative to ensure the safety of students and staff. Next steps will be considered following inspection by a qualified engineer.
Fees for 2017 will rise by 2% - unchanged in real terms, and adjusted only for inflation. The Board and management are looking closely at the cost structure of the school, aiming to ensure high quality teaching and learning at the lowest possible cost. This will not be achieved at the expense of teacher salaries, where the Board has asked the Head of School to continue working with teachers on a proposal that can be fair and transparent, and create longer term career pathways. The Board aims to agree a longer term plan for fees as part of its strategic planning exercise currently underway.
The Board and management are nearing a final decision about whether to extend Woodford to year 12 (Solomon Islands Form 7). While we are keen to offer a full educational program, the Board is concerned that this must be done to a high standard. We hope that a decision on this will be announced very shortly.
Finally, after two and one half years as chair – the longest serving chair for over 20 years – Greg Terrill has resigned to return with his family to Australia. Emily Follett was elected by the Board to replace Greg. Emily brings a wealth of experience to the position, through her experience as a diplomat, lawyer and having lived in a number of different countries. Emily is supported by a very strong Board. Please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or any one of us in person – we would love to hear from you.