Proposal to combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School

Principal Appointed for St Francis of Assisi Catholic School (9 September 2015)

 

Alison Wilkie, EBoT Chairperson, informed the community of the following ...

As you are aware we have been meeting and focussing on the appointment of a new Principal to lead Saint Francis of Assisi School in 2016.We were in the fortunate position to have received a large number of applications for the position, of very high calibre.

After a robust process we are pleased to announce that Jo Earl will be the new Principal.You will understand the enormity of the role, and Jo has kindly agreed to work with the EBOT prior to her start date of 2nd November.  During this period she will be transitioning from one school to another.

Jo Earl fully understands the work ahead and will work tirelessly for and on behalf of the children, staff and parents of Saint Francis of Assisi School.To find out more about Jo Earl please visit our St Francis of Assisi School Website.

 

 

Website for St Francis of Assisi Catholic School (31 July 2015)

 

Here is the website for St Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

 

 

Esatblishment Board (EBoT) for St Francis of Assisi Catholic School (20 July 2015)

 

Section 98(1) (a) of the Education Act 1989 permits the Minister of Education to appoint 5 people to the board of a newly established state school. Ministry regional office staff, and representatives from NZSTA, the local Iwi and the Catholic Education Office Christchurch considered the nominations, using a matrix evaluation spreadsheet. In assessing the nominations, consideration was given to the following criteria based on the information supplied by the nominees:

 

  • the nominee’s education experience/knowledge
  • relevant board of trustees or governance experience and/or work related skills
  • whether the nominee lives locally and has links with a prospective student
  • the time available to do the job
  • network and community links

 

Consideration was also given to achieving a suitable mix of people with skills and experience, time available and, as far as possible, an appropriate balance of ethnicity and gender. There was a strong field of extremely well qualified people for the EBoT and the following people have been appointed:

 

  • GARDINER Liz
  • MORGAN Bill
  • MUSIC Tom
  • TIPPEN Matt
  • WILKIE Alison

 

 

 

Future of Catholic Primary Schooling in Mairehau Parish Confirmed (10 July 2015)

 

The future of Catholic primary schooling in the Parish of Mairehau has been confirmed with the signing of the integration agreement, for St Francis of Assisi Catholic School, between the Minister of Education and the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Barry Jones. The integration agreement was signed on 6 July 2015 and the effective date of integration is 10 July 2015.

 

 

Establishment Board of Trustees – Registration of Interest

 

Registration of interest information for Independent Trustees for Ministerial Appointment to the Board of Trustees to govern the proposed establishment of a new state integrated school, St Francis of Assisi Catholic School in the Mairehau Parish of Christchurch.

 

 

Future of Catholic Primary Schooling in Mairehau Parish (16 December 2014)

 

A new Catholic primary school is proposed to open in early 2016 in Christchurch.

 

This follows from the decision of the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, to support the proposal of the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch, Barry Jones, to cancel the integration agreements for Our Lady of Fatima and St Paul’s School. The recommendation was made after extensive consultation by the Bishop.

 

Minister Parata’s letter to the Bishop Jones is here

 

Both schools will close on 27 January 2016 ahead of the proposed opening of a new school on the Our Lady of Fatima site to meet the ongoing requirements of Catholic primary schooling in the St Francis of Assisi parish.

 

The move was initially prompted by the red-zoning of St Paul’s in Dallington.

 

“I want to see a new school that draws on the contributions of both Our Lady of Fatima School and St Paul’s School. This is a decision that will allow me to invest in the future of Catholic primary schooling in the Parish of Mairehau, ensuring the best use of our resources within a modern teaching and learning environment,” Bishop Jones said.

 

“I am applying to establish and integrate this new school to be located on the current Our Lady of Fatima School site. The new school would be operational from Term 1, 2016. I would like to achieve this in a collaborative way where both school communities contribute to the new parish school.”

 

Bishop Jones’ letter to parents is found here

 

The Ministry of Education staff will provide support to schools, staff and the community throughout the transition process.

 

Ministry of Education Fact sheets:

  1. Indicative Timeline
  2. Contacts
  3. Estabishment Board of Trustees (EBoT)
  4. EDI Funding
  5. Staff Messages
  6. Supporting Students to Transition
  7. Change Mananger and Residual Agent
  8. Wellbeing and Workforce Support

 

 

Community Statement (22 October 2014)

Click here for the latest (22 October 2014) community update.

 

 

Community Statement - St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School (11 June 2014)

 
The future of schooling in the parish of Mairehau is a step closer following the Minister of Education's consideration of the proposal from the Bishop for the cancellation of the integration agreement of both St Paul's and Our Lady of Fatima schools and the establishment and integration of a new state integrated school.
 
This Bishop's proposal was made following three rounds of community consultation, undertaken by the Bishop of Christchurch, Barry Jones, on a proposal to combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School to form a new school on the current site of Our Lady of Fatima School on Innes Road.
 
Click here for the Bishop's cover letter to the Minister.
 
Click here for the Bishop's report to the Minister.
 
Click here for the Minister's letter to the Bishop.
 
On behalf of the Minister, the Ministry will now undertake its consultation, before a final decision is made on the Bishop's proposal.
 
The Ministry's consultation is with the boards of state and state-integrated schools whose rolls might be affected, and is expected to take about four weeks.
 
The Minister has asked that two options for the implementation timeframe be included as part of the consultation. Two possible dates for implementation of the change are the start of term 3, 2015 and the start of term 1, 2016.If the final decision is that the change takes place during 2015, schooling will need to operate from two sites while building work is completed.
 
After the Ministry's consultation, the Minister will then make a final decision about the proposed change and work would begin as soon as possible to implement it.  
 
 
Mike Nolan
11 June 2014

 

 
 
 

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School Design Plans (16 April 2014)

 
 
Design plans website : to access the Bishop's design plans website, click here
 
In this stage of the Bishop's development of the St Francis of Assisi parish and school site we are pleased to present the architectural design response to the feedback received from the previous consultation on the prior design concept.
 
The website relates to the architectural design response to the feedback on the:
 
·          site development;
·          classroom blocks; and
·          administration/library area on the ground floor of the two storey classroom block.
 
The format provides the feedback and the response – in both words and plan designs.
 
The development of the two new classroom blocks for the St Francis of Assisi parish and school site is now confirmed.
 
Resource consent has been lodged with the Christchurch City Council and detailed design of the two new classroom blocks is 75% complete.
 
Please note : The development of the parish church, parish centre and school multipurpose/hall space will be addressed by the St Francis of Assisi Project Control Group as they continue the process of considering all matters relating to the development of site.
 
Design plans website : to access the Bishop's design plans website, click here
 

 

 

 

Our Lady of Fatima School School & St Francis of Assisi Parish, Mairehau (11 April 2014)

Click here for the latest (11 April 2014) community update on the new position of the church and associated matters.

 

 

 

 

 Agreement in Principle and a Third and Final Round of Consultation (October 2013)

 
Following the earthquakes and the red-zoning of St Paul's School, Dallington, the Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Barry Jones, undertook two rounds of community consultation on a proposal to combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School to form a new school on the current site of Our Lady of Fatima School in Mairehau.
 
Education Minister Hekia Parata has previously agreed in principle to Bishop Barry Jones' request for the provision of:
 
·          a new state integrated full primary school entity (to be named St Francis of Assisi Catholic School),
·          with a maximum roll of 495 students,
·          situated on the St Francis of Assisi Parish site at 370 Innes Road,
·          commencing in term 1, 2016.
 
Click here for the second community consultation report.
 
Click here for Bishop Barry Jones' cover letter to the Minister of Education.
 
Click here for Bishop Barry Jones' report to the Minister of Education.
 
Education Minister Hekia Parata has agreed in principle to the Bishop's request for a third and final round of consultation.
 
Click here for the Minister's letter to the Bishop.
 
The Bishop will now undertake a third and final round of consultation on two options for developing this Catholic schooling provision:
 
Option A:           Cancel the integration agreements for both current schools and establish a new state integrated school on the current Our Lady of Fatima School site. In this option all positions at both schools would be terminated and positions at the new school would be advertised nationally.
 
Option B:           Cancel the integration agreement and close St Paul's School and increase the maximum roll of Our Lady of Fatima School and manage the staffing of the larger (and re-named) Our Lady of Fatima School as a merger. In this option the staff from both schools would have the first option of equivalent positions in the 'new schooling entity' with the principal's position being advertised nationally. This option could only apply in the event that both boards and all staff unanimously support this as the appropriate option.
 
This further round of consultation is limited to the affected parties - the boards of trustees (the employers) and the staff (the employees) of the two schools.
 
 
Bishop Barry Jones has confirmed that this consultation process is to conclude at 5.00pm on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

 

 

 

 

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School Design Concept Consultation Website

 

 
Consultation website: to access the Bishop's “have your say” website, click here
 
Background Information and Introduction
 
The following is provided by way of background information and introduction to the consultation website:
 
In this stage in the Bishop's development planning for the new teaching spaces/classrooms that will be designed and built at St Francis of Assisi Catholic School we are primarily seeking input from the teaching professionals of St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School.
 
That said, we also seek input from the parent and wider St Francis of Assisi Catholic parish community. The closing date for comment/feedback will be Friday 25 October 2013.
 
The essential educational question to be answered is as follows :
 
Which of the two modern learning environment approaches do the teaching professionals see as best supporting the teaching and learning philosophy that might underpin and cater for the learning needs of the students of St Francis of Assisi Catholic School:
 
1.      A home-based learning environment; or
2.      An open learning environment?
 
In addition, we seek general comment on :
 
1.      The bulk and location of buildings on the site.
2.      The proposed layout of the ground floor of the Administration & Library block.
3.      The “feel” of the proposed design and its layout.
 
Please note :
 
At this stage of the process no detail has been provided regarding the design of the new hall/multipurpose space. The relation to, and influence of, the hall/multipurpose space to the new parish church will inform the design of the school's hall/multipurpose space. Input and feedback on this element of the new school design will be sought, by the Bishop, in due course.
 
Consultation website: to access the Bishop's “have your say” website, click here

 

 
 
 
Agreement in Principle and a Further Round of Consultation (25 June 2013)
 
Following the earthquakes and the red-zoning of St Paul's School, Dallington, the Catholic Diocese undertook a community consultation on a proposal to combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School to form a new school on the current site of Our Lady of Fatima School in Mairehau.
 
Click here for the community consultation report.
 
After considering the community consultation report, the Bishop of Christchurch requested the Minister of Education to give consideration to agreeing to the provision of:
 
·          a new state integrated full primary school entity (to be named St Francis of Assisi Catholic School),
·          with a maximum roll of 495 students,
·          situated on the St Francis of Assisi Parish site at 370 Innes Road,
·          commencing in term 1, 2016.
 
Click here for Bishop Barry Jones' report to the Minister of Education.
 
Education Minister Hekia Parata has agreed in principle to the Bishop's request.
 
Click here for the Minister's letter to the Bishop.
Click here for the Bishop's letter of clarification to the Minister.
Click here for the Minister's letter to the Bishop's letter of clarification.
 
The Bishop will now undertake a further round of consultation on three options for developing this Catholic schooling provision:
 
Option 1:           Cancel the integration agreements for both current schools and establish a new state integrated school on the current Our Lady of Fatima School site. In this option all positions at both schools would be terminated and positions at the new school would be advertised nationally.
 
Option 2:           Cancel the integration agreement and close St Paul's School and increase the maximum roll of Our Lady of Fatima School and re-name the larger 'new school entity'. In this option the staff of St Paul's School would lose their positions and the new positions at Our Lady of Fatima School would be advertised nationally.
 
Option 3:           Cancel the integration agreement and close St Paul's School and increase the maximum roll of Our Lady of Fatima School and manage the staffing of the larger (and re-named) Our Lady of Fatima School as a merger. In this option the staff from both schools would have the first option of equivalent positions in the 'new schooling entity' with the principal's position being advertised nationally. This option could only apply in the event that both boards and all staff unanimously support this as the appropriate option.
 
This further round of consultation is limited to the affected parties - the boards of trustees (the employers) and the staff (the employees) of the two schools.

 

(25 June 2013)

 

 

 

Proposal to Combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School

 

Please find (below) various documents relating to the proposal to combine St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School

 

Community consultation response form (pdf document)  ... click here

 

Community consultation response form (Microsoft Word document)   ... click here

 

A "plain English", one-page executive summary of the proposal ... click here

 

Supplementary questions and answers  ... click here

 

Opening message from Bishop Barry Jones  ... click here

 

Opening prayer from Bishop Barry Jones  ... click here

 

Detailed information on the proposal  ... click here

 

Appendix 1 (population gains in the Catholic Parish of Mairehau)  ... click here

 

Appendix 2 (student distribution maps for St Paul's School and Our Lady of Fatima School)  ... click here

 

Appendix 3 (three possible site plan options & examples of modern learning environments)  ... click here and here

 

Appendix 4 (further questions and answers)  ... click here

 

Agenda for the Opening Community Consultation Meeting ... click here