Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Marise Crow

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Administration Manager and Community Liaison



General Information

I was very fortunate to be one of five foundation staff members; I can remember when our school site was just long green grass with line markings of our proposed buildings. The five of us worked for six months from an empty classroom in Bankwood Primary School until we officially moved into our new school in December 2007 – what a day that was!

My main role within our school is around student enrolments (pre-enrol, arrivals, departures and out-of-zone) and working closely with our local community to keep the lines of communication open. Some of the many ways this happens is by connecting and building relationships with our parents and families, working with migrant families who are new to our school and NZ and assisting our families who may have difficult circumstances requiring extra care and support. I am the main point of contact for families who may have Court Orders in place, ensuring this information is passed onto the relevant staff. I liaise with the classroom teachers over student’s’ well-being and each week attend an Administration Meeting involving the Principal, Deputy Principal, Executive Officer whereby we monitor and discuss student attendance. It is our aim to have an attendance rate of 94% present across the school.

I am also the staff liaison, organising greeting cards, celebration gifts and the occasional meal roster for any of our Te Totara Family (our staff) who may need some TLC.

I attend monthly Board of Trustee meetings as the BOT Secretary taking minutes and collating/distributing associated reports. I am also the Returning Officer for the BOT Triennial Elections.

Some other aspects of my role include: MOE Reporting, administration around our teacher vacancies, management of ENROL (National Student Number database), Mathletics School Roll, providing First Aid for our students and staff, preparing Year Level student stationery orders, school photos, Learning Plan Interview schedules, future Class Lists etc.

I am very lucky to be able to say that every day I look forward to coming into work, I am fortunate to work alongside four amazing ladies in the School Office who help make each day a great day.