Fernside School -The Future 2017 and Beyond
Predictions but not promises next ten years
Prediction 1 Future: School Roll
The school roll will continue to grow in line with new property development within the zone. The school roll will peak in 2017/18 with a maximum end of year roll of 295 pupils. The school roll should stabilise and settle around 280-300 pupils for the next three -five years.
(The most likely impact on the accuracy of this prediction is the planned building of a new school on the West of Rangiora. We do not however, expect the Fernside School roll to be significantly impacted.)
Prediction 2 Future: Building
In the next six months two roll growth classrooms will be added to the school. This is in response to the recent roll-growth. These classrooms are planned to be added to the middle syndicate and will be opened in Term 3.
Using the school's 5 Year Property Agreement with the Ministry, the Board will upgrade the administration and classroom block housing Room 6-8. This will be a Modern Learning environment. (But allowing for single class teaching as an option.) It will also involve small adjustments to the staff, administration and library areas to meet the changes in the school.
Prediction 3 Future: Curriculum
In the next five years the school will continue to embrace Modern Learning Pedagogy enhancing the collaborative teaching and learning environment.
Prediction 3 Future: Technology
By the end of 2018 BYOD (bring your own devices) will be operating at Fernside School. The ongoing purchase, maintenance and upgrading of technological devices for all students is beyond the budget of schools.
With a gradual decline in the cost of technology added to an increase in its usefulness means that by 2018, we will probably be in a situation where BYOD is adopted in the Senior School (Rooms 9-12.)
Fernside School has existed on the present site for 150 Years. It is our view that it will still be here in another 150 Years. But we suspect it may be a little different. One would expect the world will have changed in many ways. (Some well beyond our thinking and imagination.)
The Fernside School Board of Trustees are charged with drawing a ten year strategic plan. While this is predominantly aimed at planning for property maintenance it does force the school to look to the future and make some predictions.