Kia ora whanau, another week down with staff and whanau fully engaged in teaching and learning. If you haven't heard, there is a major strike across New Zealand for all Primary and Secondary schools on Wednesday 29th May. This will mean that our school will be closed for instruction on this day. We apologise for this inconvenience and hope that you support our staff for the betterment and future education of your tamariki. Thank you to all whanau that have there tamariki involved in sports, we have a lot of teams representing outr school for Touch, Miniball and Netball.
I have just received confirmation that the mega teacher strike is confirmed for May 29th. This means both primary and secondary teachers across the country will be on strike. I continue to be frustrated and saddened by the spin in the media - and from Chris Hipkins (Education Minister) around this issue. The minister just announced $95 million to attract new teachers. This is such a common marketing strategy. Offer a deal to get people to sign up - but don’t look after your existing customers! This $95 million to train new teachers does not stop the flood of teachers quitting. It does not solve the massive percentage of teachers who resign within the first 5 years. It does nothing to value our experienced, hard working teachers. It also does nothing to attract our top students to teaching - we want the best and brightest school leavers to be considering teaching!Some of the issues that remain for us are:
When Hipkins was in opposition - he talked about how low teacher salaries are, and the need for drastic action in education. Now he is in power - he is facing the largest strike action in memory. National’s Nikki Kay is talking about how bad the situation is, and how teachers deserve a pay jolt - but it seems easy to say things in opposition. A decade ago we used to get a 100 applicants for a teaching job. Principals could choose the best candidates to meet the needs of their school. Now - we see vacancies having no applicants at all. We have classes being split because we can’t find a reliever. We see jobs being readvertised over and over again. We have already battled this for a year. It has cost teachers thousands - and we seem to have made little headway. We know it’s frustrating for parents - and we hear the messages from the Minister that try to turn the public against us.
Please believe me that we are fighting for the education for your children. We have come too far to give up now. I am forever hopeful that the government will finally be courageous enough to invest properly in education. Step outside the standard and really rattle the cage! Fund us so that we can be world class. Fund us so every student can get the best education possible. So I understand that May 29th will be inconvenient. I expect it won’t be the last.
Please support us by going online and messaging anyone you can think of - Hipkins, Ardern - the Labour govt Facebook page - local MPs - anyone and everyone. Together let us be heard.
BOARD OF TRUSTEE NOMINATIONS
BOT Election time is here. Hopefully you have received information in the mail regarding the nominations. Nomination forms have been sent out to all eligible voters. These forms can be dropped off to the school office. If you have not received your nominations, we have some in the school office if you need.
Nominations close noon 24th May.
If there are more than 5 nominations there will be a vote.
Voting Papers sent by May 29th May
Voting closes noon 7th June
Votes counted 13th June