From our President, Deidre Alderson

This is our last newsletter for 2014. At risk of sounding flippant, its been an interesting year… but I won’t ruminate here – something for you to look forward to in my final speech at the April AGM 🙂


We had a great turn out of principals and senior leaders for our annual APPA luncheon to celebrate 2014 and the APPA award recipients.  Our congratulations to:

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Fellow of the APPA

  • Jill Corkin (Snells Beach School) 
  • Iain Taylor (Manurewa Intermediate) 
  • John McGowan (Campbells Bay Primary School) 
  • Anthony Noble-Campbell (Mangere East School) 
  • Nicola Girling (Hillsborough School)
  • Rex Buckley (Kingsford Primary School)
  • Maree Bathurst (Albany Primary School)
  • Heather Atkinson (Waitakere Primary School)
  • Barry Duckworth (retired – Bombay School)

Distinguished Fellow of the APPA

  • Liz Horgan (St Joseph’s Primary School, Otahuhu)

appa luncheon 2014 4Our guest speaker was Tristan Pang aged 13 years. Tristan is currently head boy at Ficino School and will start full time university studies in 2015. Tristan spoke about his passion for learning, his interest in helping others understand mathematics and his learning journey.
Have a look at Tristan’s Learning Hub:

IES – Community of Schools

Like so many initiatives brought about in haste, new or reworked Community of Schools facts have emerged at the same time as the Ministry’s request for schools to create a Community and submit an Expression of Interest. Changes to the IES through the Secondary Teachers’ bargaining focus mainly on changes to allowances, including the $1000 per annum per school grant which may be pooled by the Community to buy in expertise.

Another notable change is the appointment of the Within School Teacher role by the employing Board with outside help if required (possible use of the $1000 grant?) and the possibility for a cluster to request an alternative arrangement for the employment of a CoS leader. It is important to note that this is only in special circumstances and would need the approval of the Secretary of Education.

You can keep up to date with the details relating to the IES by visiting the following sites:

Music Festival

appa music festivalOur congratulations to Sheryl Fletcher, the APPA Music Festival organisers and conductors for yet another outstanding week of celebrating the talents of primary and intermediate school children from across 100 Auckland schools.  On the night I attended I was mesmerised by the synchronisation of every child as they showcased their wonderful vocal or musical talents. I am positive that this extremely high standard was mirrored on each of the eight nights.

Such an occasion, to sing at the town hall, in front of a full house would surely be a childhood highlight.

We are looking forward to celebrating with the APPA schools the 75th APPA Music Festival Anniversary in 2015.


Concerns regarding both organisations were highlighted recently NZPF flyers.

Decile Rankings

decileThe near 50% adjustment in decile rankings of Auckland schools highlighted the changing demographic nature of Auckland and the issues faced in many of our schools. For a number of schools, the socio economic changes over the past 5 years have been recognised with ranking changes of -2 or more.

The decile indicators used in the decile recalculation include: 
• Household income – households with income in the lowest 20 percent nationally
• Parental occupation – percentage of parents in lowest occupational groups
• Household crowding
• Parental qualifications – percentage of parents with no educational qualifications
• Parental benefits – percentage of parents receiving income support benefits

The sum of the 5 ranks is added, with a lower number implying less-disadvantage.

For example, in 2014 on the measure of household income Canterbury (27) is not as disadvantaged as Auckland (43) (referenced from ‘Average Ranks of Decile Indicators, by Education Region and Year of Recalculation’).

Deciles were recalculated on the 2014 Census information using the ‘meshblock’ system. This takes a snapshot of around 50 households in the schools’ area. It is the specific meshblocks where students live, not the general area around the school that is used to calculate the decile.

Unfortunately the significance of the Auckland recalculation trend may of had a detrimental effect on other areas of New Zealand experiencing similar issues. It appears that their rankings may have been ‘bumped up’ due to Auckland’s identified needs.

Resource Links:

Decile ratings Q& A

Operational funding calculator

Chapter 1: Operational funding (staffing, funding and allowances handbook)

Appendix 1: Operational funding rates for 2015 and 2014

British Principals’ Tour to Auckland 2015

cheer-up-chaps-the-british-are-comingIn October 2015, 33 visiting British principals, (24 primary) will descend upon us! The purpose of their visit is to form relationships with Auckland schools in order to enquire into our current schooling system and curriculum. This is a fantastic opportunity for APPA members to develop understandings of the current English system and to forge relationships between schools.

We would like to establish a network of schools across Auckland who would be interested in building such a relationship and hosting a group a for a half day visit. We will also provide opportunities for all principals to meet and work together.
More about this early next year…

Wishing you a happy holiday

summer christmasThe APPA executive wishes you all a peaceful (if desired) or hectic (if required) holiday time. Enjoy the break and make sure you holiday properly!
To those of you leaving/retiring this year, thank you for your service to the education of our Auckland children. We wish you the very best for the future.

Hei konā mai

Deidre Alderson  


APPA Speech Competition 2015 Dates

Year 5/6 English Monday 21 September

Year 7/8 English Wednesday 23 September

Both at Royal Oak primary School

Kind regards

Linley Bruce, Speech Convenor

2014 Principal Retirees

Jon JohnsonKaraka School
Jennie MooreWaioneke School
Lee HopkirkMilford School
Christine WargentMarlborough Primary School
Bruce DaleHenderson Intermediate
Tony WalshPasadena Intermediate
Louis GuyNZEI Principals Advisor
Judy HannaMangere Bridge
Heather HamptonNga Iwi
Ken McKayOur Lady Star of the Sea
Margaret DohertyHobsonville School
Robyn DunseathGlendene School
Philip CortesiSt Annes Manurewa
Bruce LawsOrewa North Primary School 
Viv CollinsSilverdale School 
Robyn PivacMarist School, Herne Bay
Stuart MyersPakuranga Intermediate
Paul DaleySancta Maria College
Ginty BigwoodPigeon Mountain Primary
Brenda MaugerSt Therese Mt Roskill
Shirley HardcastleDevonport Primary
Mary KedzlieSt Leo’s Catholic School

A Word from our Sponsors


SKIDSlogoThank you for your support over the year. The year has nearly come to an end and sKids have had an awesome year. We now have over 4000 children kids attending our programmes nationwide.

We love inspiring our children and enriching their lives by delivering quality before school, after school and holiday programmes that help our kids thrive and grow, giving them life-skills that will serve them for years to come. We always strive to create a fun and safe environment that our kids just love. And this we achieve through the character and commitment of our people, our relationships within the wider school community and the quality of the programmes we deliver to our children on site every day.

What we do at sKids makes a real difference to our kids, their parents, whanau, communities and ultimately the future of our whole nation. We would like to share what we have been up to with you. Below is a link to our community newsletter:

Often term 4 is the time you assess your Out of School requirements so please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Bartels on 0800 754 372 or and I would love to provide you with more information.

Hope you have a great Christmas break and an amazing new year!! We look forward to working with you in the new year.

Chris Bartel

sKids – Safe Kids in Daily Supervision Ltd
Tel: (09) 576-6602
Fax: (09) 576-9902
Mob: 021-974-221

Distinction Furniture

Distinctionlogo72Well the rumour mill is churning and Dorothy and I wanted to ensure that the correct information was being delivered to all.

Hamish Whyte, as an individual, has purchased Distinction Furniture. This is not a merger of Furnware and Distinction and the two key players in New Zealand’s education marketplace will continue to operate as separate and competing companies.

The acquisition came about as a result of retirement and succession planning undertaken by Dorothy and myself. An approach was made to Hamish and an acquisition agreement reached. As a result of this, Hamish took ownership of Distinction on October 31st 2014.

Myself and Dorothy will continue working in the business with me taking on the role of General Manager and Dorothy continuing in a sales role.

The operation of Distinction Furniture will carry on as business as normal with the same people (including the return of Suzanne Roxburgh-Blair), same service and deliverables to its customers. The acquisition is an investment decision and Mr Whyte will not participate in the business in an operational manner.

It was vitally important to Dorothy and I that our products continued to be made in NZ, and in Hamish, we found a buyer who is as passionate as we are about NZ manufacturers.

Furnware and Distinction have been, and will continue to be, strong competitors, locally owned and operated with manufacturing bases in New Zealand.

Thank you to all of you that have supported Distinction under our ownership and we look forward to continuing working with you in the future.

Kindest regards

Julie Carter & Dorothy Pearce

Learning Network NZ – 2015 Learning Packages

Learning Network logoLearning Network NZ have 3 quality professional development packages that will inspire, connect and effect change on a personal and wider community scale.

Join a professional learning network for a year-long journey of practice:

  • Building Leadership Capacity of Mathematics in your School with Helen Walters 
  • Building Leadership Agency in your School with Joan Baker 
  • Developing a Thinking & Learning Toolkit for primary and secondary students with Graham Watts 

International Research Giant visiting NZ shores

Learning Network NZ are bringing CAROL DWECK to NZ in 2015 – Teaching for Intelligent MINDSETS
“I have always been deeply moved by outstanding achievement and saddened by wasted potential”
Join Carol, + GUY CLAXTON, and a notable Kiwi with a growth mindset. Find out how a growth MINDSET creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

  • AUCKLAND 13 March
  • WELLINGTON 16 March
  • CHRISTCHURCH 18 March 

Following on from this….

James Anderson – MINDSET: How to think like a growth mindset teacher
AUCKLAND 16 June 2015
Translate the MINDSET ideas Carol Dweck explains in her research into practical and powerful classroom strategies.

Kate Harland Dip (Tchg), BEd (Tchg)
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Learning Network NZ

T: (09) 835 0912 / 0800 GO WEST I M: 021 111 3332 I F: (09) 835 0918

University of Auckland – Faculty of Education

aucklanduniversityTo principals, school leaders and aspiring leaders,

In 2015, The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership are setting out to more purposefully influence New Zealand leaders by running introductory two-day courses on Open-to-learning™ Conversations and three-day Introductory Growing Great Leaders™ courses around the country. These are aimed at leaders from any sector (though our research base is related to primary and secondary school leadership), and at any level – principals, senior and middle leaders. They are also very relevant for aspiring leaders. View the info below and our full information brochures attached or via our website

Growing Great Leaders Brochure

Open to Learning Brochure

An Introductory Programme – Growing Great Leaders™ in Auckland
The course offers research-based professional development with direct relevance to your own leadership and school development. Strengthen your practice by learning key leadership skills and the related research, and considering their application to your current leadership challenges.
Dates: 18 March, 6 May, 10 June, 29 July & 26 August More Info

Two Day Open-to-learning™ Conversations Workshop in Auckland
Many leaders find it difficult to build relationships while tackling and progressing significant work tasks and problems. Open-to-learning™ Conversations is unique in explicitly addressing the integration of task and relationships so that respect is maintained while difficult issues are progressed.
Dates: 12 & 13 March 2015 More Info

OTL™ Advanced Practitioner
The Advanced Practitioner programme is offered to leaders who have completed either 1.01 and 1.02 or 1.03, the one and two day introductory courses. It is delivered in two modules of two days each and includes significant practice in OTL conversations with a heavy focus on participants’ theory-in-use.
Dates: 30 & 31 July 27 & 28 August More Info

For those of you who missed my latest Perspectives Issue you can view it on our website – A dilemma for senior leaders: middle leadership.

Warm Regards,
Linda Bendikson

‘Teentastic’ Course – January 2015

A lot of young girls are challenged with self-image and low confidence and this type of course can definitely elevate both those areas as well as giving them some valuable life and career skills to help them transition positively out into the world, and have a lot of fun in the process!

This course has been very popular in the past and obviously we want to get as many girls as possible benefitting from it, to assist them to evolve in a powerful way.

It would be great if you would put a poster up at your school and/or pass it on to any other contacts you have that would benefit from knowing about this program. Then other people can see what is available and have a beneficial program to enjoy during the school holidays. 

tweens jan 2015