Stand Up together
A strong turnout will add strength to what NZEI are trying to achieve regarding our claim. Unfortunately there was only 52% turnout of Principals across the country at the last round of PUM meetings. (Well done Waiuku!!!!!)
Here are the statistics we could get for our region:
- Auckland 52%
- North shore 57%
- West Auckland 59%
- Manurewa 48%
- Howick 63%
- Otahuhu 57%
- Papatoetoe 53%
- Waiuku 83%
The next round of PUMs is critical because the NZEI National Executive (and the 4 negotiating Principals) will be guided by the results of the ballot votes that come out of the meetings.
A strong and clear voice is needed.
The offer – simply put
- Does not address the workload issues we have raised
- Does not value the work Principals do
- Does not make school leadership an attractive career choice
- Includes a paltry pay increase that varies from approximately 2.0-3.6% per annum, depending on your roll size (from U1 – 3.6% to U10 – 2%).
- Is for an extended term of 3 years when we asked for 2 years.
Other main Concerns
It appears that the claim for teachers delivering curriculum in immersion and bilingual units has not been recognised in this offer. As Principals we can have some influence and show support for our teachers by encouraging ALL of our teacher members to attend their PUM’s.
It is up to us as members whether to accept or reject the offer and then determine the next steps.
Reject the offer, take action and demand more investment to fix the problems? Or accept this offer and put up with the problems that aren’t addressed?
This is our campaign. We call the shots.
We can choose to:
Escalate the action and call for a better offer, following the example the nurses have given over the last months;
Accept the offer, and then move to ratification.
Please attend a PUM near you (emails have been sent with venues in an area near you). And there is lots of information about the campaigns and claims on the NZEI website.
Education Summit- Auckland May 2018
I was invited to the Education Summit in Auckland on the 12th and 13th May. I was anxious prior to the weekend as very little information had been shared and there wasn’t the usual list of attendees sent out prior to the event.
On arrival I noted that of the well over 700 people gathered there were very few Principals and teachers. Again, my anxiety radar raised its head.
My concern was totally unfounded. The people I had the pleasure of working with were:
- Parents of students with special needs
- Business owners
- Armed Forces personnel
- Teachers- early Childhood, secondary
- University Lecturers
- Transport workers
- Builders- training apprentices
- Policy makers
- Social workers
- International Language school owners
The event was organised in such a way that everyone there was able to share their views and offer creative solutions for the future of education in New Zealand. The mix of people I worked with gave broad suggestions that we were all able to unpack during the sessions and determine what we all felt were important details for others to know. We were provided with opportunities to listen to a variety of learning information from across the world – not just in education but related to it through life experiences, work and recreation. A range of students from schools across the North Island had been invited and their views were voiced and respected as they shared these with passion and pride.
The Prime Minister spoke about the importance of the Summit being a ‘beginning conversation from and with us’ with the aim of us co-designing an education system that works for all and one that we can all be proud of.
A strong emphasis in her speech was how vital the ‘Teacher’ is in education as they change lives and that in order to develop this ‘system’ we all need to listen, work together and aim for the best.
The key points I gained from the summit were:
- We all want an education system that makes sense
- There needs to be change now that will make a positive difference for all – system and structure
- There must be real inclusion in education
- Everyone has a vested interest in Education
- We don’t want to be saying in the future – “How do we raise education for Maori?”- we’ll know and we will be doing it!
- Significant investment must be made to ensure our education system works for all
The summit provided a gathering point to share ideas. The next steps are vital. The massive amount of information collected during the weekend needs to be analysed. What will happen with this information and how will it be shared?
What was also clear from discussions with the groups of people I worked with is that Education must be outside of ‘Politics. It can’t be a political football that changes as Governments change. We need a long-term strategy that doesn’t change in the political arena but changes as we need it to for learning. The political parties must work together to support this.
We all wait to see what happens next as this will be the true test as to whether the Summit was of real value.
The Conference information is on the website and open for registrations so have a look, register and join us. Put it in your diary Evening of the 15-17 August in beautiful Taupo. Click here to register
ICOT Conference – Miami
I was very fortunate to attend the ICOT conference in Miami in May. Although the organisation of this international conference was not up to a previous one I attended the speakers were outstanding. I’ll add a couple of the speakers to each of my next newsletters.
Well known in New Zealand. His messages are clear. We think more deeply when we have an understanding of cognitive processes. The brain is the chat room, not the command centre. As teachers we need to understand the brain and how it works and share this with our learners if we want to have a real impact on helping them to learn.
An autistic engineer.
The autistic brain- tinkering is vital, hands on learning, action. Einstein did not speak until he was 3. Autistic learners need spatial, visual, auditory and verbal learning opportunities that allow them opportunities to unpack patterns, shapes, movement. They generally can’t do algebra because there is nothing to visualise- it is better to for them to experience Geometry.
Autistic learners notice the things others might miss.
A number of entrepreneurs are autistic- it allows them to focus for long periods of time on a specific problem.
APPA Speech- Rehu Tai
There will not be an APPA English speech competition for 2018. This year we are trialling the ‘Rehu Tai’which you can participate in with your cluster schools should you choose to.
All information can be found on our website: https://www.appa.org.nz/appa-rehu-tai/
The Samoan, Tongan, French, and Te Reo Maori speech competitions will continue as before.
All information can be found here on our website: https://www.appa.org.nz/appa-languages-speech-competition-2018/
APPA 2018 Direction
The APPA WAG suggested that in 2018 clusters decide amongst themselves if they will take on all 4 genre or agree to do parts of the festival. The 3 minute prepared speech that is based on persuasive language remains in place. New to the Festival are 102 Flash Talk; Rap; and Spoken Word Poetry – stream criteria and resources follow.
The Maori language and Pasifika language competitions will remain. However, clusters can choose to incorporate other languages in their Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language.
This ensures all languages are embraced and every effort is made to source judges in the chosen language of participants.
In term 4 cluster organisers will meet to refine how this can work across all clusters in 2019. Any cluster queries email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Staff Still an Issue
Please contact your Ministry Advisor if you are unable to employ quality staff for positions, are having difficulty with relievers and/ or have extra ordinary role growth. It’s vital they get the message from us. The Ministry is not always aware of the difficulties we are having employing staff for our schools so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep them informed.
Auckland Growth Plan
Fabio Pagano, Director Auckland Growth, shared with the APPA council last week the work his team is doing around Auckland growth. 35% of all school age students are in Auckland. A third of the country’s students are in our region!
Auckland is projected to grow by one million people over the next 30 years. We’ll need 400,000 new dwellings and 277,000 more jobs. It is likely there will be between 30,000 and 60,000 more school age students in Auckland by 2030. A broad range with the real number likely to be near the middle.
The Auckland plan being worked on by Mr Pagano and his team will provide the Auckland Council with strategic direction on accommodating growth. Up to 70% of the new dwellings will be built in existing urban areas, 40% outside of these.
So, what does this mean for education?
Currently, 8 new schools will be built in Auckland and 4 schools will be re-developed and or relocated.
Approved and funded so far are:
- Te Uho o Te Nikau School (Flat Bush) 2019
- Matua Ngaru School (Kumeu) 2019
- Hingaia South School – 2021
- Orewa North West Primary – 2021
- Central Auckland Specialist School – 2020- merged schools (Carlston/ Sunnydene)
- Pukekohe-Belmont School – 2021
- New Drury Primary School – 2021
- Scott Point Primary School – 2021
The relocated / renovated schools will be:
- Paerata School (relocated )- 2021
- Onepoto Primary- Replaced/ redeveloped 2022
- Manurewa – 2020 (Kura); Sommerville Specialist School – redeveloped – 2021
Kia kaha te mahi