It’s been a big week in politics. This election will impact hugely on our kids’ immediate futures. The following is a complete copy of what the New Zealand Educational Institute released yesterday after a nationwide poll of it’s members … and I agree wholeheartedly with every sentiment.
“Dear Parents and Caregivers ...
Important information about teachers’ vote this week rejecting the “Investing in Educational Success” policy.
You may have heard in the media this week that New Zealand’s teachers and principals have voted to reject the government’s Investing in Educational Success policy. I wanted to write to you to explain the reasons behind the decision and what this may mean for our school.
MOE parent website…
Last week your child brought home with their newsletter a bookmark detailing a new site the Ministry of Education has developed for parents. Parents have been telling the MOE that they don’t know where to start when looking for answers to their questions; that all the information available to them is overwhelming; and that it often doesn’t answer their questions.
The goal of this website is to provide a central place to give parents information and answers to their commonly asked questions in plain language so that they feel well equipped to engage in their children’s education.
The Ministry will continue to develop the site with the help from parents as you tell them what you want from it.
The website is www.parents.education.govt.nz
More bookmarks are available from the desk in the office area.
What is Investing in Educational Success?
In January the government announced this new policy, aimed at raising the quality of teaching to improve student achievement, backed by $359 million of new funding over four years.
The policy proposed that all primary and secondary schools would be grouped into clusters of about 10 schools, with each cluster led by an Executive Principal from one of the schools, who would be paid an extra $40,000 a year and work two days a week across the cluster.
About 1000 Expert Teachers would receive an extra $20,000 a year and spend two days a week out of their own classroom while they mentored other teachers across the cluster.
About 5000 Lead Teachers would be role models to teachers within their cluster.
Why are teachers and principals opposed to it?
Like their colleagues around the country, teachers at our school could see no direct benefit for our students from this policy. Teachers have a number of concerns, but the key issues are:
1) Teachers want the money to go to much-needed frontline resources for students, not into another tier of management.
2) The relationship and continuity of learning between primary students and their teachers is very important for effective learning. Taking an Expert Teacher out of their classroom for 40 per cent of the time, to be replaced by relievers, could have a negative effect on students’ learning.”
Footnote: Waverley Park School has experienced the impact of having the principal out of the school while working in other schools. For the first six years of the “First Time Principals Project” - a programme out of Auckland University - I was the mentor in Southland supporting six to eight new principals each year. I was not required to be out of the school for two days every week; but I was out of the school for a couple of weeks each term. The “domino effect” meant that others on our leadership team had to take over my responsibilities from time to time. This often resulted in direct impact on the classroom as one or other of our leaders had to leave the room to deal with whatever it was that needed attention.
If IES does get rammed through: none of us will be putting our hands up for any of the IES roles.
Sing Out 2014…
Our kids perform twice on Tuesday 16 September; once in the morning show for schools; and again in the evening show for the public. Tickets for the evening performance are on sale from the ICC booking office in Esk St; $12.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids.
In support of our choir, the senior school attends the morning performance on Tuesday 16 September. The cost is $3.00 / pupil - covers the seat in the theatre and the one in the bus too! Please help support the kids by having your children attend.
If you’re paying via online banking, our number is:12 3154 0103559 00
Include your child’s name and SO (for Sing Out).
Applications for In’gill high schools…
Applications close on 29 August. Please ensure you have yours in on time.
The Book Fair will be held in the library from the
25 - 29 August.
The library will be open for parents and children to view books daily between 12.40-1.20pm and 3-4pm Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
Dress up Day
Dress up Day will be on Thursday 28th August. Posters will be displayed around the school with more information. The theme this year is “gardens” but you can dress up as anything. Please bring $1 as this donation is going to be used to buy more furniture for the library.
Polyfest, here we come!
Thank you to everyone who supported the Te Kotahitanga kids this morning - all two hundred and one of them - as Raiha led them through the full dress rehearsal for next week’s Polyfest performance.
A wee taste of the dress rehearsal for Polyfest