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He Pitopito Kōrero ISSUE No. 49 | 2016 MAY 9
In this issue
Critical need to know and action
Vulnerable Children Act 2014: A reminder that by 1 July schools must have their child
protection policies in place; all new non-core workers must be safety checked before being
employed or engaged as a children’s worker and the Workforce Restriction applies for all existing core workers unless an exemption has been granted. Read more...
2. If schools are still charging fees for subjects, we remind them that this breaches section 3 of the Education Act 1989. Read more...
Food Act 2014: Workshops will run in some areas 17 May – 14 June to help you prepare for 3.
this legislation. More workshops will be added soon and further support will be available in term 4. Read more...
4. We would like to remind schools of the serious risks to young people who engage in the ‘choking game’ and to remain vigilant. Read more...
South Australia/NZ principal exchange applications extended to 13 May: We encourage 5.
primary, area and secondary principals to take the opportunity to lead a school in South Australia in term 3. Outside of sabbaticals, opportunities like this don’t come up often so we are hopeful many of you will see the advantages of applying. Read more...
Heads up X School Trustee Elections: Nominations are now being called for and media interest is building.
Read more… Reminder: From today, our Education Infrastructure Service group is contacting principals to ask 2.
about your property, transport and ICT matters.
3. We’ve updated our website with information on funding and staffing support provided to boards that are members of Communities of Learning.
4. Do you want to share your thoughts on how disabled people and their whānau can live a good life? Join the conversation to help build a new disability strategy for New Zealand.
The Student Information Sharing Initiative has published a draft report detailing its work to date 5.
and potential options going forward for feedback. View the report here
6. Applications open for the 2017 TeachNZ study awards and sabbaticals for area, primary and secondary principals and teachers. Learn more about the opportunities available and apply now.
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From more than 200 entries, 14 finalists have been selected for the 2016 Prime Minister’s 8.
Education Excellence Awards. View the finalists here
9. Our refreshed Infrastructure Matters newsletter is out now.
10. EROs redesigned website goes live today. Read more...
11. False fire alarm callouts and penalties. Read more...
12. Visitors to New Zealand Safety Guide
13. Free Bullying-free NZ Week media kit and website preview. Read more...
14. NZ Privacy Week starts today. Read more...
15. NZ Sign Language week starts today; view resources and activities on our website
16. PaCT workshops are running nationwide, view dates and venues on the PaCT website
17. Good practice Student Management System workshops are running throughout term 2.
18. More one-day science workshops have been confirmed for science middle leaders, teachers in charge of science subjects and those aspiring to be. Read more...
19. We have contracted Haemata Ltd to run a survey with a sample of Māori medium kura and schools on the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. Read more...
20. Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals’ Association national conference, 4-5 August. View the conference programme here.
21. Watchdog Corporation Limited will be ending its Watchdog Internet and email filtering service to schools on 30 June 2016. Read more...
22. Reminder: Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher expert panel submissions close 12 noon, 13 May.
23. Reminder: Digital Assessment: 2016 trial and pilots – impact on Māori-medium settings.
General information X Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 1.
Under the HSWA the BOT is considered to be a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). A BOT as a PCBU has a responsibility to actively manage health and safety and to take all practicable steps to ensure health and safety policies and procedures are up-to-date, implemented effectively, reviewed and monitored. The health and safety guide has a useful sample policy on page 28. Worksafe NZs website has more information about the duty of due diligence of volunteer officers.
Critical need to know and action | Heads up | General information | Regional news | Archives | Send us feedback
Samoa language week 29 May–4 June 2016 2.
This year the theme is “E felelei manu, ae ma’au i o latou ofaga – Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive”. View resources for schools or check out the Samoan language week facebook page Entries are now open for NZ Young Film Makers Competition 2016 3.
Primary, intermediate and secondary students are encouraged as individuals or groups to create a five minute film that is entertaining, positive and uplifting. Visit Inspired Film Fund’s website for more details or to enter. Entries close 5pm, 29 July.
Critical need to know and action Vulnerable Children Act 2014 A reminder that by 1 July schools must have their child protection policies in place; all new noncore workers must be safety checked before being employed or engaged as a children’s worker and the Workforce Restriction applies for all existing core workers unless an exemption has been granted. Read more...
Charging fees for subjects Under section 3 of the Education Act 1989, it is unlawful to ask for costs/charges/fees for subjects or to take steps to compel payment.
It is lawful however to ask for a voluntary contribution/donation towards a specific subject, and to suggest an appropriate amount. As with all requests for voluntary contributions/donations, parents are free to pay them in full, in part, or not at all. If donations are not made, they are not a debt that is owed and cannot be presented to parents as a payment that is required.
It is good practice for schools to review curriculum-related information given to students and their parents to ensure that suggested contributions/donations are explicitly voluntary.
For further information view the Ministry’s circular 2013/06 Payments by parents of students in state and state-integrated schools Food Act 2014 The new food safety law, the Food Act 2014, came into effect on 1 March 2016 and takes a new approach to managing food safety, which is likely to have an impact on most schools and kura.
When does the new legislation affect schools?
2017 - New schools or kura opening from term 1 2017 are required to comply with the legislation upon opening. Supporting guidance for schools will be available from the beginning of term 4 2016.
2018 - Existing schools and kura must apply to be registered with their local councils by 31 March 2018. Supporting guidance for schools will be available from the beginning of term 4 2016.
Workshops MPI is running workshops with local councils to help business operators understand the implications of the Food Act 2014. Board members and principals are welcome to attend, which is an opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Below is the confirmed Food Act workshops - further workshops will be added to the MPI Facebook page and website soon.
Choking game Last week, a parent contacted us after reading that a student was hospitalised as a result of trying the ‘choking game’. In 2009, their 12-year-old son had died with the coroner’s view that the death was related to the choking game.
This has prompted us to remind schools of the serious risks to young people who engage in this game and to remain vigilant.
Experimentation with asphyxiation is also sometimes termed the ‘blackout game’, the ‘pass out game’, the ‘scarf game’ or the ‘monkey space’ game. The sensations young people experience (‘floaty feeling’ or ‘pass out sensation’) is the beginning of brain cells dying and that can cause death or permanent brain damage.
Information about the choking game (and other dangerous games that seem to catch on) is often spread rapidly via text or social media sites. This, along with potential bullying behaviour, can be a form of coercion to try the game and some young people may find it hard to say no.
If you become aware of the game happening in your school, parents should be informed. Page 58 & 59 of the Preventing and Responding to Suicide - Resource Kit for Schools provides information about the game and the serious risks, the signs children who are engaging in the behaviour may show, and ways to talk to them about the dangers.
You are encouraged to talk about this issue in your usual network forums or ask your local advisor about it.
South Australia/NZ principal exchange There are few better ways to augment your professional knowledge than doing so in another jurisdiction and it’s also an opportunity to foster goodwill and enhance relationships with our TransTasman colleagues.
Your staff and students will experience being led by a principal from a different country and term 4 would be a chance to reflect on the exchange from a school wide perspective, making your school even better!
Applications for eligible principals are now open to 5:00pm, Friday 13 May and a PDF of your application can be emailed to us Please talk with your local Director of Education if you have any questions.
These links provide additional information:
• FAQs for NZ School Boards of Trustees
• South Australian Department for Education and Child Development
• Living in South Australia Heads up The 2016 School Trustee Elections - it’s time for nominations Nominations are now being called for, signaling that schools are well underway with one of the most significant democratic processes in New Zealand. All parents, guardians and caregivers of students enrolled in a New Zealand state or state integrated school are eligible to nominate themselves or someone from the community for election to a school board.
Everyone eligible to vote has received a posted nomination form and extra forms should also be available at schools. Forms are also in English and Te Reo on the trustee elections website.
For schools using the common election day of 3 June, nominations must be received by the returning officer by noon on 20 May.
More information Support is available for boards and returning officers at www.trustee-election.co.nz They can also call 0800 Election (0800 353 284) or email email@example.com Te Runanga Nui o nga Kura Kaupapa Māori (TRN) also provide support to kura affiliated to the Runanga. For further information visit www.runanga.co.nz or call 0800 RUNANGA.
Media interest is building NZSTA has released media packs and produced over 12 trustee stories, which have been picked up by various media outlets. The stories highlight how the trustees first came to be on a board, their motivations, rewarding experiences and advice for prospective trustees.
In April, national advertising for the elections began with ads on TV1, TV2 and Māori Television, plus digital advertising across various platforms including the NZ Herald and stuff.co.nz. The first week of advertising indicated a large percentage of our target audience viewed the ads on TV and the combined digital and social advertisements resulted in over 4,200 clicks to the trustee elections website.
A survey conducted by NZSTA in March 2016 found:
• 78 percent of schools are confident in receiving enough nominations to fill the seats.
• 42 percent of schools have been actively approaching and discussing the elections with members of the community.
• 38 percent of schools reported a high level of interest from the community in standing for election.
• 20 percent of schools have boards where all current trustees intended on re-standing for 2016.
Education Infrastructure Service group is contacting principals Reminder: From today, our Education Infrastructure Service group is contacting principals to ask about your property, transport and ICT matters.
Funding and staffing support information We’ve updated our website with information on funding and staffing support provided to boards that are members of Communities of Learning.
New disability strategy for New ZealandNew disability strategy for New Zeal New disability strategy for New Zealand Do you want to share your thoughts on how disabled people and their whānau can live a good life? Join the conversation to help build a new disability strategy for New Zealand.
Student Information Sharing Initiative The Student Information Sharing Initiative has published a draft report detailing its work to date and potential options going forward for feedback. View the report here TeachNZ study awards and sabbaticals Applications open for the 2017 TeachNZ study awards and sabbaticals for area, primary and secondary principals and teachers. Learn more about the opportunities available and apply now.
Applications open for Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships Young Māori students who will attend a recognised tertiary institution in 2017 are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships.
Three undergraduate awards worth $10,000 each per year of full time study, for up to five years are among the scholarships available. If you know of a promising student on their way to tertiary education, please discuss this opportunity with them.