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Bay of Plenty represented at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Entries for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards closed on 18 March and we received a record number of entries. A panel of education experts met last week to select finalists in four categories and the focus prize. A total of 14 finalists were selected and our region has three
• Rotorua Boys’ High School - Excellence in Engaging, Excellence in Leading
• Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa - Excellence in Engaging
• Aorangi School - Education Focus Prize.
Read the media release by the Minister and view the finalists on the PM Awards website Considering our size, I’m really proud of the schools and kohanga that have been shortlisted. Well done and we wish them all the best!
Health and safety for school leaders Just another reminder, we are here to support you with the newly released practical guide for boards of trustees and school leaders, which provides information on the new health and safety legislative changes, which took effect on 4 April, and will help you review your policies and procedures. If you require further information or assistance, contact your senior education advisor or email Hana Crengle in our Rotorua office who is taking a lead on this regionally.
Upcoming Triennial Elections Triennial Elections for School Boards of Trustees are on our doorstep and while the common date of Friday 3 June is recommended, the range of dates available to hold an election is Friday 13 May – Friday 10 June. Trustee elections are one of the biggest democratic events in New Zealand, with schools and kura seeking approximately 12,000 parent representatives to represent their community in setting the strategic direction and decision making for their school/ kura. For more information and support to get your school and community ready to participate in the elections, contact NZSTA on 0800 ELECTION or visit the school trustee elections website.
Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Waikite Valley School for their successful application in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. The school can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting the school via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
With your donations, Waikite Valley School plan to take their senior student leadership council to Wellington for a leadership retreat, visit the beehive, local Member of Parliament’s office and attend National Young Leaders Day. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website.
Donations close 3 June.
If there is anything you wish to discuss from this update or the Bulletin, contact me on 027 296 8196 or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ngā mihi and Ia mānuia Ezra Schuster
My congratulations to Nga Tawa School in Marton which recently celebrated 125 years. The school was originally the Wellington Diocesan School, located in Shannon, and moved to its current location in the Rangitikei in 1909. People came from as far away as the United Kingdom for the reunion.
Rangiwaea School, a small rural school south of Waiouru has recently closed. The school had a roll decline in recent years and few children identified to attend in the future. The board made the difficult decision to request closure, following community consultation. This is a particularly sad time for the community, as the school had been a focal point of the community for 111 years.
Communities of Learning Education advisors have meetings planned with boards of trustees and principals early in term 2 to discuss opportunities to form a Community of Learning (CoL). If you have any questions you would like answered contact the CoL lead advisor, Jude Fawcett on 027 406 2440, or email jude.
email@example.com, or speak to your school’s education advisor.
Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Makahu and Marco School (part of the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary school) for their successful application in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. The school can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting the school via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website.
Donations close 3 June.
EOTC Guidelines The EOTC Guidelines, ‘Bringing the Curriculum Alive,’ has been updated to align with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016. The tool is intended to assist schools to refine their systems for EOTC management and to meet their legal requirements and accepted best practice responsibilities. Please note the guidelines are only available online.
There are many good things occurring in schools in our area. If you have any news you would like to share, let us know. You can contact me on 06 349 6352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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There’s a lot going on at the moment, both nationally and regionally. On 7 April, we held our first 2016 Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement at the East Pier Hotel. Thank you to those who attended. There was some very positive discussion between school sector representatives and other stakeholders about the legislation changes that will affect schools, kura and early childhood: the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the Food Act 2014 and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. We also discussed the next steps of the Education Act 1989 Update and the Special Education Review.
Collaboration within the community is a powerful tool and it was gratifying to hear the discussions and views expressed.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti gymnasium opening On 15 April, some Ministry staff and I were lucky enough to attend the opening of the community gymnasium at the TKKM o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti. We gathered at 5am for the blessing ceremony at the new carved entrance of the school and a day of celebration followed. It was great to see students, staff and whānau in attendance, commemorating what is certainly a huge asset to the community. Congratulations to all involved, especially Campbell Dewes who I’m sure is still smiling.
John Dwyer’s retirement and new appointment Following on from John Dwyer’s retirement last term, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Dickinson to the position of service manager in the Hawke’s Bay special education team.
Carol, who has been working in Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay schools as a psychologist, will initially manage the North School Focus Team working predominantly in Napier schools.
Carol’s email is email@example.com Please contact Carol for all matters for which you would have previously contacted John.
Register today for the Appraisal of Principals Professional Learning and Development Programme – Facilitated by Principals for Principals
This professional learning and development programme covers:
• requirements of the Education Council and collective agreement for principals’ own appraisal/ performance review and
• expectations of the audit and moderation process undertaken by the Education Review Office on our behalf.
Intended to be offered one time only in locations around the country, the content emphasises
manageable and valuable performance review/appraisal:
• where a ‘natural harvest of evidence’ from a principal’s practice and inquiry focused on improved outcomes for students can demonstrate the Practicing Teacher Criteria, Professional Standards with Tātaiako
• that is learner-centered for principals, teachers and students, while providing accountability assurance.
View the dates for our region. To register or read more, click on the home page link for the Education Council’s website and then click on the “Appraisal of Principals’ Professional Learning Programme”.
Professional or technical writing If you would like any help with professional or technical writing, we can help connect you with a person with these skills. Emy will be able to give you details; email her at emy.johnstone@ education.govt.nz Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Maraekakaho School,Te Awa School and Putorino School (part of the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary School) for their successful applications in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. These schools can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars each to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting these schools via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
With your donations, Maraekakaho School plans to support a group of students to compete in the 2016 First Lego League National Robotics Competition in Auckland. Te Awa School plans to help a group of teachers to further develop their knowledge of the school’s new implemented KIVA antibullying programme in Europe. The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June.
We also had many ECE services on lockdown in Porirua with a gunman held up in a residential property. Our office contacted all centres in the lockdown area and it was reassuring to hear all the practices and protocols centres, services and Kōhanga had put in place ensuring the safety of the children was at the forefront. I would also like to thank all the ECE services for their support in keeping our children safe during this time. It was also a timely reminder for us to work with Corrections and Police to review the Memorandum of Understanding about how we work through these notifications. We will continue to keep you updated.
During the holiday, Naenae College lost a Year 13 student. Our thoughts are with Te Awhiāhua Toko and her whānau. The strong leadership of John Russell at Naenae College during this traumatic time has been a huge support for the whānau, school and wider community as they deal with such a tragic loss. I know that John has appreciated the support he received from colleagues across the Wellington network.
I have now been into a number of schools around the region. Can I thank you for your manaakitanga and willingness to have free and frank discussions with me. It has given me a good understanding of what we as a regional office are doing well and what can be improved. I look forward to visiting more schools, kura and ECE services this term. If you would like to invite me along somewhere soon please get in touch.
I hope the start of the term has gone well. Term 2 is a busy term in schools and kura; winter sports, cultural events and exchanges fill up the term calendar, along with teaching and learning.
Don’t forget that you can contact me directly on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile phone on 027 229 4009.
New principals There have been a few movements of principals to note for term 2. I’d like to warmly welcome the following principals to their new roles: John Murdoch formerly of Taita College is now at Mana College, Bernadette Mufitt has moved from St Francis Xavier School (Tawa) to Sacred Heart Cathedral School (Thorndon), Peter Gould is Acting Principal at Wairarapa College and Warren Owen has started at Waterloo School, having previously served as principal at Wellesley College. Welcome back to education Warren!
Communities of Learning Our region has eight Communities of Learning (CoL) and we have submitted further CoL in the April tranche being presented to the Minister for approval. We are currently supporting some of our CoL as they work through developing their achievement challenges. We are also in discussions with a number of schools and school clusters exploring the possibility of forming as a CoL and would welcome the opportunity to talk further with you no matter where you are on the CoL journey. We are scheduling some information meetings here in our office over the next month. Please look out for invitations over the next two to three weeks. It would be great to see you but if you can’t make it, feel free to contact our lead education advisor for CoL, Di Drake by phone 04 463 8435, on mobile 027 471 0493 or by email at email@example.com Māori achievement: Secondary focus We have been visiting all secondary schools in our region with a view to how we might support you with those students in the 1999 cohort that have been identified as at risk of not achieving NCEA Level 2. We have resource available for individual students that you believe are at risk and would benefit from more intensive support. I want to thank you for the positive response our team has had to date and would encourage you to draw on the support there for you and your students.
Please do not hesitate to make contact with Tom Hullena,Tina Sims or your senior advisor as you identify students that might benefit from this.
Name Email Phone Mobile Tom Hullena firstname.lastname@example.org 04 439 5001 027 406 2076 Tina Sims email@example.com 04 439 4670 027 702 9792 Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Hutt International Boys’ School and Makuri School (part of the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary School) for their successful applications in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. These schools can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars each to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting these schools via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.