9 August 2018  –  Term 3  –  Week 3

 Tēnā koutou e aku Rangatira,

As we come to the end of the second week of Term 3, students and teachers have made the shift back into their classroom routines.  This has been an exciting week, with Kapa Haka dress rehearsals, KidsCan Crazy Day, and Duffy Theatre making a visit to our school.  We are all very excited to see our tamariki take the stage at the Rangitaiki Culture Festival, and can’t wait for all of the other exciting events just around the corner!

Kia tau te rangimārie,

Drew Manning (Principal)

TEACHER STRIKE

The Board of Trustees have decided to close Allandale School on Wednesday, August 15th as Teacher and Principal members of the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) have voted to strike.

It has been 24 years since the last Teacher strike.  It is not a decision that has been made lightly.  Media conversation about the strike will be ongoing, and you will hear a range of perspectives.

For our Teachers, this strike is not just about money.  The Teachers will not be paid for the day of the strike, so there will be a direct impact on their own income and on their whānau.

Significant issues include:

  • A Teacher shortage. A lack of pay, long work hours, and a dramatic increase in paperwork and Ministry of Education requirements have resulted in many teachers leaving the profession, 40% fewer enrolments in Teacher training programmes, and fewer Relief Teachers available for schools.
  • A pay jolt. The Beginning Teacher salary for a primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching (3 year degree) is $47,980 per annum.  Of interest – in 1979, Backbench MPs and Teachers both earned around $18,000.  In 2018, the average Backbench MP earns $164,000, while the top Teacher scale is $78,000.
  • Time to teach and time to lead. For example, the provision of time for each school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  There is currently no release provided for a teacher working in this role to meet with parents, undertake additional assessments, meet with outside agencies, and to support teachers and children with modifications to regular classroom programmes.
  • Career pathways. To develop a range of clear pathways for teachers to move into management.

We know that this strike will be inconvenient for parents and students alike.  However, this is ultimately about putting the best people in front of every child, and having the support to provide every child with a quality education.  We need the government to understand the important role that teachers play in our country’s future.  Aotearoa New Zealand requires quality teachers to be working with all of our children.

We thank you for your support.

2018 RANGITAIKI KAPAHAKA FESTIVAL

When   –           10 & 11 August

Where  –           Whakatane War Memorial Hall

Tickets –           Purchase door sales only

                          5 years and under        FREE

                           Children (6-13)              $2.00

                           Adults (14+)                  $5.00

                           Kaumatua                    Koha

                           Programme                  $2.00

Allandale School’s Whakangahau students are performing tomorrow Friday 10 August at 1.05pm and the Novice students are performing also tomorrow Friday 10 August at 2.55pm.

 WATTIE’S “CANS FOR GOOD” CAN DRIVE

With all of the wonderful bread and buns they have been supplying for our tamariki and whānau, Allandale School is excited to support Wattie’s “Cans for Good” as we help stock our local Salvation Army Foodbanks.

“Cans for Good” will be running for two weeks, from August 13th to August 24th.  During this time, tamariki are asked to please bring donations of canned goods in to the school office.  Together we can make a difference!

Last year Wattie’s Cans for Good collected 62,000 cans and Wattie’s generously donated additional cans taking the number to over 90,000. This significant contribution helps to make up food parcels for those Kiwis who need food assistance, dealing with New Zealand’s rising living costs.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August             10         Rangitaiki Kapahaka Festival – Novice/Whakangahau performing – at Whakatane War Memorial Hall

August             16         Tough guy/gal

September       12         Winter Sports – Senior School (postponement date will be 13 Sept)

September       14         Winter Sports – Middle School

September       19         EBOP T ball for Yr 1-4

September       20         EBOP Basketball Seniors

September       28         Last day Term 3

FIRST CREDIT UNION – Children’ School Banking

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