Look back and reflect so you can move forward Kia ora e te whānau
This will be my last newsletter to you this year. I want to thank each one of you who has taken the time to give me feedback on this publication and on education issues in general this year. We might call it 'The Year of Reviews'. We have been involved in so many reviews with the most comprehensive being the 'Review of Tomorrow's Schools'. As you know, the report, including more than seventy recommendations, was launched recently and we devoted an entire Special Flyer to this last week. As I hope I made clear, none of these recommendations is set in concrete. We are now in a consultation phase until April 2019.
I have had a great deal of feedback from you and thank you for that. I will be taking it all into account when we put together the NZPF submission early next year. I do hope you too will separately take the time to give your feedback through the submission process. It is unlikely that all of the recommendations will be adopted. The submission process will make all the difference in deciding the shape of education for the future, so make sure your voice is heard.
NZPF Conference 2019 Next year's conference will be held Wednesday 3 - Friday 5 July at the Auckland Sky City conference venue. Click here for more details and to watch a promotional video which also explains the changes we made to the conference organisation some years ago. The intention of the changes was to more equitably distribute the conference surplus funds to you, the membership. Below you will find links to the awards that you can now apply for either individually or as a principals' association as a result of these changes.
New NZPF Awards The new awards below will be open to applicants in 2019. More information and application forms are available on our website.
The new awards include: The Tauri Morgan Memorial Award, for principals of U4 schools and above. This award was established in the memory of the NZPF Kaumatua Tauri Morgan, who died in 2016.
PLD Grants for Principals' Associations are substantial awards for a principals' association to carry out PLD for the member principals of their region.
We are also funding additional Don Le Prou awards for principals of U1 - 3 schools, to support them to attend conference.
The closing dates to apply for these awards is 1March 2019 so make sure you fill in your application(s) early next year.
$150 Donation Promise Many of you asked me about this election policy of Labour's last year and have continued to ask more this year. Last year, the policy had not been included in the Budget so it could not be delivered. This year, I have asked the Minister again, if this will be available to schools choosing not to charge parents a donation. His response is as follows: There is “No realistic prospect of it coming into effect during the 2019 school year.” Many of you will find this response a challenge and, like you, I’m disappointed that this promise has yet to be delivered. Unfortunately many of you will have to continue to rely on whānau donations to bolster your budgets. It is now time to wish you well as you wind down for the year. What a year it has been! We are all looking forward to a break here at national office and I don't doubt you are too. Make sure to include some 'you' time these holidays to relax, refresh and recharge.
I wish you, your whānau and extended whānau, a fabulous Christmas break.