Frankley School Newsletter
Term 2 Week 7 2019
Nau mai Haere mai Welcome ~ Sarah Morris, Principal
This is just a quick note to say if you have the opportunity to have a break with your tamariki (children) these holidays, enjoy. There has been a lot of illness in term 2 and the holidays have come at a great time for rest and rejuvenation. From all the staff - we appreciate your help and care during the term. The support our learners receive from sports coaching to cooking and crafts to overnight stays on the Marae, we are truly appreciative. It means we can plan exciting adventures and learning opportunities. We love having whānau within our school gates - keep coming and sharing your expertise and aroha.
In the holidays we have a few projects on the go. Room 5 is being painted in preparation for opening in term 3 and we are getting a new roof over the senior block toilets. Work on our new septic tanks will also begin. Thanks to our BOT for ensuring these projects are well organised.
With our famous Frankley school carnival scheduled for November 10 this year, information for our grocery collection for the raffle will come out early next term. Planning is well underway for another successful community event.
Have a super safe 2 weeks. See you all back on Monday 22 September.
Primary Principals Action
Primary principals across the country have voted to reject the government’s offer for settlement of our negotiations. The government failed to make an offer that addresses our key issues. We are concerned that little is being done to ensure that being a primary principal is seen as an attractive career option.
While I’m really happy that our teachers won back parity with their secondary colleagues, the same wasn’t offered to primary principals. We think that if parity with secondary is fair for teachers, then surely it’s fair for principals.
The offer also would have seen some principals in smaller schools paid less than some teachers in larger schools. It’s important that all communities are able to attract teachers into becoming principals, and that won’t happen if they can earn more as a teacher.
As a sign of our concern we have voted to withdraw the goodwill we extend to the Ministry of Education work that is additional to our day to day role running schools. I will not be participating in any form of work programme, taskforce, meeting with or reporting to the Ministry between July 8 and August 16. I will continue my professional leadership of the school during this time.
Principals continue to hope that the government will hear us and address our issues. We are committed to continuing our campaign until they do. Personally I am grateful for the support that our parent community has shown throughout the campaign. I hope you will continue to show your support next term if it is necessary.
Government Budget 2019 package - decile 1-7 schools
You may have seen in the media that as part of its Budget 2019 package, the Government has introduced a school donations scheme for decile 1-7 schools, whereby these school’s will receive $150.00 per child each year. Frankley School is decile 9. All decile 8, 9 and 10 schools are not entitled to this package.
Although the Education (School Donations) Amendment Bill is yet to become law, guidance is being provided now to help decile 1- 7 schools decide whether to opt in to the scheme by 14 November 2019 for the 2020 school year.
To avoid confusion moving forward, Frankley School does not have a choice to opt in to this scheme and will continue to seek voluntary payments.
NGĀ KUPU O TE WIKI
This week’s kupu is ‘kei hea?’ which means ‘where?’ This too is a helpful phrase to use in the classroom or at home when you are asking where something is that has gone missing or the location of someone.
Give it a go, see how many times you or your tamariki can use it - Kia kaha te Reo Māori - keep our Māori language alive!
Poetry By Te Puāwai
We have been working on poems this week. Each line has an extra word.
Fluffy sequin boots
Beautiful shiny golden protection
Very awesome control
Very interesting stingrays