Living and Learning with Respect
Thursday 15th November
From The Board of Trustees
This is a mid-month catch-up, with a few important updates we’d like to share with you all.
Firstly, we’re delighted to announce the appointment of two new teachers for next year – both in the junior end of our school. I’m sure you’ll join us in welcoming both Darren Guthrie and Denise Reynolds to our Ngaere community! Darren has taught at both Waitara East and Opunake Primary Schools, and is currently working at Kidzone in New Plymouth. He is excited about getting back into a primary school setting, and brings a passion for music and technology with him.
Denise will already be well known to many in our Ngaere Community. She’s currently working as a fixed term teacher in Room 1, and has been involved with the school in a number of ways over the past year. As a beginning teacher, Denise is looking forward to creating an engaging and motivating learning environment in her own classroom and is excited to be part of our team next year!
Last night, our Board met to consider our strategic priorities going forward. We had a really good session, and although the details are still to be worked through, we’ve committed to continuing our enviro focus, developing communication skills school wide and work around digital technologies which is to be a new curriculum area nationally from 2020. We have also committed to investigate and implement play based learning for our early learners. Our on-going community involvement and engagement is another priority for our Board, as is our focus on students leading their own learning (student agency). 2019 is going to be another fantastic year at Ngaere!!!!!
'Til next time
"It is with some sadness that I read and hear the media reports about the offer that has been presented to the teachers. Much of the reporting is, in my view, - skewed to sound much better than the reality. Comments like "most teachers will receive a $10,000 salary increase" are very misleading.
For example, a teacher who is joining the profession after spending 4 years at university - will receive an increase of around $19 per week from this offer straight away.
A teacher who has been teaching for over 10 years - and has a full degree - will receive around $27 a week extra from this offer straight away.
Secondary school teachers currently receive 10 days a term release - this enables them to prepare lessons, work with parents, mark assessments and participate in professional learning. Primary school teachers receive 2 days a term. In the last offer - primary teachers were offered a very small increase of 12 minutes extra release - in the new offer - this pitiful increase has been removed completely.
The release of 600 extra "learning support" staff is great - but there is very little information about what this might look like in reality. There are over 2500 schools in New Zealand.
We cannot expect everything straight away - but please believe me when I say this is not about greed for a bigger pay rise. The conditions around classroom release, and extra support for students have been ignored completely. In fact - we have less release in this offer than in the last. We have students in our classes TODAY that deserve a better deal - they are not arriving in 2020."
Teachers don't want to strike; they need to strike to be heard!
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