Our Whanau Evening on Thursday, 28th February, for parents of Year 7 – 10 children, will be a good opportunity to meet a number of these new staff who are working with your children every day. I encourage you to come along and hear about our plans for the year, information that will directly affect your child’s learning, and to meet your child’s Learning Tutor and Form Teacher. If you are unclear on our various communication channels such as the parent portal and the school app, there will be an opportunity to learn how to connect in regularly with information on events and learning progress. I look forward to seeing you there.
We were fortunate to have Bishop Michael Dooley and Fr Damian Wynn-Williams leading us in a Commissioning Mass for St Mary’s and St Peter’s staff on Wednesday evening in the College Chapel. We are also grateful to Mr Tony Hanning (Catholic Education Office) and Katrina van de Water (schools’ advisor) who joined us for this special occasion. It was a clear reminder of our mission as teachers in a Catholic school and provided a warm welcome to new teachers at our College. Celebrating together in this way to begin the year was indeed very special and it has set the scene for another year of commitment and compassion, mercy and charity, in our College community.
Many of you will have heard about the Independent Taskforce’s report on the review of Tomorrow’s Schools. The Taskforce’s proposals cover a wide range of policy and structural changes to the compulsory schooling system. These are proposals only – they are not decisions and they are not final. Therefore, it is very important that consultation is far reaching. I encourage you to have your view heard before the Government makes its decisions. Below is an invitation from the taskforce members to be part in the consultation.
Now that the Taskforce’s report Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together: Whiria Ngā Kura Tūatinitini has been published we are very keen to receive feedback from as many people as possible to help us complete our final recommendations and our report to the Minister, which is due to him in late April.
We would be really grateful if you would be able to assist us with letting Board Chairs and members and your wider community networks in your region know about the following:
- The Independent Taskforce will be holding nationwide public consultation meetings from 14 February – 27 March. The schedule is here: https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/have-your-say-today/.
- Postcards for anyone that just wants to briefly ‘have their say’ on a recommendation or the full report. Freepost postcards will be available at the public meetings or contact us if you would like some sent to you.
- An online survey which canvasses opinion on each of our 32 recommendations is now available here:https://consultation.education.govt.nz/tsr/survey2019/. It will remain open until 31 March 2019.
- Formal written submissions about the report can be sent firstname.lastname@example.org
A free 0800 number for oral submissions will be available from 11 February. Call 0800 FOR TSR to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling system.
We do appreciate your help in this matter. We want everyone to have their say and we want to do our very best to listen carefully to what is said.
Bali Haque (Chair), Barbara Ala’alatoa, Mere Berryman, John O’Neill, Cathy Wylie.
Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend,
Nga mihi nui,