Principals Comments 9.6.23

Posted Thursday June 8, 2023

Kia ora e te whanau,

I am absolutely thrilled with the spectacular school production “Back to the 80’s” that took place last night. Our talented students and dedicated staff put on an exceptional performance that truly showcased their hard work, creativity, and passion. From the moment the curtains opened to the final bow, it was evident that our students had poured their hearts and souls into every aspect of the production. The energy and enthusiasm radiated from the stage, captivating the audience and leaving an indelible impression on everyone who attended.

None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support and dedication of our incredible staff. From the directors and choreographers to the stage crew and costume designers, every member of our team played a crucial role in making this production a resounding success. Their tireless efforts and countless hours of rehearsal undoubtedly paid off, resulting in a truly memorable and professional production. I must in particular thank Mrs Victoria Kelly, Mrs Liza Wilson and Mrs Lee-Anne Kortbaoui for giving up countless weekends and nights to make this happen.

Furthermore, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our parents and guardians for their continuous support and encouragement throughout this entire journey. Your unwavering support of our students and their involvement in the arts is truly commendable. Your presence in the audience, cheering and applauding, meant the world to our performers and added an extra layer of joy to the event.

I would also like to congratulate each and every one of our students who participated in the production. Your commitment, talent, and dedication shone brightly on that stage, leaving a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of witnessing your remarkable performances. You have demonstrated not only your artistic abilities but also your ability to work collaboratively as a team, to persevere through challenges, and to deliver an outstanding production that reflects the values we hold dear as a Catholic school community. There is one more show tonight so get your tickets, don’t miss out!

We have been advised this morning of increasing and continuing PPTA strike action at least until the end of this term. The relief ban continues, teachers will not be attending meetings, answering emails or working outside our contracted hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm. All professional development and work on the upcoming NCEA changes is on hold. A full day ban on participation in extracurricular activities on Wednesday 21 June is taking place.

 Rostering year levels home is increasing and is as follows:

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We know how horribly disruptive this is for our students, particularly our seniors who have already suffered through three years of broken learning. It is not what we want but we support our union for the following reasons:

1. We would love for the matters to be resolved.

2. We have been negotiating in good faith for over one year now, but the Ministry/Government won't budge.

3. We believe teachers should be paid fairly.

4. The government offer is not fair (and certainly not generous).

5. We want all students to be able to learn in a class with a fully qualified and properly trained secondary teachers.

6. So far, the Ministry has shown little concern for this matter.

7. Their proposed offer will not encourage young people to enter teaching.

8. Please feel free to raise your concerns with the Minister of Education, local MP etc.

The senior leadership team is currently re-evaluating all activities and events so that teaching and learning is brought to the forefront as our first priority for the remainder of the term. We will notify you on Monday as to what this means for these including our annual Eisteddfod competition.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,