Wednesday 14th March at 1.30pm
You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching. Children are missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs. Teachers at our school are joining an NZEI Te Riu Roa campaign, called Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s Time to address these issues. Our goal is to free teachers to teach, and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need and we’ll attract more people to teaching by respecting and paying them as the professionals they are. NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invited to a paid union meeting on Wednesday 14th March at 1.30pm so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and their upcoming collective agreement negotiations. Our children deserve the best education in the world, and New Zealand can afford to provide it. It’s just a matter of priorities. Thanks for your co-operation in this important matter.
Normal classes will close for the day at 12.30pm on Wednesday 14th March. School will still be open as there will be a number of staff still on site to supervise children who are unable to be picked up at 12.30pm. Supervision will be provided until 3.00pm. If your children attend After School Care this will run as usual from 3.00pm. Next week we will be sending out a form to all to find out which children will require supervision from 12.30pm on that day.
We are sorry for any disruption this may cause.