Newsletter

APPA congratulates Kevin Bush (Tāmaki Herenga Waka), Saane Faaofo-Oldehaver (Pacific), and Phil Toomer (Tāmaki Herenga Tangata) on their appointments as Leadership Advisors.

It is great that two of our executive team have been appointed to these important roles supporting principals. 

This week Tāmaki Herenga Waka sent out an exhaustive list of tasks for Term 4 of everything we already do (depending on our school context). The list is designed to help principals keep on top of everything in a busy term and to keep principals safe from missing something important. It will also be useful to share with school boards to illustrate the busy-ness of our role.

We are sharing it here with permission.  

The APPA is in discussion with the Ministry of Education to get clarity around the end-of-year reporting requirements. Once we have clarity, we will share this with you.

October Council Meeting 

A reminder that the APPA Council is meeting 12.30pm on 25 October at Kohia Teachers Centre.  We look forward to seeing Cluster/Association Presidents at this meeting.   The Agenda is here

End of Year APPA Awards

Retirements

We acknowledge all of those colleagues who are retiring in 2023 at our annual awards luncheon in November. Please let Sue Green know of any principal retirements so we may acknowledge their mahi executivesecretary@appa.org.nz 

The Executive is also seeking nominations for our annual service awards.  See criteria below for our Fellow and Distinguished Fellow Awards.  

Fellow of the APPA Award This award may be given to current principals, retired principals, or others (i.e. not principals) who have given notiable service to the APPA and or made a positive impact on education. APPA Members shall refer nominations to the Executive for approval via their local Principals' Cluster or Association with the endorsement of that Cluster/Association's President.  The Executive may also nominate APPA members for this award. 

Distinguished Fellows of the APPA Award This award may be given to current principals, retired principals, or others (i.e. not principals) who have already been awarded "Fellows of the APPA"  (or the former Service with Distinction Award) and who have continued to give notiable service to the APPA and to education.

APPA Members shall refer nominations to the Executive for approval via their local Principals Cluster/Association with the endorsement of that Cluster/Association's President.  The Executive may also nominate APPA members for this award. 

https://appa.org.nz/appa-awards-and-executive-history - previous awardees.  Please send any nomintions to heathm@appa.org.nz  

Your support in acknowledging our colleagues is much appreciated. 

The recent resourcing and Banked Staffing seminar was a great success. It was fantastic to see many principals there with someone else from their schools who support them in this space. Wayne and Lesley both made it very clear that they are there to help...keeping in mind Wayne is a private contractor. This being said...watch this space as we are looking at creative solutions to make Wayne more readily available to members whilst reducing the financial impact. Lesley Winstanley has made a significant impact in the resourcing space and is doing some excellent work with schools.

Here is a link to Wayne's materials in case you missed the session along with a link to the various staffing and funding forms that may be useful.

Lesley is available at lesley.winstanley@education.govt.nz

On Wednesday the 9th of August, APPA Council members and Cluster Presidents met with Iona Holsted to discuss issues currently facing Auckland schools. For the most part, it was a positive meeting with an acknowledgement that these issues are very real and they are likely to be around for the foreseeable future until changes start to effect the necessary improvements. The discussion focused on four main themes staffing, learning and attendance support, leadership development and retention and curriculum changes.

Some of the solutions we discussed centred on developing creative approaches to ITE that are more fit for purpose; making greater use of alternative staffing solutions such as LAT's; promoting teaching in schools to inspire a new generation of young people to go into teaching and continuing conversations around the impact of Kahui Ako and the Curriculum Refresh to name a few.

We will be working with the MOE and council members going forward to progress some of these solutions and others as quickly as possible. 

We are excited to share that we have confirmed party representatives from Labour, National, Greens and ACT to speak at the Term 3 Business Partner Luncheon.

Rawden Christie will be putting a series of questions to the various parties to give you insights into their plans and more importantly solutions to support the education sector.

Rawden has been tasked with ensuring we get answers that highlight tangible actions and solutions that will address the myriad of issues we are facing. Political spin will not solve these problems and it is our job to keep pressure on these leaders to address the root causes with intelligent, research-based, informed solutions and not offer superficial tinkering.

Each of the following representatives will have a few minutes to share their vision for education followed by a panel discussion and time permitting a Q and A from the floor.

Labour Hon Jan Tinetti
National Erica Stanford
Greens Teanau Tuiono
ACT David Seymour

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 6th September
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre
Agenda:

12:00 - 12:45 pm - Lunch

12:45 - 2:00 pm - Panel Discussion

2:00 - 2:30 pm - APPA Update

You can find the link to the registration form here

The MOE has indicated that new Individual Employment Contracts (IEAs) will be made available from the 14th of August for non-union member teaching staff. All non-union members will need to sign a new IEA in order to receive their lump sum payment and relevant back pay. Whilst there is no set date for when the lump sum payment will be made, indications are that assuming the majority of IEAs are submitted to payroll promptly payments will be made in late September. Likewise, back pay for those on IEAs will be processed once all other collective settlements have been processed. There is no indicative timeline for this as yet.

The newly promulgated IEAs are available on the Education website. Link to relevant web page

Having started with 17 applicants, the selection panel are excited to announce the two successful recipients of the 2024 ASB Travelling Fellowship.

Moira Blair of Three Kings School has been awarded a 1 Term Fellowship to explore how we can ensure Principals are well prepared and well supported on the leadership journey to ensure they are set up for success. This is highly relevant as we look to grow our Principal workforce and more importantly, retain our existing people. Moira has plans to travel to the UK and Canada to explore the current leadership strategies being adopted in these countries. 

Kelly Slater-Brown of Bucklands Beach Primary has been awarded a 2 Term Fellowship to explore approaches to inclusive education that have successfully supported teachers and school leaders to provide environments in which neurodiverse students can thrive. With the increasing number of complex needs entering our schools, this is a study that has the potential to provide some incredibly valuable insights and ideas that could be adopted in schools across Aotearoa. Kelly has plans to travel to the USA, Italy and possibly Canada to explore a variety of settings.

We wish both Fellows the very best with their research and we look forward to them sharing their insights later next year.

Applications for the 2025 Travelling fellowship will open early in 2024. Further details will be shared at that time.

Kathy Moy-Low will be our guest speaker at this term's Business Partner Luncheon.

Kathy is an experienced and successful school principal. She has also worked as a Lead Conduct Investigator with the New Zealand Teaching Council. As an independent educational consultant and licensed investigator with over 20 years of experience within the education sector, she will share with us examples of misconduct raised with the Teaching Council's Disciplinary Tribunal.

Business partners are welcome to join us on Wednesday for a 12:30 start. The venue will be open from 11:30 for those below to set up.

The following Business Partners are invited to have a stand at the Term 2 luncheon

ASB (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

All gold level partners: (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

  • Crewcare
  • EdTech
  • Norrcom
  • Oasis Education
  • Photolife
  • Sebel Distinction
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Silver level partners: (allocation of 2 staff per luncheon)

  • Footsteps Dance
  • Noel Leeming

Bronze level partners: (allocation of 1 staff per luncheon)

  • iLearn
  • Lundia
  • MOTAT

Please RSVP to Sue Green, executivesecretary@appa.org.nz by Friday 20 May.

Business partners who aren't listed above and who wish to attend are welcome to knowing that Sue will send you an invoice. 

Our conference is well underway, and Steve King and I headed to Taupō earlier this week to finalise the arrangements. Find out more about the conference here

Please do not use the registration link on the website as that registration process is for principals and will automatically generate an invoice. Use this link for Business Partners Registrations.

Accommodation

For those wanting to book accommodation at the Hilton, please use this link to secure your booking.

Theme

Our theme for the conference is Reconnect, Refresh and Renew and already we have 70 principals booked in. Keeping in theme with the conference, the theme for the conference dinner is Op Shop Glam - time to reconnect with those styles of your youth, refresh them or renew them for a great night!

Expo Area

As we have done in past years, we are using the basement car park for our Expo Area. The conference will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Expo Area with a whakatau followed by drinks and canapes. 

Morning tea and lunch on Thursday, and morning tea on Friday will be served in the Expo Area and we will once again have a BP passport to make delegates come and reconnect with you. If you will be offering a prize, please indicate this on the registration link.

Conference Set-up and Pack-down

EventRent will be setting up on Wednesday morning and Business Partners will be able to set up from 2:30 to 4:30. EventRent will have a techie on site from 3:30 for any BPs who need support.

If you need to send anything down ahead of time, please arrange for this to arrive no sooner than Monday 19 June and address it to:

APPA Conference, Attn: Casey Ngātamariki

Please arrange the collection of anything to be transported for Friday 23 June as we are not able to leave anything behind.

Thursday Afternoon Hauora Activity

As we did last year, we are heading to DropZone for our Ten-Pin Bowling Social Activity. When you complete the registration form you will be able to register for this activity. The ten-pin teams will be randomly selected with at least one BP in each team.

Thursday Night Dinner

As above, the theme is Op Shop Glam and there will be a chance for everyone to get up and have a bit of a kanikani after dinner. If you do not wish to attend the dinner, please indicate this on the registration form. Those who are attending will be spread around the tables to allow for networking. 

List of Attendees & Floor Plan

On June 1 you will receive the floor plan and the list of attendees to give you time to direct any marketing to them prior to the conference. The size of your stand will be the same as last year. For those who haven't attended before, we work on the basis of four stands in a U shape over three normal-size car-parking bays.

Extras

We are always limited for space and expect the conference to sell out. If you intend to bring more than your agreement allocation to the conference, Sue Green will invoice you for this. 

Questions??

If you have any questions, please direct these to me at kevinb@appa.org.nz and I will be in touch as quickly as I can. If it is urgent, please call me on 027 568 1031.

The APPA Executive and I look forward to reconnecting with you all in Taupō,

Kevin

From the start of Term 2 through to the end of the year, I am on secondment to the Ministry of Education as a Leadership Advisor for South and South-West Auckland. My role will be supporting principals when they need help, being a conduit between schools and the ministry, and supporting principals in implementing new policies. 

At this stage, I will still be the Business Partners Liaison for APPA but my contact details have changed to the following:

I will only be able to access my emails from my home computer so I will be answering these at night and making phone contact outside of work hours.

Ngā mihi,

Kevin

Don't forget to lock into your diaries our annual conference in Taupō from Wednesday 21 June to Friday 23 June.

Before the end of the term we will be sending more information out to you about conference.

As the conference has become more and more popular, and with the limited numbers  the Hilton can cater for, we are having to tighten up on who can attend conference. Registrations from principals will be accepted first with registrations from middle management accepted should there be space. Likewise, we are going to have to limit how many business partner staff can attend and we will be adhering to the numbers allowed for in the business partner contracts which is the same as the luncheons. 

Despite getting many calls and emails from companies wanting to have a presence at our conference, we only invite our business partners to conference to give your maximum exposure to the principals who attend. and will continue to do so.

We look forward to being with you at conference in June.

Our end of year luncheon is open to all business partners. However, we do not have stalls at the end of year luncheon, it is simply a time to sit back and enjoy everyone's company.

Business Partners who are invited to have a stand at Term 4 luncheon

ASB (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

All gold level partners: (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

  • Crewcare
  • EdTech
  • Norrcom
  • Oasis Education
  • Photolife
  • Sebel Distinction
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work

Silver level partners: (allocation of 2 staff per luncheon)

  • Footsteps Dance
  • Noel Leeming

Bronze level partners: (allocation of 1 staff per luncheon)

  • LecSafe
  • Skids

Business Partners who are invited to have a stand at Term 3 luncheon:

ASB (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

All gold level partners: (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

  • Crewcare
  • EdTech
  • Norrcom
  • Oasis Education
  • Photolife
  • Sebel Distinction
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Silver level partners: (allocation of 2 staff per luncheon)

  • Edwards Sound
  • Linewize
  • Tui Tuia Learning Circles

Bronze level partners (allocation of 1 staff per luncheon)

  • Cushionfall Reharvest
  • Equico
  • Playground

Business Partners who are invited to have a stand at Term 2 luncheon

ASB (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

All gold level partners: (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

  • Crewcare
  • EdTech
  • Norrcom
  • Oasis Education
  • Photolife
  • Sebel Distinction
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Silver level partners: (allocation of 2 staff per luncheon)

  • Footsteps Dance
  • Noel Leeming

Bronze level partners: (allocation of 1 staff per luncheon)

  • iLearn
  • Lundia
  • MOTAT

Business Partners who are invited to market at our Term 1 luncheon

ASB (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

All gold level partners: (allocation of 4 staff per luncheon)

  • Crewcare
  • EdTech
  • Norrcom
  • Oasis Education
  • Photolife
  • Sebel Distinction
  • University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Silver level partners: (allocation of 2 staff per luncheon)

  • Edwards Sound
  • Linewize
  • Tui Tuia Learning Circles

Bronze level partners: (allocation of 1 staff per luncheon)

  • Auckland Museum
  • Deejays
  • Learning Network New Zealand

Kia ora koutou,

For the fourth year in a row our first term has been disrupted. Let's hope this is all we get for the rest of the year and all of us can settle back into our schools and businesses. Hopefully none of you, our business partners, suffered too badly over the past two weather events.

Once again, I'm the Business Partner Liaison for APPA and it gives me great pleasure to let you know about our upcoming business partner lunch at Ellerslie Events Centre on Wednesday 1 March. 

Cecilia Robinson, founder and creator of one of New Zealand’s most successful ever start-ups My Food Bag, will be our guest speaker. Cecilia has three children, two are primary school age and a pre-schooler, and she will speak around the topic, 'Have the expectations of parents towards engaging with school changed, how do parents see their role in school in the 2020’s and what does this look like from both angles?'

The programme for the luncheon is:

11:00 Business Partner access for set up

11:30 - 12:20 Principals arrive

12:20 Opening karakia and AGM

12:50 Guest Speaker

1:30 Lunch served

2:00 Cash bar available

2:45 Bar closes

As you will see in the programme, we are trialling having a cash bar after the lunch for those who want to have a drink and network.

Below is the roster for business partner marketing at our luncheons through the year. If you are down for marketing at this luncheon, please RSVP through this link or to Sue Green at executivesecretary@apa.org.nz stating how many of your staff will be present. You're welcome to bring more if you wish and Sue will invoice you for those over and above your contracted allowance.

Business partners who aren't down to market at the luncheon are more than welcome to attend. Here again, please RSVP to Sue at executivesecretary@apa.org.nz and she will invoice you for the lunch. 

Ngā mihi,

Kevin Bush

027 292 7706

businesspartners@appa.org.nz

After the rugged start to the year, we are looking forward to our first Business Partners' Luncheon of the year on Wednesday, 1 March at Ellerslie Events Centre. 

We are pleased to announce Cecilia Robinson, founder and creator of one of New Zealand’s most successful ever start-ups My Food Bag, will be our guest speaker. Cecilia has three children, two are primary school age and a pre-schooler, and she will speak around the topic, 'Have the expectation of parents towards engaging with school changed, how do parents see their role in school in the 2020’s and what does this look like from both angles?'

Make sure you book your seat for our first BP Luncheon through BP Lunch at Ellerslie Events Centre – APPA Registration or executivesecretary@appa.org.nz.