End of Term Three 2021
Kia ora koutou
Two weeks of Level Three almost over and we have holidays in sight! We know a lot of you have been telling your teams to take the opportunity to rest up and recharge, we all need to follow this advice! Once again we have faced a challenging and difficult term in what is proving to be a prolonged and challenging couple of years, and we know that we have more challenge to come!
We thank you for your voice in helping to shape the response to the situation we face. The holiday data we gathered was instrumental in shaping the Minister's decision. Last week we gathered information about the extent to which schools were going above and beyond to support their communities and the results were pretty sobering. We have shared this information with Local Ministry and Iona Holsted. We are lobbying for a more unified approach to support communities that involves Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education and Schools being aligned.
We continue to request additional resourcing for Auckland Schools as a result of the prolonged restrictions, we look forward to some decisions being made so that we can support our students ahead of any return to school.
Alert Level Changes
We cannot predict what Alert Level we will be in to start Term Four. However, as leaders we are always thinking about what is coming next, so Level 2 is our focus. As always, our source of truth is the Ministry of Education Bulletin. It is important to take the time to read the bulletins carefully. Level 2 information has been out for a number of weeks due to the rest of the country being in this Alert Level. We have asked the Ministry to remember that Auckland Schools will need reminding of these requirements over the coming weeks.
There will be many questions as we head into Term Four - Can we run graduations? What about Discos? Professional Learning staff onsite or not? Please gather your questions here, this may give the MoE opt in sessions more of an opportunity to have the information answered rather than a - we will find out about that. We can also progress these questions at a National level as we are part of regular Peak Body meetings.
Congratulations to Auckland Principals elected to NZPF
Congratulations to Cherie Taylor-Patel, elected as the 2022 NZPF President. Cherie will be joined by a strong contingent of Auckland Principals on the NZPF Executive - Stephanie Thompson, Julie Hepburn and Gavin Beere. We look forward to working with the NZPF to forward the issues facing us in Auckland.
Our communities take the lead from us. Thank you for your leadership, your calm assuredness in the face of adversity and for your support for your school communities in a time of uncertainty. You are valued and appreciated.
You have colleagues to support you, reach out. You have colleagues to support, reach out. As always, your APPA Executive are here if you need anything.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not far apart
As we are approaching the end of the year we need to make sure we recognise those in the region who have provided service to education.
If anyone is retiring from the profession, or moving schools please let Sue Green know about it.
It is also time to seek nominations for the APPA Service Awards. Please take some time to think of colleagues who deserve recognition.
We honour recipients at the end of year luncheon.
Fellow of the APPA
Nominees should have at least 3 years service to the Association – Council, Executive, Leading/member of a Committee or Work Force, or have had an impact on Education beyond their Cluster.
Distinguished Fellow of the APPA
Nominees should have at least 5 years service to the Association - Council, Executive, Leading a Committee or Work Force, or have had significant impact on Education beyond their Cluster.
To be awarded, following retirement from the profession, to recognise an exceptional contribution to APPA and to Principals.
May be awarded to Past Presidents or members of the Executive of APPA, or other members/recognised educational professionals, whom the awards committee maintain is worthy by deed or example of such recognition. Nominees may have received an APPA Distinguished Fellow Award.
The number of recipients will be limited.
Please note that the previous conference date of 20-22 October 2021, has now been moved to 6-8 April 2022.
All pre-booked registrations have been transferred, and your place will be held, at the same price as advertised.
The Hilton Taupō has transferred all previously booked accommodation.
Please remember to change your flight dates as well.
Do not hesitate to contact Sue Green if you have any questions.
This link will guide you through installing the APPA App on your phone.