APPA Term 3 Update
Kia ora e te Whānau
Firstly, thank you all for your continued hard work in this difficult time. While Covid-19 infections are tracking downward we still experience fallout from cases in our schools, winter-illnesss are now part of the mix, and staffing and attendance continue to challenge.
Our challenges are not going away, last week to lighten my mood I focused on the ordinary, what was in my control. I was stressing about staff absences, the need to split classes, no relievers, and not having sourced a teacher to cover a class in Term 4. It was the routine mahi, the work I signed up for, what I could control, and students, who helped lift my mood.
Our Kikorangi team had achieved the 'extra half hour of playtime supervised by the principal' reward. This reward involved me sitting in the sun on the terraces 'supervising' the kids kicking a ball on the field, doing rolly pollies down the astro-turf hill, having a ping-pong-athon, and going hard-out on the adventure playground. Their smiles and laughter made me feel like I had won the prize. While there are plenty of matters for us to ponder, taking a moment to celebrate small joys is important too, he auki te pō, hepaewai ki te ao, rain at night, eels at dawn. And, I do appreciate that for some of my colleagues, having a half hour to sit in the sun is likely a big ask currently.
Sleep, Fatigue and Burnout
Last month I signed up for the EAP Gold Star programme sponsored by the Ministry of Education (as mentioned in the Bulletin - goldstar.nz.) The content EAP Goldstar provided was really helpful. This month's new content and webinar focusing on sleep, fatigue and burnout was also useful. The webinar was interactive with teachers and principals also providing suggestions about what supports well-being.
Thank you for the invitations to your cluster events it is helpful to understand what matters in our community directly. Plus the chat and the camaraderie (and the breakfasts and lunches) are lovely too. Like my half hour sitting in the sun, these events provide a much need break in our fierce schedules.
I look forward to seeing you at our APPA luncheon on the 24th of August. As with attending the hugely successful APPA conference, making time to catch-up with colleagues outside of normal busy environs enhances self-care and wellbeing.
Ngā mihi nui
Please check to see that you have the following Term 3 & 4 dates in your diary:
Term 3 APPA Principals' Luncheon
- 24 August The Tote on Ascot, Ellerslie Events Centre, 12.30-2pm
Join with your peers and our business partners for a sumptuous lunch, an engaging speaker, great company in an iconic venue.
Please register with Sue Green firstname.lastname@example.org and she will confirm your prepaid (or not) status.
Term 3 Cluster Presidents and Council Members Hui
- September 8th, Kohia Teachers Centre 10.30am - 12.00pm
Term 4 APPA Principals' Luncheon
- October 12 The Tote on Ascot, Ellerslie Events Centre, 12.30-2pm
Term 4 Cluster Presidents and Council Members Hui
- 3 November, Kohia Teachers Centre 10.30am - 12.00pm
End of Year - APPA Principals and Alumni Luncheon
- 11 November, The Tote on Ascot, Ellerslie Events Centre, 12.00-2pm
APPA Executive Mahi
The APPA continue to meet regularly with the Regional and National Ministry officials and lobby hard for our students and colleagues across Tāmaki Makaurau. We meet fortnightly with Deidre Alderson and Tanya Harvey , and monthly with Minister Tinetti. Executive members attend a range of meetings such as weekly Sector Working Group:under the CPF, Peak Bodies meetings with Iona and her team, Pouarataki, work with the NZC Curriculum Refresh teams, and are fortunate to have strong executive representation in Te Akatea Maori and Pasifika Principals Association. The APPA represents over 400 principals and our voice is an important one.
We are listened to, and we inform the work being undertaken nationally and regionally. The new NZC Curriculum Refresh Newsletter, and the Curriculum Term by Term Planner, will help us better understand the progress of the NZC Curriculum Refresh and what support is available. While the on-line Curriculum Hub is still a work in progress this will also be a one stop shop, and better support principals. We are also looking forward to the release of further news of the Literacy and Maths strategies.
MOE Resourcing, and those who lead this area in the Ministry, have worked hard on our behalf to streamline the processes for Covid-19 reimbursements. We have drawn their attention to the issues around staff who have lost CRT or other release while covering for Covid staff absences. If you maintain good records of staff who have been redeployed and who need this time made up, please share this information with Resourcing directly, as this helps demonstrate the realities of staffing challenges we face in our schools currently.
We continue to lobby hard for extra Learning Loss staffing for Auckland schools in 2023.
ASB/APPA/TTPA Travelling Fellowship Update
The Executive met recently with representatives of the ASB to discuss the future of the Travelling Fellowship. Our current fellows are patiently waiting to have their opportunity to travel, hopefully they will be able to do so in the near future. The Team at ASB confirmed their commitment to APPA/TTPA and we thank them most sincerely for their support of our principals.
Kyle Brewerton is working on better understanding the extent that primary and intermediate schools are disadvantaged by the current staffing ratios, and other inequalities between the sectors.
Having clarity around these inequities is important as we work with the Ministry and as we move in to a Collective Bargaining round. Having good data on the issues we are concerned about are helpful in deciding any next steps we take as an Association. We will be seeking feedback on this matter shortly.
University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work have upcoming webinars in August that could be of interest to APPA members.
The theme is Teaching High Quality HPE: putting core concepts into action.
More details can be found on the Eventbrite page.
With a different topic each Thursday, this Thursday's topic is How can we make schools more inclusive for sex, gender and sexuality diverse youth?