APPA Newsletter 30 November 2022
Kia ora ngā Tumuaki o Tāmaki Makaurau
It is hard to believe that we are so close to the end of Term 4. It has been another challenging year, with many demands on our time, energy and wellbeing. I would like to acknowledge your mahi, the care you take of your students, staff, whānau and communities. What you do matters, and every one of you make a difference. The schools of Tāmaki Makaurau are fortunate to have such dedicated leaders.
APPA have been lobbying for a Tāmaki Makaurau Principals Wellbeing Payment, as other regional associations have received this funding. Please see below for information regarding a Tāmaki Makaurau Ministry of Education Principals' Wellbeing Fund.
The announcement from Minister Tinetti of a substantial system overhaul for the support of students with high learning needs is also welcome. A business case and work programme are being scoped over the next six months, and in the short-term the Ministry of Education is strengthening the current model to make it quicker and simpler for learners and their whānau to get the support they need. The APPA have lobbied strongly for system changes and will be monitoring this mahi closely, and feeding in to the business case and work programme.
The Refresh of New Zealand Curriculum is of concern to the Executive given the work demands we face in our schools currently. The APPA Executive has repeatedly raised this matter with the Ministry and Minsters. While there are plenty of useful 'resources' to support the implementation of the Refresh there is no mention (as yet) of the 'resourcing' we need for this work, we will continue our lobbying in this regard.
When thinking about your school's strategic planning for 2023, be mindful that we are not yet in a post-pandemic world. There will be challenges in Auckland in 2023 around staffing, relievers, support of learners, wellbeing and... When you (and your board) are planning for 2023, think through some of the challenges we faced in 2022, and whether these might be mitigated somewhat if they were to occur again.
The 2023 year might be one where you entrench previous learning, being mindful not to overload the strategic plan with new initiatives. Slow but steady wins the race. Your board will be keen to support the well-being of staff, including you, and will hopefully be supportive of a measured, steady and manageable pace in 2023.
And, pace yourself over the next few weeks, draw on the strength of your team, and over the holiday period have a very restful break from the complex demands of leading a school - Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi.
Huge thanks to the APPA Executive, Council, Clusters and Associations, and to our wonderful Business Partners. Your work in 2022 is much appreciated by all.
He honore, he kororia ki te atua he maungarongo ki te whenua he whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa.
Te Mahau has made a sum of money available to Auckland Principals to support their well being. APPA is supporting Te Mahau in the distribution of these funds.
Stipends of $2000 are available for Principals to apply for. If you are interested in applying for a stipend to support your well being, please complete the brief application form below.
Please note, Principals who received the ‘Wellbeing support funding for first-time principals (May 2022) and private schools are not eligible for this fund.
The timeline is as follows: (Apologies for the abbreviated timeframe, but approval has only just been obtained for the distribution of these funds)
Closing Date: Dec 9
APPA to Review Apps: Dec 12
Awardees Announced: Dec 14
Funds will be distributed to successful applicants via Pourato in the new year.
Our final meeting of the APPA Council for 2022 was held earlier this term. Thank you to all of the 2022 representatives and presidents from across the Tāmaki Makaurau region who met with the Executive twice per term, some travelling considerable distance to attend. Your time in representing your Clusters' and Associations views is much appreciated.
The Council is an important aspect of APPA. It is a direct conduit from clusters and associations to the Executive, and vice versa, and as such ensures topical matters are discussed and debated with some vigor. We thank Kyle Brewerton for his organisation of Council meetings in 2022.
Our thoughts have been with those principals and their school communities who have suffered traumatic incidents this year, some quite recent. Your work in supporting your students, staff, whānau and community takes a huge toll on your wellbeing, do reach out to your colleagues of if we can support you in any way.
Thank you also to the MOE's Traumatic Incidents teams who work alongside principals and staff to manage these incidents and the aftermath, and in developing appropriate processes, communication and well-being support for all involved.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 APPA Awards who were acknowledged at our end of year luncheon recently. The recipients were nominated by their peers/clusters and acknowledge signigicant service to education in Tāmaki Makaurau.
- Stephen Lethbridge Rangi-mata-rau - Pt Chevalier School
- Shirley Maihi - Finlayson Park School
- Leyette Callister
- Tony Sissons
Life Membership Awards:
- Deidre Alderson
- Terry Hewetson
- Helen Varney
At the luncheon, APPA members and alumni acknowledged those principals who retired in 2022 or are just about to retire. We thank our principal retirees for their many years of service and wish them well in their future endeavours/retirement. And, for those principals moving out of education, go well.
We were fortunate to begin our lunch with Rehu Tai performances from schools across Auckland. We are in awe of Talita - Sutton Park School, Tupu - Ponsonby Primary, Doreen - Manurewa Intermediate School, Sam - Northcote Intermediate School, and Ben- Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. Thank you Jane Bush and to the students and schools for making this performance possible.
|15 February (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|1 March (Wednesday)||Luncheon & AGM||12.30 -2.00pm|
|16 March (Thursday)||Alumni Lunch - Kohia||12.30 -2.30pm|
|22 March (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 3||10 May (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 5||24 May (Wednesday)||Luncheon||12.30 -2.30pm|
|Wk 7||8 June (Thursday)||Alumni Lunch - Kohia||12.30 -2.30pm|
|Wk 8||14 June (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 9||21 June (Wednesday)||Conference|
|Wk 3||2 August (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 5||16 August (Wednesday)||Luncheon||12.30 -2.30pm|
|Wk 7||31 August (Thursday)||Alumni/ASB/APPA Fellowship Lunch - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 8||6 September (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 9||NZPF Conference Queenstown|
|Wk 3||18 October (Wednesday)||Council Meeting - Kohia||12.30 -2.00pm|
|Wk 5||26 October (Wednesday)||Luncheon||12.30 -2.30pm|
|Wk 6||17 November (Wednesday)||
Council Meeting & Awards Luncheon