Challenging, Rewarding, Busy.

By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Tuesday October 23, 2018

Always, a busy term in any school setting but for those in intermediates, celebrating and farewelling half of the school population while preparing to welcome the new half of the school, all in a terms work, in the life of an intermediate school.

Kia ora koutou,

 Welcome to Term 4. This is always a busy term in any school setting but possibly more so for those of us in intermediates. It is essential we have robust, student centred transition processes in place and that we celebrate our student's success as many of their experiences with us form lifelong memories.

For those of you based in areas that are experiencing severe staffing shortages, we appreciate the stress of your situation. Finally, the MOE has acknowledges there is an issue and they now predict we will require 650 extra primary teachers and 200 extra secondary teachers in 2019.

Minister Hipkins has released information about a package designed to help schools find teachers over the next few years. Details available in the Minister’s media release.

Thank you to all who sent staff to our Specialist Conference in Wellington. The format varied from our previous events as it had the additional option of providing the opportunity for teachers to see the skills required in the tertiary sector through visits to training centres. Our sincere thanks to all our Wellington colleagues for their input into the programme. It always adds just a little more stress when you have ‘visitors’ in your school but we are firmly of the belief it is one of the most effective ways to share and discuss practise while seeing learning in action. A special thank you to Angela Lowe from Newlands Intermediate for bringing the wide ranges of visits available together.

At the beginning of November we have our inaugural conference for, ‘Teachers who work with Students in the Middle Years’. The selection of speakers promises to be superb as well as being totally relevant to the skills and knowledge our teachers need in their classrooms on a daily basis. There are a few spaces still available if you wish to send staff. Thank you to Phil Tappenden for being the lead organiser of this event.

The Curriculum Progress and Achievement task force is calling for feedback. They appreciate it is a very busy time of year but they are working within the timeframe they have been given. Please try to find the time to discuss the ‘Emerging Ideas’ with your staff, and submit your feedback through the survey available on Korero Matauranga, the hub for the Education Conversation.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of NZAIMS. It is a pleasure to work with our current Executive Team who all work constantly promote the profile of intermediate and middle schooling as well as provide opportunities to share best practices for our staff so that our tamariki all have quality learning experiences.

Best wishes for the term ahead and we will be in contact mid December to provide you with an overview of our 2019 calendar.  

Ngā mihi maioha,

Sharon Keen.