Term 3

By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Wednesday July 24, 2019

Much happening, much being planned and many dreams being dreamed.

Tēnā koe e hoa ma,

Welcome to Term Three, I hope everyone had a relaxing break as this is certainly a long term with no public holidays. Perhaps in the near future we will have access to Teacher Only Days.

Thank you to all who supported or participated in the Aspiring Leaders Conference in Auckland last term. There was an interesting and diverse range of speakers who engaged well with the audience. The feedback received strongly reinforces PLD that is, authenticated through local content and relevant to the ‘Age and Stage ‘ of our students.

‘Seamless Steam’ is our next major event. This is based in Wellington and at the time of writing, we had five places left. We find this conference is always well received as there are few opportunities for our Specialist Teachers to meet.

The AIMS Games are happening in early September. We are fortunate to be able to offer this experience to our students. This event is an amazing feat of organisation which is a memorable experience for our young people. An article updating you about the event and a link to the GAMES APP can be found later in the newsletter.

The last major event on our AIMS calendar for 2019 is the annual Summit Day on Monday September 16. This year we will be hosting it in Wellington at the Rydges Hotel, located at the airport. This means you can fly in and out with minimal fuss. We are endeavouring to engage politicians that can share news and views about the many proposed reforms.

Guidelines regarding the $150 Donation scheme will be available to all schools in August. The executive has made a submission.  The time frames with this have been very tight. If, when you receive the guidelines you have question please contact Ross and we will find the answers for you.

Another important development that has gone largely unnoticed is the inclusion of Year 7 and 8 in the NCEA review. The NCEA CHANGE PACKAGE outlines the key changes agreed in principle by the minister.

The Executive met with Rob Mill, Senior Manager, Operations& Implementation, Secondary Tertiary, and Simon Sanders last month to discuss the implications of this.

The aim is to introduce a co-requisite in Literacy and Numeracy that must be achieved before NCEA can be accredited. This 20 credits could be assessed as early as Year 7 or any time thereafter. None of us can dispute the need to improve Literacy and Numeracy, however, I have personal concerns and questions as to why as early as Year 7 and would this data then be used much as National Standards data was? There is currently no detail about what the co-requisite in Literacy and numeracy would look like and how the assessment would be undertaken, except that it would be an external assessment.

We will keep you informed of any developments.

Our election for 2020- 2022 Executive has resulted in the appointment of four members. However, we are advised some members did not receive the emails including nomination papers. Consequently, Craig O’Connell of Rap consulting will run a by-election for up to 2 further executive members. Details are contained in the article later in the newsletter. We are very sorry about this but have not been able to trace where the problem was.

Thank you to our current Executive for their ongoing work and support, they are very involved in a wide range of working groups and committees.

There are many strong and opposing views regarding the “Principal action” called by NZEI but I would encourage you to remain unified and support them. Having your BOT Chair sign the letter of support is a good starting point. If you have questions around engagement with MOE please contact your local union rep.

I hope the term goes well and we look forward to seeing you at the summit day.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Sharon 

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