Panui June 2015
Tena tatou katoa i runga i nga ahuaranga o te wa. Ko te tumanako e haere pai ana to wahanaga ako nei.
Term 2 is quickly coming to a conclusion and it's the 'full on' time of the year with assessments, reports and parent teacher interviews! Kia kaha kaiako ma!.
Our Te Akatea Executive met recently at my school Whau Valley here in Whangarei and judging by the kai consumed we were productive! Anyways, some notes...
TE AKATEA CONFERENCE
The Aka Tamaki conference committee have made a couple of 'tweaks' to their programme. They promise these changes will make the whole experience better than what was the original plan as they incorporate in ideas from other conferences. For you to experience these, you need to do two things. As you check out the Te Akatea website, register yourself as a member and THEN register for the conference itself. Moana Jackson, Wally Penetito, Dr Lorri Santamaria, Dr Melinda Webber, Professor Angus McFarlane and our own Hoana Pearson QSM ! Wow! get your BOT and Senior Management along to the conference.
TE AKATEA EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS
This is election year and many of you would have seen the election notice on the NZPF website. This has seen a flurry of enquiries from members and non members alike. The election timeline has been posted on our website but the most important date, at present, is that you must be a member by August 2nd if you wish to stand or vote in the elections. To register as a full member (Principal) or Associate member (Senior Management, academics, educationalist) please once again go to the website and at the bottom right hand corner of our website homepage is a "Join us" Google form or PDF link. Please note that only Principals can be nominated for the Executive and that individuals are members NOT schools. Every individual member registered will be eligible to vote.
Te Akatea Executive needs new and experienced hands to steer the waka with a NEW President. We encourage those Aka's established to seriously consider ensuring they have at least one nominee standing. There is a possibility of nine elected positions. Those nominees standing will be required to have signed support of their Board of Trustees as the mahi does require that the BOT approve of your time outside of school on "National" business. Should you wish further information regarding this, either feel free to talk with any of the current executive for a heads up on what is required or request the "BOT Statement of Support" form, from our Elections Returning Officer, Sheryle Beckham.
Recently you would have received emails with information about the changes from the old Teachers Council to the new authority EDUCANZ. Please engage with these, there are important changes that you will need to implement in your schools.
This Friday two of our executive members travel into the Uruwera area to meet a number of Tumuaki keen to establish a branch association (Aka) for themselves. After an approach from this group, our executive thought it was important enough to head down to tautoko.
The Executive have contact with, or are part of, very successful active Aka so we feel we are in the position to share models with any group of Maori Principals interested in our support in developing a local Maori Principals Association.
We will report back how that meeting went. In addition to this, there is also interest from groups of Maori Principals over on the East Coast and in the King Country. We will continue the discussion with them.
MAC - Maori Achievement Collaborative
Congratulations to Damon Ritai and the Taranaki Roopu for organising a very successful MAC Hui Wananga in Waitara from May 13th to 15th. The organisation and speakers were superb and I came away from the conference feeling both challenged and supported in the mahi l do in improving achievement for our Maori students. For more information please go to the Te Akatea website where there is a MAC Tab.
IN THE MEANTIME...
Tiakai i a koe ano! Take quality time for you! Consider becoming a member of Te Akatea. If you are a member, consider standing for the executive. If you're super keen consider an office on the executive. As you're doing all of that, put the Te Akatea Conference on your next BOT report for board members to register alongside you.
Heoi ano, ma te Atua tatou e manaaki e tiaki ano hoki, tena tatou katoa!