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Kaupapa a ngā Tumuaki
Issue 8
23 March 2017
President's Message:

Tēnā koe Jamie
Niwha - Grit
Ka mahi te tawa, uho ki te riri
Well done, those of you whose courage is like the heart of the Tawa tree
E te whānau, ngā tumuaki o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou katoa

What a fantastic day we had at our NZPF Moot last Friday!  I want to thank every regional president who travelled from Te Tai Tokerau in the north to Murihiku in the south, from Taranaki in the west and from Te Tai Rawhiti in the east, to make their contribution on your behalf.  

The Moot topic was about 'change' and 'navigating change' which is challenging for us all. This year executive members sat with participants and recorded all the good ideas and debates on a shared google doc.  All of that information is now being collated and will be shared with the participants and then with all principals through this newsletter and our NZPF website. The material will inform our draft political manifesto and our position when advocating on your behalf. In due course that too will be shared with you through this newsletter.
You can access my speech to the Moot participants here.

Our first scan of the Moot recordings is showing that top of your priority list is managing children with high learning and behavioural needs. We note that this is totally consistent with the survey we conducted last year. Given that there has been no change since then,  I want you to know that I have asked Ministry staff responsible for resourcing learning support to convene a meeting to discuss this issue.  The two major problems coming through are the lack of specialist professional support and funding. 

Next week I shall be in Edinburgh, with the Minister and other sector leaders, attending the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. This is an annual event. The Minister will be updating her 2016 commitments to the profession which are to embed professional collaboration and career pathways to grow student learning outcomes through CoLs; and explore opportunities for career pathways between ECE, schools and government to strengthen the system and PLD. I look forward to sharing our views on collaboration, career pathways and PLD at the summit.

Our first Rural Matters publication for the year has just been posted on our website. It is designed by our Vice President Karen Brisco, to support rural  principals and principals leading small schools, but there are tips and messages which may be of benefit to all of you!

You will see below an extensive notice on Banking Staffing from our Life Member, Gavin Price which we included last week as well. Take the time to read it because the advice could save you both time and money.  

I welcome your feedback and thank all of you who have written to me. I promise to always respond to your comments and questions.  

Ngā manaakitanga
Whetu Cormick
Early-bird registrations are open now for the 2017 NZPF Principals' Conference in Queenstown - 19-22 September 2017. The early-bird rate is available until 25 July 2017.

Please remember to book your accommodation ASAP through the conference website to get the conference discounts.
Don't miss out! Register now at
A banking Staffing Diary/checklist for 2017 - Issue 1

January - March
1. Check the year to date totals for each teacher from the pp22 Banking Staffing report, looking for instances of usage in excess of 27 FTTEs
click here
Use the 'Request for Banking Adjustment' form to seek an adjustment.
click here

2. Consider using the MOE Banking Staffing Modelling Spreadsheet
click here
or my NZPF Banking Staffing Planner
click here
to model your likely entitlement and usage out to year end for better management of the resource.

3. Claim back holiday pay for teachers who leave during or at the end of term one by determining their salary usage for their final pay period (number of days times 0.07) and comparing with the total usage showing on the banking staffing report for that final pay period using the following link

4. Locate and file Table M3 (Your 1 March Headcount by MOE Funding Year Level) to use when you are completing your predicted entry year levels and March to 10 October intake on the July Return.  Click here for the link
Intermediate and High Schools need the previous year Table M3 as well as the current year Table M3 to calculate progression rates and entry year level predictions.

5. Calculate the likely dollar value of last year's underuse by dividing the previous year underuse remaining at pp26 by 27(there were 27 pay periods last yer), then multiplying by $53500.  If overused for last year, locate Previous Year Totals, Difference for Period line on the summary page of the current Banking Staffing report, and consider transferring cheaper salaries to BG for pp 26 if this is financially better than being charged for residual overuse at the MOE recovery rate for 2016 overuse. (This amount appears immediately below the difference for period total).

6. Remember that your Recalculation Funding is based on a 1 March return you sent to MOE, with a year one adjustment of 11/12ths of the actual year 1 roll on 1 March added to the total roll so that your new funding takes you to 10 October 2017

7. Using the MOE Staffing Calculator
connect to this link
Enter your current roll by MOE funding year level and calculate staffing to determine the 'Roll Based Staffing' these pupils generate.  Now edit roll data to use the tool to determine the 'tipping point' that will see a 0.1 or greater increase in your roll based staffing entitlement.  At that point, apply for staffing using the 'Staffing Roll Change Form'
Click on this link

Gavin Price, NZPF Life Member
027 607 6220
Earlybird registrations are open now for the 2017 NZPF Principals' Conference in Queenstown - 19-22 September 2017. The earlybird rate is available until 25 July 2017. Don't miss out! Register now at
At the most recent executive meeting we had a lengthy discussion on the current state of CoLs and expect to release an updated position by the end of the month.  Some of you will also have attended the Cross Sector Ministerial Forum on CoLs and will now know that the intention for CoLs stretches a long way beyond collaboration to address common achievement challenges and improve learning outcomes for our young people.

The over-riding issue now is that CoLs can share administration tasks, combine to save money on utilities, and pool funding for services like learning support, staffing and other functions.

Combine this new information with changes to the Update of the Education Act, and we can see that a CoL can also have just one Principal for all of the schools and one Board of Trustees for the CoL which would have one charter. This new approach for CoLs requires a new response.  We will be preparing a survey to send you shortly.   
You and/or your team members can easily access the NZ Principal Magazines online, as an e-magazine or as a PDF. Additionally you can search for a previous issue, an article by title or by the author of the article. All magazines back to Term 1 2012 are available in this format. To view or search click here.
The terms and holidays for state and state integrated schools for 2018-2020 have now been confirmed and are available to view here.
Storylines Children's Literature Trust of New Zealand is holding a National Festival Story Tour in 2017 in a collaborative partnership with other children's literature organisations such as  Duffy Books in Homes, publishers and regional libraries.

The Storylines Story Tours of New Zealand writers and illustrators will be provided in the regions (see below) at no cost to schools.  The Story Tour is  planned to maximise the time visiting authors and illustrators can spend with students and members of the public in a region.  We welcome and are grateful to schools or libraries prepared to host children from two or three neighbouring schools or early childhood centres. 

Northland Story Tour
Monday 8 May - Friday 12 May 2017.  Applications close Monday 17 April 2017
Apply here
South Auckland Story Tour
Monday 19 June (Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau) Applications close Monday 29 May 2017
Apply here
Waikato Story Tour
Tuesday 20 June - Friday 23 June 2017. Applications close Monday 29 May 2017
Apply here 
Bay of Plenty/Tauranga Story Tour
Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August 2017  Applications close Monday 10 July 2017
Apply here  
Palmerston North Story Tour
Monday 21 August - Friday 25 August 2017  Applications close Monday 24 July 2017
Apply here 
Nelson/Blenheim Story Tour
Monday 11 September - Friday 15 September 2017 Applications close Monday 21 August 2017

Apply here
Queenstown/Invercargill Story Tour
Monday 25 September - Friday 29 September 2017 Applications close Monday 4 September 2017
Apply here 

These tours fill rapidly, so get your application in today!  For more information visit the Storylines website


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