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Issue 16
 13th October 2016
President's Message:
Tēnā koe <<First Name>>

For anyone who needs reminding, we're now heading down the final stretch which ends at Christmas. I say this because frankly I can't believe it myself! The holidays seemed much shorter this time, but I took a day or two to think about the NZPF annual report!  That meant reflecting on our year's work. 
We've done rather a lot actually, some of it quite visible to you and some of it probably not so visible.  One thing most of you will know little about is the work we have done to line up our vision, mission, values,  principles, goals and strategic foci and create operational plans for each focus area. This has made all our reporting structures so much more transparent and brought coherency to our work. It has also sharpened our concentration and provided clearer parameters for work streams.  These structures have enabled us to achieve some good outcomes especially in advancing principal hauora, PLD, rural support and the leadership advisory and progressing our Maori Achievement Collaborations (MACs).  We have more work to do especially in our Pasifika plans and in special education but at least we know what our direction is. We have also altered the term of our reporting from mid year to mid year to allow for continuity as presidents and executive members change. 

It hasn't all been internal structuring though. The year, as you know, has been filled with announcements about political, legislative and policy issues, the latest being the global funding announcements.  We encouraged you to attend the PUMs and I know hundreds of you have done that.  I think it is significant that PPTA and NZEI have joined forces on global funding, showing just how much feeling there is about it.

The other issue that remains is the CoLs. You will see a section below with a summary of the statement that we published in Principal Matters last term. Our major concerns are still unresolved.  They are the leadership structure and the narrowness of achievement challenges. We continue to advise you not to rush into forming CoLs if these two issues cannot be resolved. 

Time to gather all your positive energies now and push on. The end of year is looming.  Make sure it's a good one!

Noho ora mai ra

Iain Taylor
October 30 - 31: NZPF Executive Meeting, Queenstown
November 1: Rural Conference Funding applications close
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Con Coffey, former president of NZPF.
Con was principal of Redwood School in Tawa for many years and was an early adopter of NZPF. He held the position of National President from July 1987 to 1989.

He was amazing at making contacts with the decision makers in Wellington, at a pivotal time in education, the beginning of Tomorrow's Schools. He had a direct link to David Lange (who drove through the bill for Tomorrow's Schools to become enacted and then took over the Education portfolio to make it happen).

Very few of today's principals would know of the great work Con did in those formative years, but we owe him a debt of gratitude for that early work. Con was 90.
We are often asked what is our position on CoLs. Initially the advice of NZPF to principals in respect of Communities of Learning (CoLs) was to proceed cautiously and only if local needs across a broad scope of educational challenge could be adequately satisfied. This continues to be our advice. While it was agreed that the CoLs should have 3 – 5 measurable achievement challenges the Joint Initiative negotiated by NZEI sought progress and success for children across the curriculum and did not want achievement challenges restricted to narrow quantitative measures of literacy and numeracy.
NZPF fully supports collaboration models where all members of a group make equally valued contributions and equally own challenges that are relevant and real to their context and curricula. NZPF continues to be concerned that the richness of the curriculum within CoLs is not being adequately supported by the Ministry of Education. 
So the executive advises principals to act in the best interests of students and if the CoL model as required by the Ministry does not meet local needs then inform your action with a plan that does.
NZPF respects that every principal is self-managing and thus together with their Board of Trustees will make autonomous decisions that are in the best interests of their schools. We encourage principals not to rush. Continue to reflect carefully before committing to this initiative.
This is to give early notice to all regional and large cluster presidents that the NZPF Moot will be held Friday 17 March 2017, so that you can diary the date now and secure cheaper travel.  The Moot will be one day only and the focus will be on feedback from regional membership. We will not be inviting guest speakers next year.  What we look forward to is a robust debate on prominent issues that you raise.
NZPF annually awards rural grants of $1000 to rural principals’ groups, to assist them to hold their own conference or seminars. Applications close on November 1.  For further information and an application form click here. Applications need to be made now to fund your conference in 2016.
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 Education Council is seeking an experienced leader on secondment from the early childhood or schooling sector in New Zealand to be our founding Convenor of the Centre of Leadership Excellence. The role will be for a fixed term to December 2017. For more information, please click here.
Last term we asked you to share if (and how) your schools compensate staff for using their own technology for their jobs. We've compiled the responses we received into a Google Doc. Click here if you are interested in how other schools handle this issue.
Submissions on the most recent proposals in the bill can be made until Friday 11th November. This bill has elements that will impact significantly on the operation of our schools and it is important to take time within your associations to look at these, consider the implications and provide feedback. It is also well worth reading the submission made by the Education Council which recently came out in the Highlighter. Click here for the latest proposals.
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) is in the process of implementing a Water Skills for Life (WSfL) framework which represents a new national approach to aquatic education. It is designed to ensue that all children learn basic water safety skills by the time they leave primary school. It emphasizes the acquisition of water competencies and skills, and increased knowledge and awareness of water hazards, in addition to swimming skills. These skills will provide one of the foundations for life-long drowning prevention and the safe enjoyment of water. They also form a crucial part of the skills required to undertake most aquatic activities and sports. 

WSNZ aims to have as many schools and private swim providers as possible ready to receive training and support to include the competencies in their aquatic programmes by Term 4. Over the past two months Swimming NZ, on behalf of WSNZ, has provided sector education, and advice on the new WSfL initiative. In addition, an online tool kit will be available on the WSNZ website containing an array of educational material, including exemplar videos, Q & As and hot tips.

If your teachers are attending a Swimming NZ professional development (PD) course, they will be supported with free PD to understand and implement the new competencies. Swimming NZ will provide free training for Quality Swim Schools wanting to upskill their staff to include the WSfL in their schools programmes. All new swim teachers attending Swimming NZ courses will receive training and support.

For more information, please contact Chris Morgan from Swimming New Zealand.
Check out what other schools have done to prevent injuries in the classroom and in the playground on ACC's case studies webpage. In most cases, students and teachers worked together to investigate hazards and come up with a solution to minimise them. Download a case study to give you ideas about what you can do at your school.

  • • Winter is a great time to check and clean heat pumps and their filters. This can lead to better energy efficiency and longer life of the units.
  • • Do your staff need support or someone to talk to confidentially? Contact your local Employee Assistance Programme provider for more information.
Coming Soon
  • • Guidance on the Code of Practice for Exempt School Laboratories
  • • Refreshed and new factsheets - keep an eye on the Ministry's website
  • • Guidance for National Sporting Associations and your physical education staff
Got a question? Email NZSTA at or the Ministry of Education at
Here's additional advice on applying for centrally-funded PLD for 2017. You will be able to apply for PLD every term starting in term 4 2016.
The terms and holidays for state and state integrated schools for 2018-2020 have now been confirmed and are available to view here.
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For all schools, safety is paramount. The education of our children and future leaders is of utmost importance and it is vital that the learning environment is safe. This means everyone on your property, including contractors engaged by you, having a consistent attitude to safety. With proprietors and contractors equally liable under the law, asking about safety should become part of the vocabulary when outsourcing work.
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