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Ko Tainui te waka
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Ko Takihiku te whare tupuna
Ko Rāwhitiroa te Marae
Ngā hau e wha, ngā iwi e tau nei, tēnā koutou katoa.
E mihi ana au ki a koutou o te tau hou!
There is a strong sense of optimism surrounding us this year and I welcome it! Moving from my school in South Dunedin to the NZPF national office in Wellington has been both sad and exciting. I am sad to be leaving the vibrancy of my school and staff and the energy that young people bring to life every day. At the same time it is the experience of knowing first-hand the challenges of school leadership, what teachers need to progress our young peoples’ learning and the conditions under which our children learn best, that will be the inspiration driving everything I do in Wellington.
It is an honour to be elected President of NZPF and I thank you for the confidence you have placed in me. My presidency and leadership will be motivated and driven by the established NZPF values and goals. I see my role as guardian of those values and beliefs so that all of our decision making is shaped and coloured by them. I place a high value on you, our members and welcome your feedback, ideas and challenges. Please feel free to contact me any time.
It's Election Year!
To be based in the capital city in an election year brings its own flavour of excitement and I am much looking forward to the opportunity of presenting our preferred education policies to all politicians seeking election. We are shaping them up right now and what I can tell you is that preserving our world class, quality public education system will be a theme connecting all of our policies. I am also looking forward to our regional presidents providing input at our Moot in March, after which we shall finalise our NZPF manifesto for the year. I intend to share the manifesto with you in a subsequent issue of Principal Matters and hope that you will in turn share it with your school communities. Voters create election outcomes so we all have our part to play in protecting our public education system for generations to come.
Māori education remains an important focus for NZPF and for our membership. It is also an important focus for ERO, for the government and for the Minister. In the course of my presidency I am committed to forging closer links with the Māori Principals’ Association, Te Akatea. Te Akatea principals have knowledge, cultural understanding, cultural competence and practices to share with us so that our non-Māori principals can better understand how they might create a bi-cultural environment for their school where Māori students can succeed as Māori. Personally, I will use my cultural connections with both Te Ao Pakeha and Te Ao Māori to create a bridge between the two cultural worlds and thus help to develop and enhance the cultural competencies and understandings of our Pakeha colleagues. The success of the Māori Achievement Collaboratives and our partnership with Te Akatea and the Ministry of Education give us a strong platform to work from. I acknowledge the inspiration and hard graft of my predecessors which has brought us to this point.
Connecting with Sector and Reference Groups
My commitment to all New Zealand school principals is to be the strongest advocate I can possibly be through building even stronger relationships with education heads in Wellington, with politicians and education influencers. I will attend meetings in Wellington of the major agencies including ERO, the Ministry of Education and the Education Council and will be requesting a schedule of meetings with the Minister, Hon Hekia Parata, Secretary for Education, Iona Holstead, CEO of the Education Council, Graham Stoop and acting CEO of ERO, Nick Pole. I will also be expanding and intensifying our communication channels back to you, including the use of multi-media platforms for regular sharing of information. I welcome your feedback and will act on it.
This year I will be sending you the Principal Matters publication weekly, to keep you up to date with everything we are doing here at national office.
I wish every school principal/tumuaki the very best for a successful year.