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Kaupapa a ngā Tumuaki
Issue 1
2 February 2017
President's Message:
Tēnā koe Liz

Ko Tainui te waka 
Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki Wharepuhunga te iwi
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
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.  

Ngā manaakitanga 


Whetu Cormick
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
This is to give notice to all regional and large cluster presidents that the NZPF Moot will be held Friday 17 March 2017. Diary the date now so you can secure cheaper travel. The theme will be "Navigating Change" as education has the power to change the world. The Moot will be one day only and because this is an election year we have an opportunity to ask politicians what to expect from them in their education policies and to advise them on what we would like to see promoted and why. We will send you a draft copy of the NZPF manifesto before the Moot and we hope that you will also bring your views on how we can improve that too.  What we most look forward to is a robust debate on prominent issues that you raise. If you are your association's President and have not yet responded to your invite, please email us as soon as possible to confirm your attendance.
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.
Water Safety New Zealand has begun the roll out of its new standard for early aquatic education Water Skills for Life (WSFL) and hopes for full adoption across the country by 2018.
According to WSFL CEO, Jonty Mills, international research shows that one of the most effective ways to reduce our high drowning rate and keep children safe in and around the water is to teach core water safety skills before focusing on stroke and distance. 

WSFL is all about teaching broader fundamental aquatic skills to 5 - 13 year-olds so they are equipped for life-long water safety. Feedback from those already engaged in the programme tells us that WSFL is easy to teach, fun for children and inclusive.

We want more New Zealanders to enjoy our pools, beaches, lakes and rivers with confidence and we want to see the drowning rate diminish.  Learning water safety skills is therefore essential for ALL Kiwi kids. 

 Learn more about Water Skills For Life by clicking on this link
With the pressures of running a school, looking after enrolments and being certain your curriculum delivers excellence, it’s often difficult to ensure every aspect of repair and maintenance is covered. Yet, it’s the peeling paint, uneven turf patches and broken windows or doors that people notice first. Programmed Property Services have developed a free checklist for property maintenance budgeting which has been a useful resource for many schools. The easy to use and comprehensive checklist covers both common areas for maintenance as well as those that are sometimes missed, helping to eliminate unplanned repair costs and stave off expensive hidden costs. Click here to download our free property maintenance checklist.

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