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Issue 12
 4th August 2016
President's Message:
Tēnā koe <<First Name>>

Welcome to the third and shortest term of the year! I hope you followed my suggestion at the end of last term and made sure you had a good rest to recharge for the second half of the year. 

In the last issue of Principal Matters we included the NZPF statement on CoLs. In case you were distracted by other matters at the time take another look at the statement. It is based on two elements. First, executive discussion and secondly the findings from the survey we conducted in June. Overall you report that you still have significant concerns about the inflexibility of the CoL as a model for collaboration, you have high levels of uncertainty about what the CoLs will deliver in terms of PLD and many of you reported feeling pressured to join, rather than choosing to join.  Our advice is to sit tight and wait.  There is no rush to join a CoL and although we know that future PLD will be delivered by EDUCANZ it is still under review and no firm decisions have been made yet.

There are big issues underway at present as you know.  The funding review is in train but no decisions yet.  I am representing you on the reference group and you will be the first to hear any outcome that emerges. 

An IES reference group continues along with the Ministerial Forums including on PLD.  We presented our CoL research summary to the most recent IES meeting so that the members of the group have a clear idea of what you are thinking about CoLs out there, both positive and negative.

Next week is our August executive meeting and as we did last time, we will include a summary of the discussions and decisions in the next Principal Matters. 

Finally, you will have noticed the new Principal Matters design that we have been working on. If you have any feedback about the new look, please email patrick.purcell@nzpf.ac.nz.

Stay positive and focused on your learners.  In the end they are what we are all here for!
 
 
Noho ora mai ra

Iain Taylor
iaint@nzpf.ac.nz
UPCOMING DATES
August 5: Nominations for NZPF President and Vice President close
August 14-15: NZPF National executive meeting, Wellington
PASSING OF TAURI MORGAN
It is with great sadness that NZPF acknowledges the passing of our former kaumatua, Tauri Morgan, on July 15. Tauri fulfilled the kaumatua position for 15 years before retiring in 2015. A former principal of Waiouru School, Tauri dedicated his life to enhancing the educational prospects for tamariki, and he will forever be remembered by NZPF for the immense commitment and support he provided our Presidents and members. Tauri was a member of the NZPF executive from 1993-1997 and was awarded life membership in 2004.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR NZPF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT - CLOSES TOMORROW
If you wish to nominate an NZPF financial member for the executive positions of either President or Vice President for the period of 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, please download a nomination form here. Completed nominations need to reach NZPF National Office no later than 5 August 2016.
You can email patrick.purcell@nzpf.ac.nz with the completed form attached OR post your nomination to:
The Returning Officer
NZPF National Office
PO Box 25380
WELLINGTON 6146

Reminder: The term for executive members changed from a one year term to a two year term, meaning the election for executive members is not until 2017 for the 2018-2019 period.
RURAL MATTERS
The second issue of Rural Matters for 2016 is now available on the NZPF website. Click here to access it. There are some useful tips on how to get critical information more efficiently and also some very helpful property information. As the term comes to an end, take the couple of minutes to watch the video clip which you will find not only inspiring but uplifting!
NZPF SERVICE AWARDS - RETIRING PRINCIPALS
To mark the retirement of school principals, NZPF has developed a Service Award. If your local principals' association is aware of any retiring principals in your region then have your president email patrick.purcell@nzpf.ac.nz with the principal's name. We will prepare a Service Award which will be emailed to your president for framing and presenting at your local principals' association function.
NZ PRINCIPAL MAGAZINE NOW ALSO ONLINE
You and/or your team members can now 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.
ERO SCHOOL EVALUATION INDICATORS
This week Principals and Board Chairs will receive copies of ERO's finalised School Evaluation Indicators, which replace the trial version released in May 2015. If a school has a review coming up in the next term and prepared for it using the trial indicators, they are still valid. However, by Term 4 it is expected that all schools will be using the finalised indicators. The core of the indicators remains the same and in response to feedback, they have been reshaped to be more readable. 
More information and a copy of the final indicators can be found here.
INAUGURAL COMBINED PRINCIPAL'S CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION
Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals are excited to invite all educational leaders to the Inaugural Combined Principal's Conference on Indigenous Education "From the Ground Up" alongside our counterparts in Australia, NATSIPA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association). The conference is being held in Brisbane from the 10th - 12th of October (Week 1, Term 4). Click here for further information and to register.
VULNERABLE CHILDREN ACT
The Ministry have published a practical guide to help you navigate the Vulnerable Children Act (VCA).
STATE CARE REFORMS AND OVERHAUL OF CHILD, YOUTH AND FAMILY
In response to the recommendations of the Expert Panel's Final Report, the Government has endorsed key elements of a reform programme. These elements include creating a child-centered system with stronger system and organisational leadership, and culture change. The Government also agreed to a new operating model with a single point of accountability for the long-term wellbeing of vulnerable children, with the voice of the child represented in planning and strategy. This is a long-term transformation programme over the net five years so it's early days yet. The Ministry will keep you informed through their bulletin as work progresses. Below are a couple of useful links related to this work.
The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce and Age Setting) Amendment Bill
Expert Advisory Panel's report and Government response
INFORMATION AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT STANDARD
On 22 July, Archives New Zealand released the Information and records management standard. This standard is mandatory for all public offices, including state and state-integrated schools and local authorities. State and state-integrated schools have always been subject to the Public Records Act 2005 but standards issued under the Act have not previously been extended to include schools.
School boards do not need to make any changes to practice yet. In the meantime, school boards should use, or continue to use, guidance in the School Records Retention/Disposal Information Pack.
EDUCATION FUNDING SYSTEMS REVIEW
Click here for ongoing updates regarding the Ministry's review of education funding for early childhood services and schooling.
AQUATIC EDUCATION IN NZ SCHOOLS - NZCER SURVEY
Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) have commissioned NZCER to conduct a survey into the state of aquatic education in New Zealand schools. It is critically important to develop and maintain an up-to-date national overview of aquatic education so that WSNZ can ensure that all 5 to 13 year olds are gaining the essential drowning prevention competencies.

NZCER aims to email the survey to all NZ schools on Friday 12 August 2016. We urge you to please complete this survey to help establish this important drowning prevention information.

WSNZ is also in the process of implementing a Water Skills for life framework which represents a new approach to aquatic education nationally. This is based around the core competencies that children will need to have achieved by Year 8. It emphasizes the acquisition of water competencies and skills, and increased knowledge and awareness of water hazards, in addition to swimming skills.

To maximise the benefit of the new framework - that is, to reduce overall drowning figures - we must ensure that Water Skills for Life are taught to as many children as possible through our schools and other providers of aquatic education. In partnership with Swimming New Zealand we will be presenting the framework to the Ministry of Education, NZPF, Boards of Trustees and other educational organisations in the second half of 2016. 
KIDSCAN NATIONAL MUFTI DAY - FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
Dress in mufti or choose your own fancy dress theme this National Mufti Day, help Kiwi kids living in hardship and have fun at the same time. There's fewer than six weeks to go until National Mufti Day and schools up and down the country are registering with some creative ideas! Every dollar goes towards helping KidsCan support disadvantaged Kiwi kids. Register now at www.kidscan.org.nz/MuftiDay
For more information, contact Sebastian Mackay at sebastian@KidsCan.org.nz or call +64 09 222 3465.
$75,000 READY AND WAITING FOR WRITERS AND PUBLISHERS
Copyright Licensing New Zealand has announced that $75,000 is available to writers and publishers from a dedicated Contestable Fund. The number of successful applications varies from year-to-year depending on the individual merits of the applications received. Applications close at 5:00pm on 16 September. If you are interested, visit www.copyright.co.nz/Awards/ for an application form and guidelines.
TERMS AND HOLIDAYS FOR 2018-2020 (STATE & STATE INTEGRATED SCHOOLS)
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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