PPTA's Rainbow Taskforce for Safe Schools has been operating for about 14 years. Its job is to help make secondary schools safe and welcoming places for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, family/whanau members and teachers.
23 May is Pink Shirt Day
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 03:50
The anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day is happening again, on Friday 23 May, which is the third week of term two.
Check out some good ideas about activities you could plan for that day -
Rainbow taskforce 2014
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 20:16
Contact names for the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Rainbow taskforce representatives. The Rainbow taskforce meets regularly and is happy to hear from members.
Kia ora te whānau. I am the DP at Wairoa College (top of Hawke's Bay) and consider myself a "Kwaussie" - Sydney born and bred but I have called NZ home for the past 9 years. I have been with my partner for over 10 years and am passionate about supporting our queer youth and staff to achieve their best in safe and supportive environments.
- Melville High School
Kia ora te whānau. I am head of special needs at Melville High School, Hamilton. I have almost always taught learning challenged or dis-engaged students, and I always seem to bat for the underdog! I am married to my partner Anna, and between us we have 11 grandchildren, all of whom keep us very busy. I have always wanted to help our students, and keep them free from prejudice and bullying.
Angela King - Central Regional Health School - City
I am currently one of two teachers at Central Regional Health School - City in Wellington. Our school supports secondary students, whose mental health has meant mainstream education has not been a successful experience for them, to transition back to their regular school, further training or employment. As the Youth 2000 reports tell us, this difficulty with mental health and education is common in our LGBTI young people.
I teach History at Ormiston Senior College, a new school in Flat Bush, Auckland. I am passionate about social justice and work to share best practice to make schools a better place for our queer whānau.
Vinnie Monga - Fairfield College
Kia ora koutou. I am a school guidance counsellor at Fairfield College and the PPTA Executive member for Waikato. I have been on the Taskforce since 2010 and have been privileged in working with committed colleagues. My passion is social justice for all. " Be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated". He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata". No reira tena koutou katoa.
- Tararua College
Kia ora te whānau. I have worked in secondary for three years and am keen to help rangatahi realise their potential in all areas of achievement. Driving Maori Performing Arts has its many challenges and rewards. Cultural identity, sexual identity and developing a sense of community in both, are necessary and equal parts when building strong foundations for our students' future.
Judie Alison - PPTA National Office
Rainbow taskforce appointments
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 03:51
As a result of a call last year for nominations to fill three positions on the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Rainbow Taskforce, the president and general secretary appointed the following members:
• Lex Davis of Ormiston Senior Secondary College, current convenor of the taskforce, was appointed for a further term of two years.
• Zac Anderson of Wairoa College was appointed for a further term.
• Rosie Jones of Melville High was appointed as a new member of the taskforce.
• Shawn Cooper of Avondale College is continuing his first term as a member of the taskforce.
The Rainbow Taskforce works towards the goal of making all schools safe and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, staff and family/whānau members.
Notes from the Rainbow Taskforce meeting of 4 October 2013
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 22:59
Notes from the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) Rainbow Taskforce meeting 4 October 2013.
Pink Shirt Day
We talked about our experience of working with the Mental Health Foundation who now organise Pink Shirt Day. Shawn Cooper, who is based in Auckland, will join the Pink Shirt Day committee along with Judie Alison, and he may be able to get to some of the meetings in person. His school, Avondale College, had a lot of activity on Pink Shirt Day 2013.
Pink Shirt Day in 2014 is Friday May 23 – put it in your calendars.
Notes from the Rainbow Taskforce meeting 1 Mar 2013
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 22:52
Notes from the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) Rainbow Taskforce meeting 1 March 2013.
Next meeting is Friday 4 October 2013
We discussed what advice we should be giving to schools about processes when they enrol a student who is transgender. The Massachusetts material recently received is very helpful, but the legal framework here may be a little different. There appears to be no best practice across government, and being transgender tends to be problematised instead of normalised. We agreed to seek advice on this from the Human Rights Commission and to work towards producing some material for schools ourselves.
Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity
Out @ Work Kamp
This is in the holidays this time, and we decided to send four members of the Taskforce to the Kamp to represent PPTA.
More information about the CTU Out@Work Network
The Taskforce was worried that nowhere near all our GLBTI members knew about this email network, even though an invitation to join the list the Network is on our website. We agreed to try to find more ways to get members to sign up to it. We also decided to email a summary of each Taskforce meeting to the network so they would be more aware of our work, and put this on the PPTA website.
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Pink Shirt Day
This is on May 17th this year and is being coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation. PPTA has not been contacted by them, and we decided to make contact and remind them of our importance to getting things happening in secondary schools on Pink Shirt Day.
Pink Shirt Day - Where's the power?
Report Back on LGBTTI Symposium
Lex Davis had attended on PPTA's behalf a symposium in Auckland titled "˜LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change?' organised by a range of organisations. It was a really good day. The key presentations to the symposium can be seen on video.
Safe classrooms for all. Anti-homophobia workshops in schools
- Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 04:54
The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) Rainbow Taskforce report on their "Safe classrooms for all" anti-homophobia workshops in schools.
A trial of anti-homophobia workshops in schools this year has been a huge success with demand well exceeding expectations.
Offered through PPTA's rainbow taskforce, the "Safe Classrooms for All" workshops were designed to help staff deal with issues around homophobia and transphobia and the impact this has on gay and transgender students.
PPTA advisory officer Judie Alison, who presented the workshops along with rainbow taskforce members Lex Davis and Jo Belgrave, said extra sessions had to be arranged to meet demand from schools.
"The invitation sent out to schools said that because 2012 was a trial year we would be able to offer only 10 workshops "” but the demand was far in excess of what we had expected. In total there were inquiries from 21 different schools," she said.
At the time of writing 15 workshops had been held in a wide range of schools "” area schools, co-ed and single-sex, urban and provincial and high and low decile.
Judie said many teachers were surprised by figures presented that showed LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) students were over-represented in alcohol, drug and self-harm statistics.
Results from the Youth '07 report "” a health and wellbeing study of 8000 secondary students from years 9 to 13 "” showed that suicide attempt figures over a 12-month period were five times higher for same/both-sex attracted students than their opposite-sex attracted peers and that three times as many were bullied at school on a weekly basis.
Judie said the study, conducted by the University of Auckland's faculty of medical and health sciences, gave workshop attendees a stark example of the issues LGBTI students face.
Human rights conference at the Asia-Pacific Outgames 2011
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:17
At least seven New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) members attended the human rights conference held in Wellington in March 2011 as part of the Asia-Pacific Outgames.
The conference was a sell-out, with over 300 people attending. It was an inspiring event, with a wide range of fascinating keynote presentations and great workshops.
PPTA presentation to the conference: 'Queering the closeted curriculum in the cardboard classroom'
At the human rights conference at the Asia-Pacific Outgames, PPTA President Robin Duff presented a workshop titled "˜Queering the closeted curriculum in the cardboard classroom.