Let's bring out the best this year
E nga kaiako o Aotearoa.
Teachers are one of our nation’s greatest resources. We make the difference every day in what is one of the most complex, challenging and rewarding jobs that there are.
With the school year underway I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of your efforts, professionalism and commitment. For those of you who are teaching outside your subject specialty, running multi-level classes, coming back from being in the relief pool or retirement, or just picking up additional loads to ensure your schools are staffed and your students catered for – thank you for continuing to go above and beyond to plug the growing gaps due to the well-publicised shortages we are experiencing. You shouldn’t have to; but your efforts don’t go unnoticed.
At the same time I need to echo the widespread acknowledgement that despite the incredible work that you do in classrooms every day, what we are expected to do and the supports we are given to bring out the best in our students needs to change.
That’s a key function of belonging to your union, PPTA Te Wehengarua. As individual teachers or even groups of teachers in staffrooms from Kaitaia to Bluff we can’t expect things to change at the big picture level with a ‘hands off’ approach.
Our successes, from salary settlements to guaranteed non-contact time to new career pathways have always been achieved by working together.
It’s for this reason that one of our most critical functions in the early part of this year will be to provide you opportunities to contribute your views through our Branch and Regional structures, conferences and reference groups and to keep you informed of what’s happening through our communications.
From the NCEA Review to bargaining our Collective Agreement, together we’ve got a real opportunity to make 2018 a great year for education in Aotearoa.
For those of you who want to know how you can be part of the process of PPTA policy development and advocacy please get in touch so we can advocate for what matters to teachers.
If you just want to know a bit more, our communications include our magazine, the PPTA News, email newsletters to our networks, our social media including Facebook and Twitter, and of course the PPTA website.
If you aren’t sure if you are on a mailing list or want some help with accessing information or contributing to any of the work we are doing this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to email me directly on email@example.com.
You can also follow me on @JackJBoyle22 on twitter.
All the very best for the rest of term one.