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A Message from the Board of Trustees

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July 5 2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Primary principals across the country have voted to reject the government’s offer for settlement of their negotiations. The government failed to make an offer that addresses their key issues. As a Board we support concerns that little is being done to ensure that being a primary principal is seen as an attractive career option.
While we’re really happy that our teachers won back parity with their secondary colleagues, the same wasn’t offered to primary principals. We think that if parity with secondary is fair for teachers, then surely it’s fair for principals.
The offer also would have seen some principals in smaller schools paid less than some teachers in larger schools. It’s important that all communities are able to attract teachers into becoming principals, and that won’t happen if they can earn more as a teacher.
As a sign of their concern, primary principals have voted to withdraw the goodwill they extend to the Ministry of Education work that is additional to their day to day role running schools. As a result, The Tawhai School Board of Trustees supports our Principal Karen Poole in the collective principals decision to not participate in any form of work programme, taskforce, meeting with or reporting to the Ministry between July 8 and August 16. Karen will continue her professional leadership of the school during this time.
Principals continue to hope that the government will hear them and address their issues and are committed to continuing their campaign until they do. The Board is grateful for the support that our parent community has shown throughout the campaign. We hope you will continue to show your support next term if it is necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Angela Whitmarsh
Board Chair

On behalf of The Tawhai School Board of Trustees.