The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) / Primary Teachers, and Support Staff Union, is part of a joint whole-of-sector paid union meeting, joining with the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) to inform members about changes occurring in the funding and education area following recent Government announcements and the pending results of the Education Act Review. This Meeting will be taking place on the morning of Monday 12th September.
Alert - Please read the below letter and be aware the implications:
We have been advised that on Monday, 12 September, Tamahere Model Country School teachers and support staff will be required to attend a paid union meeting, starting at 9am. As a result of this meeting we will not have staff available for teaching classes but our school will remain open to care for a few students who are unable to be accommodated by families. We will have a few teacher aides and student teachers on site to help with this if needed. Please contact the school by Thursday 8th September if you require this cover.
Classes will start at 11.45am and we will finish at the normal time of 2:30pm.
On 12 September we ask, that if possible, all children be kept home until 11.45 am - an extra addition to the weekend. While we appreciate that for many parents/caregivers the timing of this meeting will cause some inconvenience we want to stress that the timing of these type of meetings is out of our control. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your support.
The Government has announced a proposal to dramatically change the way schools are funded. Principals and Boards of Trustees would have to make trade-offs between teaching staff and other costs schools face.
Teachers are very worried that the global budget would lead to:
· fewer teachers and larger class sizes
· lower quality teaching
· fewer hours for teacher aides and support staff
· more complex financial work for Boards of Trustees
The Government's current funding review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better fund education. NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA are the unions that represent more than 60,000 teachers and support staff from birth to year 13. All members are expected to attend meetings in September to hear more about the proposal and help determine the education sector’s response.
The meetings are paid union meetings and it is important for union members in our school to attend these meetings to have a say about how we get better funding, not bulk funding.
While this is an inconvenience at this point in time, we are hoping for a positive outcome which will enhance the learning opportunities for your children, and the future of our New Zealand education system.
We were so lucky to miss the rain yesterday and achieve all our cross country races. Thanks for the great turn out of parents for this event. The development work on the neighbouring Tamahere Reserve meant changes to all running courses this year. Thanks to Dane Higgison and Ann Marie Copponi for organising the new course and arrangements. It was wonderful to see our children striving to achieve their best and showing their kia maia -‘can do’ attitude. We have lots of great photos to share with you but unfortunately the facility on our web site is no longer supported by Google. The photos will be screening in our foyer if you want to pop in for a look. The results are below for the top 20 placings in Years 3-6. The top 10 students in each Year 4-6 race will go on to represent the school at the country cluster event next Friday at Newstead School.
Please follow this link to see our full Cross Country Results. The top 5 for Year 3 - 6 are listed below:
As we are unable to hold an assembly tomorrow we held a special assembly today to celebrate our ICAS students achievements in Writing and Spelling and to enjoy the Mahoe 17 item, and see the Year 3 & 4 Jump Jam team presentation.
We apologise to those who missed hearing about this change. Thanks to all who attended, it was a very special assembly.
We will celebrate our ICAS exam results further in future newsletters.
Thanks for your support!We are pleased to announce that our interim total for Daffodil Day fundraising is $578.50!Thank you to all of our Daffodil Day supporters - it was wonderful to see so many colourfully clothed children and staff supporting this event.
Posted Aug 25, 2016, 7:11 PM by Reception @TMCS
Tamahere Playcentre AGMThursday 15 September 2016 from 7.30pmTwo Birds Eatery, 44 Clyde Street Hamilton
Posted Aug 24, 2016, 1:51 PM by Reception @TMCS
RUGBY - Waikato v North Harbour this Saturday 2:35 GIVEAWAYGIVEAWAY - We have been gifted some tickets for this week’s game, Waikato’s first home game. If you would like a ticket or tickets please see Dane Higgison in Karaka 15. There are 26 children’s tickets and four adults tickets. First in - first served.
Posted Aug 24, 2016, 1:47 PM by Reception @TMCS
Cambridge Vets Lamb VaccinationsCambridge Vets has kindly donated their time a resources to offer a FREE 5 and 1 lamb injection to those lambs participating in Ag Day.The vet – Kelvin – will be at school, outside the TCC, on Saturday the 3rd Sept between 11 and 12. And available again on the 17th Sept if required.If those attending can text this number to confirm - Tracy on 021 535522.
Posted Aug 23, 2016, 6:50 PM by Reception @TMCS
To the Parents of Mr Higgison’s and Mr Littlejohns’ Construction GroupWe are two teachers, seeking skilled parents in construction, building, helping children to piece together their fantastic creations for our Arts Extravaganza week later this term. If you are free on a Monday or Wednesday afternoon we’d love some more pairs of hands to help out the 70 children build their bench seats, signs and bird houses. Even if you can only spare an hour or two, please let Dane Higgison in Karaka 15 know or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Aug 23, 2016, 4:01 PM by Reception @TMCS
Rugby - season finishing…The rugby season has been a fantastic one. Five teams from Tamahere have represented us proudly and many children new to the sport have given it a go. The last game is on this Saturday and it is a chance to thank all of the parents who have helped in a range of capacities. A special thanks to our coaches and managers who give their time up each week to ensure that the children have a positive experience in sport. The official prizegiving will take place together with netball, hockey, miniball and football on Thursday September 8th from 3pm. Jerseys need to be held by players for next week’s sports photos but can be returned the following week (from ...
Posted Aug 23, 2016, 3:56 PM by Reception @TMCS
Friday and Saturday Senior Hockey Players!Calling all Year 4, 5 and 6 hockey players keen to play in a hockey tournament! Dates to be confirmed when I register the teams but games will be played during the week of September 12th. Please pick up a form from the office and return it by the 25th of August.
Posted Aug 23, 2016, 3:49 PM by Reception @TMCS
Berkley Normal Middle School - Enrolments for 2017Enrolments for places at Berkley Normal Middle School are due by this Friday 26 August - 4.00pm.Out-of-zone enrolments must be received by this date to be able to go in the ballot. All in-zone enrolments must also be received by Friday at Berkley so they can determine how many out-of-zone enrolments they can accept.
Posted Aug 23, 2016, 1:43 PM by Reception @TMCS
Ag Day Options - What is Involved?If you are having trouble getting hold of a calf for Ag Day or EVEN interested in finding out what is involved, Roger Duncan has kindly offered families to call and arrange a visit to his farm. He will talk you through the ins and outs of what’s involved and how best to care and train your calf.This is a convenient and amazing opportunity as the calf stays at his farm and you are able to come and go to look after it. He will make sure they are well feed, vaccinated and he will even transport them to Ag Day for you!Please call Roger on 021 929 163 to arrange a visit if this sounds like ...
Posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:08 PM by Reception @TMCS