School Closed Tomorrow 16th March 2023

Kia ora Whānau,

A reminder that school is closed tomorrow due to strike action.

Please see panui that went out last week:

Re: Response to The NZEI Te Riu Roa union teacher strike announcement last night

Kia ora families,

The NZEI Te Riu Roa union has advised the Newton Central School Board that its member teachers and principal at our school will be taking strike action on 16 March 2023.

The upcoming strike on Thursday 16th March does mean that our school will not be adequately staffed as all our teaching staff will be on strike. Our school will be closed for instruction on Thursday 16th March.

Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Hannah Andrews and Margie Tukerangi
BOT Co-chairs

Notice from Tumuaki

Kia ora families,

Our tamariki need a quality education and we want to give that to them. Unfortunately, the funding for our schools and kindergartens is not enough for us to give us the time we would like to support all our kids to thrive. We need to attract and retain educators by ensuring that teaching is a valued and attractive profession.

Principals and teachers in primary and area schools and kindergartens have considered at length offers from the government to settle our respective collective agreements. The offers did not meet our expectations, nor make sufficient steps towards the changes we need for our children to succeed.

You may have seen that NZEI Te Riu Roa union members have voted to take industrial action on Thursday 16th March. It’s the last thing we wanted to do and the decision was not taken lightly. We felt that this was the only way the government would listen and recognise that when they support our children to learn and succeed, we are supporting whānau and communities to thrive.

We look forward to another great year in 2023 – and together with your support, building the case for better investment in our tamariki.

Mauri Ora,
Bryan Rehutai

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