The end of Term Two seemed to come quickly…

Last week we saw two teams compete in the Nelson Mathix competition at Nayland College. Our Year 8 team came 6th in this, competing against over 20 other Year 8 teams across the Nelson region. For some time they were in the top three and even leading for a time too.

The Nelson Region Cross Country was held last Friday and Hannah Urquhart and Camden Singer qualified for an inter-regional event in Hanmer. Congratulations.

Congratulations too, to two of our Miniball teams who made the finals in their respective competitions on Monday afternoon. They were able to wear our new miniball singlets and do our school proud.

With the resignation of Kirsty from her teaching position I am delighted to announce that Lauren Scott has been successful in being appointed to this position and will now join our team permanently. Lauren Scott is / was our Lauren Elsom who has been with us for three and half years in fixed term roles. Congratulations Lauren we are excited to know you are now secure in your role with us.

You will be aware that recently teachers settled their collective agreement after a long negotiation with the Ministry. Teachers would like to thank you for the support you showed during that time.

Primary principals across the country, however, have voted to reject the government’s offer.

Our primary teachers won back parity with their secondary colleagues, but primary principals were not offered parity with their secondary colleagues.

The offer would have also seen some principals in smaller schools paid less than some teachers. It is important that all communities are able to attract teachers to become principals, and that won’t happen if they can earn more as a teacher.

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.

Therefore, I will not be participating in any form of work programme, taskforce, meeting with or reporting to the Ministry between July 8 and August 16.

Be assured, I will continue my professional leadership of Upper Moutere School during this time.

Last night saw all our Board attend a School Trustees Association workshop on Governance and Management in Motueka. This was a great opportunity to clarify our role together and interact with other Boards from our region.

Well it is the holidays…have a great two weeks with your family. Is it too much to hope we have seen the last of the winter illnesses?


Noho ora mai

Grant & the team at Upper Moutere School