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Principal's Weekly Review 28 April 2023

Kia ora,

Welcome to our first newsletter following the holidays.  The students were treated to some good weather, so hopefully they have had a restful break, and are returning recharged and focussed on the term ahead.

On Monday 24th we held the Ministry of Education’s Staff Only Day focussed on the NCEA Change Programme.  Immediately prior to this we received the announcement that the NCEA timelines were being amended to support the effective development of knowledge and resources alongside an extended timeline.  This means the new NCEA Level 1 programme will be fully implemented in 2024 as planned, including the Literacy and Numeracy changes, but Level 2 will now be implemented in 2026 (instead of 2025) and Level 3 will be 2027 (instead of 2026).  Fortunately we had Jackie Brown from ImpactED who specializes in the NCEA Change Programme work with our staff in the morning, to support the development of our Level 1 teaching and learning programmes. 

OPEN NIGHT will be held on Wednesday 17th May from 6.30pm.  This will include preparatory visits to our major contributing schools involving some current Year 9 students (who visit the school they came from), and members of the Head Student team.  These visits begin in Week 3, with a focus on informing potential incoming students of the values and opportunities that Papanui High School can offer, and to encourage them to attend Open Night with their families/caregivers 


During the holiday period significant progress has been made in relation to the structural framework of Westhub.  Noticeably, the first floor foundation has been poured, and stairs have gone in giving access to the top floor. 


This is to advise that due to stalled negotiations between the Ministry of Education and the PPTA Union, we have been notified that PPTA members are planning to take the following industrial action in Term 2.   


 Week 2, Thursday 4 May - Year 11 

Week 3, Tuesday 9 May - STRIKE DAY (ALL SCHOOL), Thurs 11 May - Year 13 

Week 4, Tuesday 16 May - Year 9, Wednesday  17 May - Year 10 

Week 5, Thursday 25 May - Year 11 

Week 6, Tuesday  30 May - Year 13, Thursday 1 June - Year 12 

Week 7, Tuesday 6 June - Year 10, Thursday 8 June - Year 9  

We will notify you as soon as practicable if any of the above actions change, or will no longer go ahead. 

Senior Parent/Teacher Night will be held on Thursday 11th May.  Information will be emailed home to parents/caregivers shortly.            

Ngā mihi


Jeff Smith, Principal


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