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Letter regarding Teacher/Principal strike action

A letter from the Teaching Staff and Principal of St Martins School Dear Parents and Caregivers, We greatly appreciate the community support that we have already received following the decision by teachers and principals to strike on Wednesday 29 May. The decision to take further strike action was not taken lightly by any of us. For the first time, both primary and secondary teachers are striking together because the crisis in education hits us all very hard and we need the Government to understand how serious it is. Schools are grappling with the fallout of a 40% nosedive in the number of people training to be teachers between 2010 and 2016, even while the population grew by 400,000.  While the situation improved a little last year and the Government has announced an urgent $95m package to recruit teachers, this is not sufficient to address the crisis.  Schools struggle daily to find enough teachers to meet their relief teacher needs and this will worsen as winter approaches. There is also a desperate need for more support for children with additional learning needs. The fact is that teaching is no longer considered an attractive profession due to long-term under-funding of the education sector. A significant pay jolt is part of the solution, alongside significant improvements to our heavy workloads. Otherwise our schools will end up with larger class sizes and more teachers leaving. On Wednesday 29 May we hope you will join us at our local public event, likely to be from midday. We would love to see you and your children standing with us – together we are a community and we can make a difference.   Yours sincerely,   Teaching Staff of St Martins School                                                                                                     Principal of St Martins School

DISCO 2019

The Countdown’s On! With only a couple of weeks to go until Disco night, it’s coming round quickly. The St Martin’s School Student Council, with support from S’Mart Community…presents DISCO 2019    THEME: “SUPERHEROES” Get ready to dance the ‘night’ away….. On Friday June 7th, in the School Hall. Dress up if it’s your thing. For St Martin’s School Students only, pay $5 Entry Fee at the door. (Please bring correct money, helps reduce queuing time). If you have 3 or more children at St Martins, from May 27th, see Diane in the office to buy ‘3 or more for $10′ tickets. For everyone’s safety, each child needs to be signed into and out of the Disco by his/her parent/caregiver. There will be sign-up sheets at the doors for this. If you’re sharing rides please bring and show the door people a parent-signed note endorsing that. This process does mean queues, so come prepared. If wet, bring an umbrella! Doors open at 5.30pm (no earlier). Hot Dogs (on a stick), Cookies, Chips/Crisps, drinks and ice blocks, Tattoos and Face painting will be for sale, Polaroid photos too! Water is free! Bring coins. Prices 50c – $3. Junior Disco for Years 0-4, 5.30-7pm. There’s a quick clean up and re-set then the doors open for Senior Disco for Years 5-8, 7.30-9pm. At 9pm is final clean up, where all hands on deck are needed so it’s left clean as a whistle. Just get stuck in and do a little part and we’ll all get to go home earlier! NB: Especially for the Junior Disco, Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay, get into it and have fun! No charge for parents. Prize for Best Dressed Parent! And of course, the Disco won’t happen without parent/caregiver help! Keep an eye out next week for the sign-up link. Cheers The Disco Team (community@smartcommunity.org.nz)