Kia ora koutou,

There are two events which we wanted to give our whanau, care-givers and parent community, advance warning of.

Notification of Paid Union Meeting.

The NZEI Te Riu Roa (teachers and principals union) is planning to hold paid union meetings for all NZEI Te Riu Roa members in March.  This affects St Martins School on Wednesday March 20th.  As the majority of staff at our school are union members, they will be attending this meeting at 2pm.  We ask that you please collect your children at 12.30 pm on this day. 

The NZEI says “The decision to hold meetings during student contact time is not one we take lightly. However, it’s urgent that we come together to discuss ways to address the long-term, systemic issues that are threatening to blow out class sizes and make it even harder to recruit and retain teaching staff. The challenge so many schools have faced this year in recruiting sufficient suitably qualified teachers to staff every classroom in their respective schools is further evidence of the urgency of securing more resourcing for primary education.”


Teacher Only Day – March 25th
There will be a Teacher Only Day on Monday March 25th.  Our teachers are attending a day long workshop which will look at strategies for dealing with complex behaviour issues and give them good strategies to support learning and behaviours.  We are fortunate that our teachers have access to these kinds of resources and it will be very valuable to have the day focusing on this. The school will be closed for tuition and supervision.  We hope that you are able to make arrangements for the care of your children.
Noho ora mai
Jo Malcolm
Board of Trustees Chairperson