Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Sun Protection


It was great to see so many school communities engaging with the Sun Protection policy as part of the term 4 2019 SchoolDocs review. Board members, staff, and parents were invited to send review feedback, and we heard from a wide range of reviewers. Most reviewers were very happy with the policy and their school’s implementation of it, but we also received lots of good ideas for improvement, and we’ve updated the topic with these suggestions in mind.

When the policy applies – The Cancer Society offers feedback on our policy, and this year they suggested making it apply not only during terms 1 and 4 but at any time the UVR levels are above 3. This means the ‘no hat no play’ policy (if a school has this) and other sunsafe practices would apply throughout the year, on days that are identified as high in UVR.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Walk and Roll: Getting Kids Active and Keeping them Safe


The New Zealand Government has proposed to have more than half of schoolkids walking, biking, scooting, or skating to school by 2030. They recognise the long-term health benefits of daily physical activity, and many studies show that regular exercise improves children’s physical, social, and emotional abilities, their resilience, and even their creativity.

Of course, all schools, in the interest of student health and wellbeing, must make sure that all walking, biking, scooting, and skating is done smartly and safely.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Performance Management Review Summary


Our Term 3 review of the Performance Management policy came at a timely moment in relation to the Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua. A serious rethink of performance appraisal is underway, with the legislation around performance appraisal likely to change in 2020.

Many schools questioned if it was worth updating our SchoolDocs Performance Management policy and sub-policies until the government considerations are complete, but in September the Teaching Council clarified its expectations around the current minimum requirements for the issue or renewal of a practicing certificate, and both the Teaching Council and the PPTA recommended reviewing performance management now to remove unnecessary compliance and work.