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9 Poutū-te-rangi 2023

Kia Ora koutou katoa,

As you will be aware the recent Primary Teachers Collective Employment Agreement offer from the Ministry of Education has been overwhelmingly rejected by NZ teachers across the country. The offer did little to address the concerns the sector holds and does not go far enough in ensuring equitable outcomes for all stakeholders.

It has been confirmed today that both the Primary and ECE sectors will join the secondary school sector in strike action next week.

The date for the strike has been scheduled by NZEI for;

Thursday 16 March 2023.

Woodlands Park School will have reduced teaching staff (less than 50%)on this day and are unable to provide a normal school day.

The Board has carefully considered it’s duty of care as a PCUB and for health and safety reasons are requesting that you please make alternative arrangements for the
care of your child/children on the day of the strike.

If your child requires supervision please contact the office. Please note that we are limited to the number of children we can supervise and may go to a ballot if needed.

Thank you for your support as our teachers continue to negotiate for an education system that supports all stakeholders to reach their full potential.

Pete Lehmann
Presiding Member

Nardz Stephenson

Welcome to Woodlands Park School

Ngaria Stephenson - Woodlands Park School Principal

Greetings, Kia Ora, Hallo, Talofa lava, Malo e Lelei, Kia Orana, Bula, Ayubowan, Namaste, Konnichiwa, Nín hǎo, Guten Tag, Dia dhaoibh, Goeie dag, Kamusta, Salām, Bonjour, Shalom

Nau Mai Haere Mai and welcome to Woodlands Park School

Woodlands Park School is situated in a beautiful bush-clad valley adjacent to Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland. There is a strong friendly, vibrant community feeling that identifies closely with the school, which is the focal point of Woodlands Park.

Woodlands Park School nurtures the development of our 400 students through the values and Maori principles of;

  • Manaakitanga (showing care, kindness and respect)
  • Whanaungatanga (positive relationships and family connections creating sense of belonging)
  • Kaitiakitanga (connecting with our identity, culture and environment)
  • Rangatiratanga (Leadership through understanding ourselves and our impact on others)

Our staff are committed to building strong relationships with our children through valuing individuality, identity and culture; we believe this is pivotal to creating a strong sense of belonging and essential to nurturing self-esteem and overall well-being. When this is in place, it creates a natural flow of relaxed learning and happiness leading to success. Our school has an excellent reputation for ongoing academic success, supporting and caring for children with additional needs and our commitment to caring for the environment.

Dame Whina Cooper encapsulates so accurately what we aspire to throughout our children’s six year educational journey at Woodlands Park School;

“Take care of our children, take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel, for how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa..”

We look forward to welcoming you to our school and sharing with you our passion for excellence in all that we do.

Nga Mihi nui,

Ngaria Stephenson

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