Act Now

the truth will outThe goal of Save Our Schools NZ is to protect and promote quality public education by discussing what changes would benefit the system and challenging ill-judged education policies that hinder good teaching and effective learning.

We aim to share information about education policy, changes, and resources for parents and teachers in New Zealand, so that we can stay informed and, where necessary, take action to effect change.



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“When you wage war on the public schools, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative, you’re a vandal.”  

~Garrison Keillor~


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3 thoughts on “Act Now

  1. Hi Dianne,
    For many years now a group of fellow principals and I have met for professional collaboration and general sharing of ideas. We are now a well flung group from Little River near Chch to Nelson and beyond but we continue to get together 3-4 times per year.
    For the first time ever we felt we should speak out and so put together this statement about the $359 000 000. We don’t believe that an extra layer of bureaucracy is the best use of such a large sum.

    Press Release 3 April 2014 – for immediate release Attention: Education and Political Reporters

    We wish to add our voices to the growing number of New Zealand’s principals expressing concern over the government’s direction, implementation and timeframe of its Investing in Education Success initiative. While acknowledging the commitment in making New Zealand’s education system second to none, pumping $359 million into schools without transparency and meaningful engagement with the sector is throwing the money away. We urgently ask that the government first lift its constraints already placed around the funding and secondly, consider without prejudice, the overwhelming evidence around what can best be done to support our children and ultimately our society as a whole.
    New Zealand evidence based research1 provides a clear pathway for governments to follow if they are to effect real change for our children particularly the ones who comprise the tail. The first three years of a child’s life clearly determines future outcomes for that child and ultimately our nation. Research shows clearly that poor patterns of behaviour, disconnectedness, failure to provide for adequate bonding, limited economic involvement etc., all have an effect on a child’s potential and achievement at school. Targeting resources to developing consistent, sustainable support for our children from birth to three years old will be a better spend than on the leadership proposals of the government. If positive patterns are not supported in these early years then the negative patterns are set for the future.
    While the support for schools and the education sector is welcomed, we urge the government to meaningfully and collaboratively engage with the education sector without the straightjacket, in order to determine where best that resource can be applied, to effect real change.
    Democracy should not exclude or restrict those who are directly engaged in the delivery of service from informing decisions – decision-making needs to be inclusive and transparent. The government’s willingness to provide significant financial resources to lift achievement around supporting change should be the catalyst to engage with the profession to effect the best possible outcomes. Unfortunately the format for this expenditure has been set with deliberately minimal opportunity for input from the sector – consultation being an ‘added extra after the fact.’
    Rather than inject a large single resource at the top via salaries, we say give the money to the kids as early as possible in a real effort to effect long term change that will benefit children, families, and society as a whole.

    Kelvin Woodley – Principal Tapawera Area School Bruce Pagan – Principal Kaikoura Primary School Ernie Buutveld – Principal Havelock School Christian Couper – Principal Little River School Peter King – Principal Maruia School

    For more information contact:
    Kelvin Woodley – Principal Tapawera Area School 021 024 75147 or 03 522 4337


    Posted by Kelvin Woodley | April 10, 2014, 8:41 am
  2. How do I contact someone at SOS Thanks David


    Posted by wertei | March 16, 2015, 2:15 pm

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