A new NZPTA Constitution is being written with a number of changes. Click on the following links to view both the current one and the one that is in draft form.
Current Constitution 2016 Constitution-2016-DRAFT.pdf (795 downloads)
NZPTA Magazine February 2016 Issue Highlights
Welcome, welcome, welcome – to another exciting PTA/Parent Group year.
We have changed our structure a little this year but basically you won’t know the difference as all members are affiliated to the New Zealand Parent Teacher Association and all the resources you have received have come from us and will continue to do so.
During the year we sadly lost our Margaret Mooney as she passed away after a short illness. She will be greatly missed for her knowledge, calmness and perceptiveness. We send our condolences to Margaret’s family and her many friends from her PTA, church and Board of Trustees connections. Margaret has been involved in the PTA movement for over 40 years and has contributed to the education and welfare of parents and children all that time.
Last year we sent out a survey to many schools about what members want from us, NZPTA. We have taken serious note of the replies and will be putting as many of the suggestions as possible into our programme this year. Please keep in contact with us and pass on any particular needs or requests that you have. Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Updating of the Education Act….
One of the most important things that is happening in education this year, is a rewrite of the Education Act. There has already been a discussion document sent out and submissions requested but unfortunately that was sent out at the beginning of November and submissions closed on December 14th – only 6 weeks and at the busiest time of the year for schools!!! Very disappointing.
We urge you to follow the progress of this rewrite as it will affect us and our children for many years to come. The things this consultation doesn’t cover are, unfortunately, some of the topics which concern a lot of New Zealanders – namely – recent government initiatives such as National Standards and Partnership Schools – why are these being excluded from the Education Act? Are they not going to be expected to conform to the Act?
Download the full discussion document – Have your say about updating the Education Act 1989 [PDF, 863 KB] even though submissions are now closed. It will give you information about what was asked.
Copyright in Schools….
Copyright in the digital age is becoming both increasingly complex and increasingly difficult to ignore. This is particularly true for Kiwi teachers, who are required to both navigate what they can and can’t do with other people’s copyright works, and to manage the copyright of the work they create.
So what actually is copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property that is granted by the law automatically upon creation of a work. It prevents people other than the creator from making copies of (including adapting, sharing or performing) that work without the creator’s express permission. It is unregistered — unlike patents or trademarks, you don’t have apply for copyright, you don’t even have to use the little © symbol. And it lasts for a really long time: the life of the creator plus fifty years; after which point the copyright expires and the work enters the public domain, becoming available for everyone — including teachers — to use, reuse or adapt.