A day on Auckland’s North Shore saw us in schools shopping centres and Early Childhood Centres.
First up was Glenfield Primary School where NZEI stalwart Cherie Gurney, field officer Kerry Ross and driver Chris Stuart collected over eighty parent signatures on the Support Staff petition. At Browns Bay Primary staff turned out during morning tea for a photo-op in front of the #Betterfunding van. Here they recognise the critical part support staff play in teaching and learning and are determined that the freeze on the operations grant should cease.
Then it was on to the first of our community ECE’s. Highbury House, lead by the brilliant Adele Hall, has significant engagement with their community around the importance of quality programmes, resourcing and staff and the team and children enjoyed demonstrating their commitment to #Betterfunding for our camera.
At our second ECE the staff and children had been preparing for our visit. Lead by effervescent Head teacher Penny Harding children and teachers had worked very hard to make a mosaic poster proclaiming ‘every child is worth it’ which provoked plenty of conversation around the values of the crèche. Eat Coast Bays Community Creche is committed to the restoration of per child funding and commit to 100% qualified staff in every ECE service!
The lunchtime park-up in Browns Bay shopping centre brought plenty of community support. Like most of the shore this area is conservative politically but people value an education that is fair, equitable and well-funded.
We parked up at Birkenhead Primary and Principal Nigel Bioletti suggested we stick around for the special assembly when parents would arrive. It was certainly worth the wait. There were conversations aplenty about funding of our tamariki’s education and signatures of support flowed.
A varied and productive day!