Thursday morning saw us in Tairua. It being a school holiday, and learning from the excellent response we had in Thames, we headed for the children’s playground where we did really well, gathering signatures to the support staff petition and postcards to the Minister. On holidays it’s amazing who you come across: an ex Principal who happened to be the editor of the local newspaper, a teacher on holiday from rather cooler Dunedin, and a super-annuitant doing volunteer work in a school library. The community is full of people with connections to education, who with a bit of prompting are keen to tell their own stories of under funding and join the cause.
That afternoon we moved on to beautiful Whangamata where school and town were quiet before going on to Waihi Central School where the Principal, a few teachers and the caretaker were all at work and keen to talk and voice their support. The school cat was in attendance but less forthcoming.
Friday morning and we started the day at Waihi Beach School where there was a teacher only day. Who says teachers have great holidays? All staff interrupted their learning to have their photo taken in front of the #Betterfunding van.
In Paeroa, after taking the obligatory photo beside the big bottle, we stumbled upon a meeting of Principals, Deputy Principals and RTLBs from around the region, all of them keen to support the kaupapa. Then it was on to Te Aroha Primary, Stanley Street school and a local ECE before making our way to Morrinsville Intermediate where there was another PLD day. So good to finish our tour of Coromandel-Hauraki with a photograph of staff at this school!