Letter from the President, June 2018
As promised, I will write to you after each Executive meeting. These occur in March, June, September and November at the conference. Our June meeting was held in the Labour caucus rooms at Parliament Buildings on June 22. As mentioned when I last wrote to you, our members had a strong desire to meet with Education Minister Chris Hipkins to represent our organisation on your behalf. On the day, we did meet with the minister in his Beehive office. He was generous with his time and the following points were discussed:
– An urgent need to address Polytech funding
– Refinements to Fees Free ahead
– Work is still only beginning on a ‘School Leaver Toolkit’
– Likely implementation of a ‘Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award’ for school students
– Revaluation of terminology around ‘Vocational’ education and pathways
– Further study to take place on whether COLs are working or required
– How Careers will be funded and delivered in schools in future is a ‘work in progress’
Our Canterbury/Westland exec member Nicole had the kind idea to leave a gift for Jacinca Adern as her daughter had been born the day before. I’m sure you will agree that families and whānau are more important than politics so we have presented the Prime Minister and her family a gift and card on behalf of CATE.
Two of our long-serving exec members have now finished their work on the history of CATE. You can read about this under the About tab on our webpage. Thank you to Pam and Lynn for seeing this through. When I did a Google search to find some accompanying images, all I could find were dozens of pictures of Cate Blanchett. If you do have any pictures of CATE in the olden days, please send them to [email protected]
Myself and Nelson exec member Leigh traveled to the CDDA conference in Hobart in May. I would be more than happy to talk to you one to one if you wished to learn more about the conference. It did reinforce to me that our own conference is high quality and we can be proud of it and the efforts of the local teams who work with Event Dynamic to organise the conferences.
Our website guy Mark has worked hard to tighten up the website, remove unnecessary and out of date content and to make the experience better for you. The enter-your-own calendar is working well and we will remove all regional calendars as these are now redundant under this system. Any questions about the website can be directed to Mark [email protected]
On June 22 we also heard from Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell. A humourous and good-natured person, she provided an overview of our ageing population and the likely future consequences of the changing demographic. She then explained how the CFFC hopes to embed the teaching of Financial Capability into the School Curriculum, with delivery by classroom teachers. Initial focus and resources, from next year, will be directed at Years 9 & 10.
Finally, we heard from Christine (TEC) and Richard (MoE) who updated us on the reviews and restructures that are ongoing in Wellington. It is important that we have our say on these matters so be assured that we are at exec level and you can too by letting me know your views or partaking in the various online surveys such as the Have Your Say events.