Our schools’ success

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Our kids in the Bay are doing well at our local schools. A strong education system where young people value their achievement means brighter futures – be it in the trades, academia, or professional fields.

I want to recognise the effort our teachers put in. Though many people may envy the long holiday breaks teachers have, much of this time – as well as after school hours – is spent in preparation, marking assignments, and coaching sports.

Also, I want to recognise parents and caregivers, who pull together to ensure their kids get to school on time in the morning. The same people who rack their brains trying to remember how to do fractions when they help with homework, and who provide encouragement, love, and support for their kids.

As the African proverb says –  “it takes a village to raise a child”. I am grateful for those who support our next generation.

The Government has worked hard to improve public services for Kiwi children. Early childhood education participation rates are up, as is NCEA level 2 achievement for our 18-year-olds. The first communities of schools have started this year, working together to share expertise, leadership, and quality teaching.

These school communities will be working together sharing teachers and principals in a way we haven’t seen before. It’s part of our plan to lift achievement in schools. I hope to see communities of schools in the Bay of Plenty in the future.

This is an exciting year for education, so thank you to everyone who pulls together to produce such good outcomes.