Term 3 Newsletter 2020

Term 3 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,

We hope that the term has begun smoothly and it continues to be virus free! I am reminded how resilient Cantabrians are and how we do have strategies to keep ourselves well and we know how to support each other.

Our team is in full force and raring to go! 

Thank you for continuing to welcome our team into your schools. We value the trusting relationships we build with you and your staff.  He waka eke noa. 

We have a stable staff and are fully staffed to support your schools and kura.

RTLB PLD: Reading, Coaching & Te Tiriti o Waitangi
At the end of Term 2, our team spent a whole day immersed in effective reading practice with Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey.  A really valuable and worthwhile day!
Last week, our team spent two full days of PLD together. We spent some time developing our coaching skills and using the GROW model. Our leadership team continues to build their leadership coaching skills with PLD facilitated by Amira Aman (CORE Education). 
Gemma Stewart (CORE Education), facilitated discussions around our understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We spent some time critically examining our own cultural assumptions and beliefs and the impact on our practice and the achievement of Māori ākonga. 

Canterbury & South Island Cluster Manager Hui
I meet & communicate regularly with the Canterbury Cluster Managers and also attend the termly South Island Cluster Manager Hui. These hui are important to share practice across clusters and where appropriate, look at consistency between clusters. 

Chatham & Pitt Islands
We will be sending two of our RTLB to the Chatham and Pitt Islands this term to support the three schools. 

Bilingual Assessment Symposium
We have three staff attending the annual Bilingual Assessment Symposium on Thursday 17th Sept-18th Sept. Click on this link to find out about bilingual assessment.
Bilingual Assessment Service (BAS) | Education in New Zealand

MoE & RTLB Combined Hui-25th August
Our team, and the four Service Managers, Juanita Davidson, Patrick McEntyre, Marion Kazakos & Linda Youll,  and their teams, will be meeting on the 25th August to further develop shared understandings on co-working and transitions between our organisations. This is to improve our service to you and ensure we are strengthening The Learning Support Delivery Model, so that all children and young people get the right support, in the right place, at the right time.

Dates for Allocation-Weeks 3, 6 & 9
The next allocation is on Friday 7th August. Your Liaison RTLB will be in touch to discuss the potential requests and provide support for you. 

RTLB Website Development
Te Paeroa RTLB Service website
Our website has been launched. We are aiming to make this a user friendly resource centre for SENCos and LSCs in our cluster to refer to. If you have any feedback about what you would like to see on here, please contact me, clustermanager@rtlb34.school.nz.
We will be uploading recent updates, PLD presentations, newsletters, documents, useful links, guidelines and blogging copies of emails being sent out to school/kura. It also has a link to schoolgate.

ICS Nomination Forms due -5pm Thursday 17th September
Reminder that nomination forms for In-Class Support (ICS) are due 5pm Thursday 17th September 2020. The region has decided the priority will be Years 3-10 as it has been in previous years. Please send all nominations, with attachments, to ics.canterbury@education.govt.nz.
Your liaison RTLB will be available to support SENCos & LSCs review the applications throughout the process, and before submitting the application as final. 

Professional Learning & Development for SENCos/LSCs
ICS Applications & IEP Workshop
Wednesday 29 July 1:30-3:30pm  and repeated on Thursday 30 July 3:30-5:30pm
We are currently taking names for the workshop. Please email Sharon, sharonj@rtlb34.school.nz with the day and time you would like to attend. Afternoon tea will be supplied. 

Compliments & Complaints
A reminder, if you have any concerns or complaints about our RTLB working in your school, please do not discuss this with other RTLB in your school. This places them in very uncomfortable situations. Addressing any issues with the RTLB concerned would be the first step and then contacting me if it is not resolved. 

Ngā manaakitanga
Michelle Maule
Cluster Manager, RTLB34
Te Paeroa
Cellphone: 0272766713