On Wednesday 29th the NZPPTA, the union that represents the vast majority of secondary teachers, called their members out on strike. This led to Nelson College being unable to open for classes that day.
It was hoped that this action would be the last and that a resolution between the Ministry of Education and NZPPTA would be reached, or at least enough progress made to postpone more action.
As of this morning this has not happened and we have been informed that the next NZPPTA action, NZPPTA members being directed not to teach year 9 students on Tuesday 4th June, will go ahead as planned.
This means that no Year 9 classes will run on Tuesday 4th of June. Nelson College does not have sufficient non-NZPPTA members and relievers to cover the absence of NZPPTA members. Therefore we would ask you to keep Year 9 students home on Tuesday.
There are plans for further industrial action but I remain hopeful that progress can be made and further action will not be seen as necessary.
This situation is very fluid and changeable and I will update you via e-mail and the Nelson College website if any new information becomes available.
Thank you for your support in this matter. Please contact the school on 03 5483099 if having your student remain home presents a particular or serious issue.
Nga mihi nui