Open Letter from Auckland Primary and Intermediate School Principals

(Reprinted)

As educational professionals we fully endorse concerns recently expressed by many New Zealand academics relating to the proposed publication of league tables of NZ primary and intermediate school students’ performance based on this government’s national standards.
The vast majority of NZ principals have expressed serious concerns about the validity of the national standards data since the inception of the policy. The experience of other countries is that the publication of league tables is damaging and misleading, and does not lead to improved learning outcomes.
As educational professionals we condemn any published league tables and urge the NZ public to do likewise.

Signatories
Jill Corkin Snells Beach School
Kevin Bush Te Hihi School
Jeff Bruce Jean Batten School
Sue Dawson Clendon Park School
Lynda Stuart May Road School
Frances Nelson Fairburn School
Jane Cavanagh-Eyre Epsom Normal School
Rex Maddren Leabank Primary School
Liz Horgan St Joseph’s School, Otahuhu
Diana Tregoweth Owairaka District School
Brian Gower Beachlands School
Wim Boxen Ponsonby Intermediate School
Jennie Stewart Sunnybrae Normal School
Allan Watts Stella Maris School
Graeme Rix Pukekohe Hill School
Cameron Lockie Kaipara Flats School
Nicola Girling Hillsborough Primary School
Ken Pemberton Murrays Bay Primary School
Linda Mayow Glen Eden Primary School
Thomas Robertson Kelvin Road School
Graeme Lomas Cockle Bay School
Brenda Mauger St Therese School
John Faire Mt Eden Normal School
Annie Doherty Sherwood Primary School
Cherie Taylor-Patel Flanshaw Road School
Linda Harvie Farm Cove Intermediate School
Brent Woods Otahuhu Intermediate School
Neil Robinson Blockhouse Bay Primary School
Malcolm Milner Balmoral School
Fiona Cavanagh Sutton Park School
Sandra Jenkins Freemans Bay School
Roger Harnett Browns Bay School
Christine Wargent Marlborough Primary School
Liz Wood Waikowhai Intermediate School
John McAleese Howick Intermediate School
Roy Lilley Bruce McLaren Intermediate School
Kevin Hornby Puhinui School
Wayne Bainbridge Matipo Primary School
Maree Bathurst Albany Primary School
Nigel Davis Wesley Intermediate School
Wayne MacGillvray Mayfield School
Stephanie Anich Richmond Road School
Colleen Margison Panama Road School
Anne Malcolm Ponsonby Primary School
Juliet Small Sunnyhills School
Margaret Aikman Hay Park School
Bruce Laws Orewa North School
Hoana Pearson Newton Central School
Lois Kirkbride Favona School
Mavis Moodie Onehunga Primary School 50
Bill Barker Grey Lynn Primary
Brent Jenkin Wakaaranga School
Brenda White Redoubt North School
John McGowan Campbells Bay School
Tony Horan Tamaki Intermediate School
Shirley Maihi Finlayson Park School
Iain Taylor Manurewa Intermediate School
Kevin Choromanski Pomaria Primary School
Marilyn Gwilliam Papatoetoe Central School
Jill Farquharson Auckland Normal Intermediate School
Heath McNeil Ramarama School
Peter Mulcahy Sunnynook Primary School
Colin Dale Murrays Bay Intermediate School
Mary Wilson Baverstock Oaks School
Jeanette Dunning Verran Primary School
Heather Atkinson Waitakere Primary School
Martyn Weatherill Laingholm Primary School
Diane Parkinson Bucklands Beach Intermediate School
Brian Rolfe Shelly Park School
Shirley Hardcastle Devonport Primary School
Diana Peri Oranga Primary School
Rex Buckley Kingsford School
Mike O’Reilly Mt Roskill Intermediate School
Donal McLean Fruitvale School
Susannah Fowler The Gardens School
Stephen Lethbridge Taupaki School
Greg Roebuck New Lynn School
Jan Robertson Conifer Grove School
Rose Neal Oteha Valley School
Gary Lawrence Vauxhall School
Diane Lambert Orewa Primary School
Barrie Duckworth Bombay School
Ian Travers Te Huruhi School
Catherine Rivers St Mark’s School, Pakuranga
Phil Palfrey Manurewa East School
Ginty Bigwood Pigeon Mountain School
Diane Wiechern Green Bay Primary School
Pam King Kauri Park School
Warren Spanhake Whenuapai School
Leyette Callister Howick Primary School
Carolyn Marino Westmere School
Stephanie Thompson Beach Haven School
John Carrodus Edmonton Primary School
Cindy Walsh Takapuna Primary School
Linda Munkowitz Manuka Primary School
Wendy Koeford Newmarket Primary School
Sonia Johnston Rosscommon School
Melinda Bennett Ahuroa School
Gary Cain Parnell District School
David Ellery Somerville Intermediate School 100
Deidre Alderson Willowbank School
Eric Taylor Awhitu District School
Lindsay Child Bayswater School
Julien Le Sueur Pinehill School
Terry Hewetson Glen Eden Intermediate School
Margaret Palmer Waterlea School
Ron Gordon Patumahoe School
Jon Johnson Karaka School
Peter Marshall Greenhithe School
Germaine Peterson Waikowhai Primary School
Lee Hopkirk Milford School
Maria Heron Mangere Central School
Suzamme Mariassouce Paerata School
Luke Sumich Summerland Primary School
Dave Bradley Wellsford School
Delanee Dale Marshall Laing School
Cheryl Davies-Crook Halsey Drive School
Rosemary Vivien Edendale School
Graeme Newall Sandspit School
Bruce McLauchlan Swanson School
Stephen King Remuera Primary School
Owen Alexander Takapuna Normal Intermediate School
Jeff Johnstone Willow Park School
Mark Barrett Papatoetoe South School
Robyn Dunseath Glendene School
Lyn Gordon Brookby School
Laurie Thew Manurewa Central School
Susan Dunlop Yendarra School
Charmaine Munro Sunnyvale School
Gillian Bray Wainui School
Diane Manners Kohimarama School
Wendy Sandifer Torbay School
Gina Bernade Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School
Gavin Beere Hillpark School
Trish Plowright Elm Park School
Darrel Goosen Matakana School
Linda Barton-Redgrave Long Bay School
Irene Ogden Henderson North School
Lesley Elia Glenbrae School
Paul Engles St Mary’s School, Northcote
Judd McLauchlan Rowandale School
Robyn Curry Te Papapa School
Jo Augustine Kaurilands School
Michelle McCarty Alfriston School
Jane Danielson Hingaia Peninsula School
Carmel Bullot St Patrick’s School, Remuera
Paul Douglas Kowhai Intermediate School
Philomena O’Connell-Cooper St Joseph’s Catholic School, Takapuna
Chris Magner Ellerslie School
Enid Watson Forrest Hill School 150
Glen Vinton Stanley Bay School
Viv Collins Silverdale School
Craig McCarthny St Heliers School
Te Rangi Allen Nga Kakano Christian Reo e Rua Kura
Jocelyn Uasike St Joseph’s Catholics School, Pukekohe
Ross McGowan Aka Aka School
Sarah Martin Stonefields School
Raewyn Matthys-Morris Glenfield Intermediate School
Robert Minihan Kadimah School
Barbara Duckworth Papakura Central School
Linda Low Birkdale North School
Jason Swann Otahuhu Primary School
Kathryn Hira St Joseph’s School, Orakei
Cathy Chalmers Greenmeadows Intermediate School
Mike Gardner West Harbour School
Debbie Marshall Dairy Flat School
Blair Johnston Pokeno School
Darren Smith St Leonard’s School
Pat Chamley Flat Bush School
Judy Hanna Mangere Bridge School
Dave Latimer Rangeview Intermediate School
Graeme Gilbert Papatoetoe East School
Colin Andrews Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School
Clive Morris Drury School
Fintan Kelly Pakuranga Heights School
Diane Raynes Bayview School
Vaughan van Rensberg Chapel Downs School
Peter Ayson Meadowbank School
Andy Thompson St Joseph’s Catholic School, Onehunga
Jan Tasker Sunnyvale School
Michael Malins Konini School
Anne-Marie Biggs Glendowie Primary School
Paul Coackley St Pius X Catholic School
Julie Schumacher Clevedon School
Bruce Dale Henderson Intermediate School
Stuart Myers Pakuranga Intermediate School
Judy Parr Point View School
Linley Bruce Royal Oak Primary School
Anthony Noble-Campbell Mangere East Primary School
Maurice Young Marina View School
Brenda McPherson Windy Ridge School
Kent Wilson Westminster Christian School
Evan Robson Orere Point School
Bruce Warren Mairangi Bay School
Debbie Waikato Lincoln Heights School
Nigel Bioletti Birkenhead Primary School
Ken McKay Star of the Sea School
David Tennent St Mary’s Catholic School, Papakura
Richard Coote Birkdale Intermediate School
Jeanette Craig Upper Harbour Primary School 200
Rae Parkin Wesley Primary School
Kathy Irvine Red Hill Primary School
Mary Kedzlie St Leo’s Catholic School
Brigid Peterson Good Shepherd School
Bruce Cunningham Belmont Primary School
Bernard Fitzgibbon St John’s School, Mairangi Bay
Helen Varney Target Road School
Janet Pinchen Glamorgan School
Jane Hahn Christ the King Catholic School
Kathy Dooley Mt Richmond Special School
Cris Hull View Road School
Wiki Whittaker St John the Evangelist School
Pauline Cornwell Avondale Intermediate School
Trevor Canute Papatoetoe West School
Gary Passfield Waimauku School
Bruce Young Holy Cross School, Papatoetoe 216
Sandra Aitken Pt Chevalier School
Grant Hope-Ede Peninsular Primary School
Lesley Pether Maraetai Beach School
Simon Akroyd Glenbrook School
Jane Wallis Te Matauranga (co-principal)
Debbie Wooliams Te Matauranga (co-principal)
Peter Kaiser Tirimoana Primary School
Pat Conrad Mansell Senior School
Anne Milne Kia Aroha College
Alan Lyth Bairds Mainfreight Primary School
Kris Hughes Riverhead School
Sheryl Fletcher Bayfield School
Bruce Trezise Botany Downs School
John Nicholls Robertson Road School
Anne Saunokonoko Marist Primary School, Mt Albert
Linda Kelly Takanini School
Heather Frost Hunua School
Keith Gayford Viscount School
Lynne Keohane Anchorage Park School
Sue Mulcahy Chelsea Primary School
Vicki Joplin Waiuku Primary School
David Wallace Manurewa West School
Maxine Tau South Auckland Seventh-Day Adventist School
Justine Somerville Belmont Intermediate School
Robyn Pivac Marist Catholic School, Herne Bay
Tony Walsh Pasadena Intermediate School
Louise Doyle Oaklynn Special School
Vanessa Sofele Paparimu School
Jenny Bernard Principal, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Grey Lynn
Deborah Heaseman Northcote Primary School
Craig Holt Northcote Intermediate School
Murray Wratt Opaheke School
Tony Kolose Manurewa South School
Murray Burton Elim Christian College
Kathy Moy-Low Holy Cross School, Henderson
Clarinda Franklin Hauraki School
Karen McMurray Randwick Park School
Cherie Galloway Balmoral SDA School
Judy Brown Mellons Bay School
Adrienne Mawer Birkdale Primary School
Marianne Booth St Francis School, Pt Chevalier
Jennice Murray Don Buck Primary School
Annette Donnelly Mt Carmel School
Maree Stavert Henderson Valley School
Other signatories of support
Alister McCosh Picton School, Picton
Barrie Wickens Kaka Street Special School, Tauranga
Alan Jermaine Education Consultant, Auckland
Neil Fraser Ngatea Primary School, Ngatea
Gary Punler West End School, Palmerston North
Tony Hamilton Retired principal, Auckland
Tony Westrupp Kaukapakapa School, Helensville area
Barbara Bronlund Kaiwaka School, Wellsford area
Darren Kerr Whareama School, Masterton area
Kay Hawk Education consultant, Education Group Ltd, Auckland
Barry Hambleton Retired principal, Auckland
Frank Dodd Retired principal, Auckland
Nola Hambleton Retired principal, Auckland
Leanne Otene Manaia View School, Whagarei area

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