Notice for Families

13th March 2023


Dear Parents/Caregivers

Royal Road School will be closed this week on Thursday 16th March due to strike action by Primary Teachers and Principals.

School will be open again on Friday 17th March for a normal school day.

Our Union and the Ministry of Education have been in negotiation for some time.

Two major sticking points continue to be around the funding and resourcing of Primary schools, and pay and conditions to attract and retain staff.

Principals and teachers in primary and area schools have considered at length offers from the government to settle our respective collective agreements. It was voted that the offer did not meet expectations and that a strike would be the next level of industrial action.

The decision to strike and close the school is not taken lightly. We know that it will inconvenience you as families.

It is hoped that this escalation of actions will cause the government to improve their offers and this process can be settled without further interruptions to the school year.

Wayne Leighton