Tuesday 24th November Meeting - AGM - Federation House Auditorium


The October meeting was held, as planned, in Parramatta Park. The decision was made about our AGM


Federation offered some dates for when we could meet in the auditorium.  

Consensus was that the best date was on Tuesday 24th November 2020

The Committee will meet at 11.00am.

Lunch will from 12.00 to 1.00pm. 

For health safety reasons, this will be a BYO lunch

The AGM will be held at 1.00pm

Your attendance is important for the post Covid future of the RTA as we need to have a quorum of 20 for the AGM to go ahead.

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NOTE, as per a previous post below, this years Christmas Concert at St Stephens has been postponed to EASTER due to a combination of Covid restrictions and renovations on the church hall. 

Details later re December meeting date and venue.


UPDATE re October meeting

 

October Meeting Friday, 23rd October Parramatta Park

EVEYTHING IS STILL THE SAME AS BELOW EXCEPT Christina Bouwman had offered to investigate the supply of a light lunch. HOWEVER, due to health issues she is now finds herself unable to get to our October meeting and so there will be no food provided. 
So all you retired teachers will be now responsible for supplying your own "little lunch" or more if desired. 
Note, unlike school, there will be no bell or recess time provided.

ALSO, Max, our president, received a reply from Andrew Thomas, the Teachers Federation Events Manager who indicated that we can hold our November RTA AGM meeting in the Auditorium on Tuesday 24th November 
We can discuss this when we meet in Parramatta Park on Friday 23 October.

October Meeting Friday, 23rd October Parramatta Park

Following the previous meeting, our secretary telephoned Federation to inquire about holding meetings at Federation House. He was advised to email John Dixon with our request.  The secretary, then on 29th September contacted Federation by email (via John Dixon) regarding the possibility of recommencing RTA meetings at Fed House.

Unfortunately, we have not received a reply as yet, so, based on the decision made at our last meeting,  the meeting will be held outside in Parramatta Park.


Meet in Parramatta Park at 10am, picnic shelter nearest to Westmead station (five minute walk), and just 50 metres from a newish toilet block. Bench style seating only, so you may wish to bring a portable chair.

Free two hour roadside parking is available for those wishing to drive. Enter from the Macquarie St Parramatta entrance, and drive clockwise around the park to the south west corner. Bunmarra Shelter, D3 on the map. Just through the tree line between Cattle Paddocks and West Domain

 

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE MAP FOR A LARGER VERSION IF REQUIRED.

Christine Baumann has offered to investigate the supply of a light lunch. 

November will be our AGM – nominations for positions should be submitted at October meeting. There will be a review of donations and honoraria

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE

Most of the previous post below is still relevant. However, due to a combination of Covid restrictions and renovations on the church hall, the Christmas Concert at St Stephens has been postponed to EASTER. A Tuesday, date yet to be determined

September 2020 meeting with a review of Paul Jennings new book - Paul taught in schools for some years and remains a "teacher," but one that does not retire!!


Friday, 25th September, 2020, 10.00am in Parramatta Park.

Twelve members present
(you can click on the image to see a wider view)




Apologies – Geoff Dyer, Margaret De La Garde, Glynnis Brown


Treasurer’s Report - ME Bank $15480.3; TM Bank 235.7; TOTAL  $15716. All outstanding cheques have been presented


General Business 

  1. John Dixon responded to our email re email list of RTA members. They are unable to provide the list but have offered to create a special Retired Teacher Association space on their website. This was tried previously but was hard to navigate to. Paul to discuss with John and Jason Gurk about placing it in a more accessible position on the website.

  2. St Stephens Christmas concert – proposed for Tuesday, 1st December at 1pm. Organisation for performance and refreshments  is still being considered.

  3. November AGM – nominations for positions should be submitted at October meeting. There will be a review of donations and honoraria

  4. October meeting Friday, 23rd October– Following the meeting, Paul rang Federation to enquire about holding the meetings at Federation. He was advised to email John Dixon with our request. The person he spoke to mentioned that it may be possible to hold the meetings in the auditorium to allow social distancing. He will inform us whether the meetings can go ahead at Federation as soon as he hears from John Dixon. If not, Parramatta Park at 10am, picnic shelter nearest to Westmead station, just 50metres for newish toilet block. Christine Baumann will investigate supply of a light lunch if meeting is at Parramatta Park


AFTINET

  1. AFTINET is 20 years old this year. A special Zoom meeting was held to celebrate the occasion

  2. Ian Massingham asked the meeting to endorse a submission AFTINET is making to the Review of Australian Bilateral Investment Treaties. AFTINET supports trading relationships between countries as long as they are transparent, non- discriminatory and democratic

  3. MOVED Ian Massingham  CARRIED Unanimously





My name is Terry Jones. I am the person who “does the BLOG” for the NSW Retired Teachers Association, known to many as the RTA.

So why is a 74 year old retired science teacher writing his first ever book review. 
Before, during and after my teaching career I did a lot of reading but biographies and memoirs were not generally my scene.

However, this new book by Paul Jennings, is enough to break the drought. It is fabulous. 

With three adult daughters I have of course heard of Paul, and we still have his books on our shelves in the spare room downstairs. But I cannot honestly say that I “have read him” and he has not featured at any of the numerous Adelaide Writers Weeks I have attended with my wife Caroline since retirement.

The book is an honest story of what turns a dedicated teacher into a person who can put himself back in the shoes of an 11 year old and tell short stories for children that gain their attention and always “end in a way that makes the reader gasp” or “an Ah Ha.”

Compulsory reading for novice authors as, throughout the book, Paul tries to explain in his normal humorous manner the mental process involved in writing children’s books. Then of course, what motivated teacher does want to know how others use books in the classroom to educate the young (and older).

Untwisted (get the pun) is a book with short chapters and a brief index of people and places in Paul’s life. The sequence is not chronological but in themes and events of Paul’s life. When reading the book I found it easy to jump around and not get lost. 

So don’t buy his book. Get lots. Gift a copy to all your acquaintances that are teachers, children, trainee teachers, readers, etc. They will thank you. 

And to think, Paul is even older than me and still producing books that people love to read.



Welcome to the RTA September 2020

Your Retired Teachers Association had a second committee meeting on Wednesday 16th September by Zoom to plan our future. 
The NSW Teachers Federation have not given us feedback at this stage as to our access to meeting rooms nor an emailed newsletter to our members. 


At the previous ZOOM meeting, the committee decided that any physical meeting would be outside for the time being. 
The next PHYSICAL meeting will be OUTSIDE on Friday 25th September at 10.00am in Parramatta Park. NOT near Old Government House as previously mentioned but near the Westmead entrance. 
If coming by train, it is a short walk along Railway Parade to the 24hr pedestrian entrance. Nearby on your left you will see the West Domain “Cattle Paddock” with the Domain Creek Playground with two shelter pavilions and a toilet block between them. We will be meet there.
If coming by car, enter from Parramatta at the Macquarie St Gatehouse entrance and drive clockwise on the one way road until you get to the area mentioned above. There is two hour free roadside parking nearby. 
Please bring your own drink and food. Having your own picnic chair (and table) might also be an advantage. 
For more information and wet weather arrangements please visit the BLOG or contact me Terry Jones on 0407481222 or retiredteachersassociation@gmail.com 

We hope that the following meeting will be our AGM in November, probably Friday 13th. 
The committee felt that for our future, that an AGM was an essential step. Nominations for positions and proposed motions would need to be put at the September meeting. 


Thanks to Margaret De La Garde, in December we intend to continue our tradition of visiting St Stephens Uniting Church Sydney. 
There will be a restricted performance by the Conservatorium High School students - soloists only- no choir - no woodwinds. 
Details re food and date to come. 


Traditions are important. Are you having your 80th birthday this year. If so, we would like to help you celebrate with a fruit cake supplied by your RTA. However you have to ask. Just get a message to our secretary (Kerry and Paul Regan) at email regan.clan@optusnet.com.au ) with your name, address, telephone and/or email and a little about your teaching career. Also, if you know somebody is this situation, please tell them of our tradition.


Paul Jennings, one of Australia's most loved children's authors, has written a memoir about writing and teaching and life and we would very much like to let as many retired teachers know about the book’s October release. A link to the book is here which will tell you a little more about this memorable memoir. https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/other-books/Untwisted-The-Story-of-My-Life-Paul-Jennings-9781760525828 
We are arranging a review copy so watch this space for an update.


Our treasurer has been keeping up with the finances. 
We have no news on the 2020 State Super CPI increase.

August 2020

 Welcome back RTA.

Your Retired Teachers Association had a committee meeting on Thursday by Zoom to map out our future.

The NSW Teachers Federation are unable at this stage to offer us meeting rooms. 

In any case, the committee feel that any physical meeting would be better outside.


The committee will meet again by Zoom on Wednesday 16th September at 10.00am. If any member wishes to contribute, please contact our secretary (Kerry and Paul Regan) who will arrange your link to the online meeting. regan.clan@optusnet.com.au . Watch this space for an update.


The next PHYSICAL meeting will be OUTSIDE on Friday 25th September at 10.00am in Parramatta Park, near Old Government House, at the stables end. There is two hour free parking nearby and a fixed picnic table. Please bring your own drink and a plate of food to share (surname A to L savoury, M to Z sweet or fruit). Having your own picnic chair might also be an advantage. For more information and wet weather arrangements please visit the BLOG or contact me Terry Jones  on 0407481222 or retiredteachersassociation@gmail.com 



We anticipate that the next meeting will be our AGM in November, probably Friday 13th, also held outside for health reasons. The committee felt that for our future, that an AGM was an essential step. Nominations for positions and proposed motions would need to be put to either of the September meetings.


Please consider our outdoor December Christmas meeting. Probably Friday 11th December. Please forward any suggestions to our secretary (as above) or as a comment at the foot of this post on the BLOG. An outdoor venue, with parking nearby and safe public transport would be ideal.



Traditions are important. Are you having your 80th birthday this year. If so, we would like to help you celebrate with a fruit cake supplied by your RTA. However you have to ask. Just get a message to our secretary (see above) with your name, address, telephone and/or email and a little about your teaching career. Also, if you know somebody is this situation, please let them know of our tradition.


ONE FINAL THING. 

We have had a request for help. Names and telephone numbers to our secretary please. 

Kerri Carr (Deputy Editor, Federation's Education journal) has contacted us to say that the second edition of the journal for 2020 is now being put together and they'd like another RTA-related article somewhat similar to the first edition under the new formatting. Kerri needs two of us for background info on recollections/ feelings related to the Vinson Inquiry/ 2003-2004 salaries campaign. Willing participants may choose to answer the questions in writing. Federation has used industrial action scores of times over the decades to gain publicity for a just cause and to exert political pressure on the government of the day, often over salary increases.

The current work value inquiry has prompted members who were teaching in the early 2000s to recall the previous comprehensive examination into the value of teachers’ work — the 2002 Provision of Public Education in NSW Inquiry, known as the Vinson Inquiry — and the salaries campaign that followed.

Chair Tony Vinson’s findings (including a 5 per cent wages catch-up) informed the next salaries campaign, which included a salaries dispute in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) and strike action.

A 24-hour stoppage and Sydney and regional rallies were held six days after the case in the IRC began. More than 10,000 teachers marched on NSW Parliament in a massive display of anger over the failure of the government to improve its salaries offer or guarantee full Treasury funding for the IRC ruling.

The government’s argument against the Commission awarding more than 6 per cent over two years was capacity to pay. Federation’s claim was for 25 per cent over three budgets.

Over three months, 48 members gave evidence about work value changes since the industrial commission’s previous assessment of the value of teachers work, some 20 years earlier.

Further strikes and rallies were held on 27 May and 2 June 2004, in response to the Government’s application to reopen the IRC case at a time when the decision in the salaries case was imminent.

In 2011 the State Government changed the Industrial Relations Act, denying the ability of public sector to pursue in the IRC salary increases based on work value. The IRC is restricted to awarding the State Government’s public sector wages policy for workers in the sector.


Questions

  •  What do you remember about the Vinson Inquiry?

  •  How did you participate? (eg Help draft a submission from your association/school, facilitate a school visit from the inquiry panellists)

  •  What do you remember about the 2003/2004 salaries campaign?

  •  What do you think about being able to strike?

  •  What do you recall of the rallies?

  •  How did it make you feel?

  •  Why did you feel it was important to participate?

  •  How involved were you in Federation activities ahead of the campaign?

  •   Did it inspire your activism for the long term?

  •    How do you feel about the restrictions on the IRC/the public sector wages policy?

  •    What advice do you have for young members?

  •     Why is it important to be an active member of the union?

Don Morrison has passed away

Don Morrison died on 10 June 2020 from a brain tumor.
He was 97 years old when he passed.
He had been an active member of the RTA for well over 20 years.

In WW2, Don enlisted and became an army diesel mechanic in Darwin and other Pacific areas. Post war, he worked on repairing government buses at Homebush before completing a teaching degree and teaching automotive engineering at TAFE. 
He still found time for many community activities.


Don’s Daughters arranged the funeral for Don, held on Thursday 18 June at Mona Vale.
Max Prince, on behalf of the RTA was asked to give a brief eulogy.

Don's daughter has made her history of Don's available. It can be seen by click HERE.