Let me guess – you have arrived back to school for 2017 and by 1pm each day your classroom is hot, sticky and unworkable. The heat, the humidity make it hard to concentrate in class.
It’s been a wet and windy summer holiday this year and I think it is time we changed the dates for summer holidays.
UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne agrees with me and has come up with a plan to fix that.
Dunne has launched a national online petition calling for New Zealanders to say whether they would like to see the holiday times lined up with sunnier and warmer weather.
The reality is that our weather patterns are changing. December is now windier and less settled then in the past while February, March and April seem to have more consistent, warmer weather.
The solution is easy. New Zealand, and our schools, should just have a short holiday for Christmas and New Year. Schools would break up on the 24th December and return on the 3rd January. We would then go back to school and work through to the 5th February. Our summer holidays would then start with Waitangi Day.
Dunne has announced that if there was enough support he would put a proposal to the Government.
So what do you think. Cast your vote below.
1. Make a For and Against table. On one side list the reasons FOR moving the holidays then make a list of the reasons AGAINST on the other side of the table.
2. Create a new calendar for New Zealand schools. Show when the holidays will be held and where the 4 ten week terms would fit in.
3. Who is Peter Dunne? CLICK HERE to find out a little about this man. Record five interesting facts about him.
4. Write a Letter to the Editor agreeing or disagreeing with this opinion article.