Principal: Jack Anderson
M.A EdLM (2nd Hons), Pg Dip EdLM, Cert FTPP, B.A Arts, Grd Dip Tch, B.A Ed, Dip Art, Cert BM.
PRINCIPAL UPDATE: October 2019
Kia ora koutou katoa
It is great to return to school from my 10-week sabbatical. During my time away, I visited many countries throughout the world and attended an international conference on education in Ireland. The focus of my sabbatical was to investigate the use of Information Technology for small schools in rural communities. I identified both benefits and deficits of the use of IT in these types of schools, which will be presented in my sabbatical report and available for you all to read once it becomes available on our school website.
Although I visited many exciting countries, I personally believe New Zealand is still the best country in the world to live and it is great to be home. We have many exciting opportunities and our children have access to high quality education. In saying that, I encourage you all to support your children to make the most of their educational opportunities as they prepare for adulthood and the wider world. Travelling and learning about other cultures and the way other people live is an experience that should be experienced by all. There is a lot we can learn from each other while we share our own culture with them.
Thank you to Ms Ferris, all the directors and the entire staff for coming together to ensure our school functioned without incident and students continued to receive quality educational opportunities. It was great returning to school knowing students and staff remained in a positive teaching and learning space. We have an amazing staff who do great work with your children and I am proud of them all. Please join with me in thanking all the staff here at Whangaroa College.
Term 4 is an important time for our senior students as they prepare for their external examinations. During this time it is important they receive good nutrition and lots of quality sleep. This is where our whanau can help by ensuring their children understand the importance of preparing the mind and body for these examinations. It is amazing what an individual is able to achieve as long as they are prepared. Remember it is not about luck; it is all about preparation!
All the best to all the whanau who will enjoy the activities of the Piri Mokena Cup this weekend, kia kaha whanau.
Nga mihi kia koutou katoa