Prin­ci­pal is mov­ing on

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

When Iain Tay­lor walks around the grounds of Glad­stone Pri­mary, you can be sure al­most every­one will stop and say hello.

The prin­ci­pal has made a point of get­ting to know all staff and pupils dur­ing his six years at the school.

But the time has come for him to move on to an­other chal­lenge.

At the end of this term he will leave to be the prin­ci­pal of his old school, Ma­nurewa In­ter­me­di­ate.

He says he’ll miss a lot about Glad­stone.

”I’ve loved the en­ergy in the school and the pas­sion from the kids and staff,” he says.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve man­aged to do here.”

Mr Tay­lor be­gan teach­ing 22 years ago and was prin­ci­pal of Pon­sonby In­ter­me­di­ate be­fore start­ing at Glad­stone in 2002.

He has also com­pleted post­grad­u­ate stud­ies and spent time as a prin­ci­pal in Sin­ga­pore.

Mr Tay­lor says he is leav­ing Glad­stone be­cause it is time for a change and a new chal­lenge.

Ma­nurewa In­ter­me­di­ate is a decile 1A school while Glad­stone is decile eight, and Mr Tay­lor says it will be a very dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment to work in.

“Kids at Glad­stone have got a lot of sup­port from their fam­i­lies and re­sources around them and this will be the ex­act op­po­site,” he says. “It will be in­ter­est­ing to find out what is needed there and give some­thing back.”

For­mer board of trustees chair­man John Pow­ell worked with Mr Tay­lor for five years.

“Iain’s a vi­sion­ary and pas­sion­ate ed­u­ca­tor with an ab­so­lute fo­cus on mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” he says.

“He will make a dif­fer­ence wher­ever he goes and I will be in­ter­ested to see where his new school is at in the next 12 months.”

Mr Tay­lor’s last day is Fri­day when he will be farewelled by staff and pupils.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Mov­ing on: Prin­ci­pal Iain Tay­lor of Glad­stone School is leav­ing to be­come prin­ci­pal at Ma­nurewa In­ter­me­di­ate.

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