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