Taieri principal role a challenge
Maniototo principal moves on
Maniototo Area School principal David Hunter is leaving Ranfurly to return to his roots and become the principal of the high school he attended as a youth. Mr Hunter, who has been the principal of the school for three years, has taken up the position at Taieri College, in Mosgiel. One of the biggest changes accepting the role entailed would be going from a role of 170 students to a role of over 1000. The new role would be a ‘‘fresh and new challenge,’’ Mr Hunter said. In 16 years of teaching Mr Hunter has taught at several different types of schools, and his appointment at Maniototo Area School was his first as a principal. Returning to his former high school was ‘‘almost a full circle’’ and it was possible there would be teachers at the school who taught him when he attended, Mr Hunter said. Mr Hunter said his time in Ranfurly had been rewarding. ‘‘The whanau-type atmosphere of an area school is really unique. We get to know our students really well,’’ he said. ‘‘The neat thing about this place is the kids. We are pretty special with the quality of children here.’’ He will start his new job early next term and applications for his position at Maniototo close at the end of July.
Returning to roots: Maniototo Area School principal David Hunter will leave the school early next term to take up the role of principal at his former school, Taieri College.