Taieri prin­ci­pal role a chal­lenge

Man­iototo prin­ci­pal moves on

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628188334

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.

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