Hard work ahead
Porirua’s Sose Annandale says while she is delighted at being appointed the new principal for Russell School, she recognises the hard work has just begun.
Ms Annandale has taken over the role previously held by Alistair Hudson, who left at the end of last year, after six years at the Porirua East school, to teach at Pahiatua in Northern Wairarapa.
‘‘Porirua is a wonderful community and we need to grow our young people to be great leaders. High-quality education is important to their wellbeing and development, and as the new principal I know the hard work begins now,’’ says Ms Annandale.
‘‘We need to create a thriving environment where we can nurture holistic learning for our children so they can be all that they are capable of becoming.
‘‘ In saying this we need to make sure the rich cultural diversity our children bring is integrated in their learning at school.’’
She says it is a privilege to follow in her late mother Elaine Annandale’s footsteps in a community leadership role. Her mother was a local community leader and Porirua City councillor.
Ms Annandale brings strong grassroots experience to the role as well as skills in teaching and senior management. Her promotion follows on from her role as deputy principal at the school for a number of years. Previously she was associate principal at Berhampore Primary School in Newtown.
‘‘I feel deeply honoured to be able to contribute to my community as my mum did. As a local I have a passion for my community and I am committed to work alongside the school’s board and the broader school community to take Russell School forward. I am determined to give Porirua’s young people the best education experience possible,’’ she says. ‘‘The rich cultural diversity we share and our relationship with the community makes Russell School a very special place. My crosscultural knowledge and experience and, extensive community involvement in the Porirua region will only serve to strengthen those important relationships we have with our community.’’
As Ms Annandale begins her new role, her brother Tony Annandale, superintendent and executive director of the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police Secretariat, who also served in Porirua, retires this week after a 30-year career with the police.