Hard work ahead

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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