Rangikura head has moved on

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Paul Nees has seen a lot of changes in the last decade and a half at Rangikura School.

Af­ter more than 15 years as prin­ci­pal he has taken a job with the New Zealand Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute.

Two full co­horts have passed through the year-one to eight school and in that time he has seen ‘‘huge changes – both ed­u­ca­tion­ally and po­lit­i­cally’’.

Na­tional stan­dards have wrought mas­sive change that will con­tinue into the fu­ture, he said.

The Ta­maiti Mua (Chil­dren First) pro­gramme he and his staff in­sti­tuted has trans­formed Rangikura into a com­mu­ni­ty­cen­tred school, he said.

‘‘It’s ba­si­cally a 10-year plan to achieve to­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion. It’s about in­volv­ing our com­mu­nity and it’s about pro­vid­ing ser­vices to our com­mu­nity through our school.’’

Among the Ta­maiti Mua ini­tia­tives were play groups for young moth­ers and evening maths classes, not just for chil­dren but for any­one want­ing to do a bit ex­tra.

‘‘A lot more par­ents are com­ing into the school and a lot more par­ents are vis­i­bly in­volved in their chil­dren’s school.

‘‘What stands out for me is that we have en­hanced Rangikura’s rep­u­ta­tion in the wider com­mu­nity as well,’’ he said. Does he have any re­grets? ‘‘I would like to have seen this com­mu­nity project all the way through to its com­ple­tion,’’ Mr Nees said.

‘‘Hav­ing said that, whether any­thing ever gets com­pleted to how you would like is a moot point. Over­all it was a good time to bow out.’’

Many Rangikura pupils have gone on to suc­cess but Mr Nees was par­tic­u­larly proud of Daniel Al­bert, who re­turned to the school to play the role of mas­ter of cer­e­monies for his leav­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

Daniel had faced a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing his pri­mary school years, Mr Nees said.

‘‘Now he has grad­u­ated from Aotea and is do­ing Maori Stud­ies at Vic­to­ria, and next year will study law and pol­i­tics.’’

Mr Nees’ role at the NZEI is pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional and em­ploy­ment sup­port for other prin­ci­pals.

Photo: RE­BECCA THOM­SON

Pass­ing the ba­ton: Paul Nees has moved on af­ter af­ter serv­ing more than 15 years as prin­ci­pal of Rangikura School.

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