Head prin­ci­pally im­pressed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Lin­den School’s new prin­ci­pal raves about its at­mos­phere and tight-knit com­mu­nity, and she hopes to be­come a fa­mil­iar fix­ture in Lin­den this term.

The school of­fi­cially wel­comed Me­lanie Dean with a powhiri on Fri­day.

Mrs Dean, 48, has been deputy prin­ci­pal at Mi­ra­mar North School since 2010 and fell in love with Lin­den when the prin­ci­pal’s po­si­tion be­came avail­able.

‘‘This school looked really lovely. I thought it had a really lovely at­mos­phere,’’ she said.

She has felt at home since start­ing the job five weeks ago.

‘‘ The chil­dren are gor­geous. The staff have been won­der­ful at keep­ing me up to date with what hap­pens at the school.’’

Mrs Dean grew up in Master­ton but spent most of her ca­reer at St Mary’s School in Blen­heim, start­ing her first teach­ing job there and later be­com­ing deputy prin­ci­pal.

She has no plans for sweep­ing changes at Lin­den – her goal this term is to gauge how the place works.

‘‘I’m get­ting to know a new com­mu­nity and get­ting them to know me. There may not be any changes that need to be made. It’s not about me coming in and do­ing all the things I want.’’

Her big­gest chal­lenge so far has been remembering the names of the 100 chil­dren on Lin­den’s roll.

It is a very balanced school in all re­gards, Mrs Dean said. No eth­nic­ity or so­cio- eco­nomic group dom­i­nates.

She hopes to help stu­dents strive for con­fi­dence, com­pe­tence, cre­ativ­ity and con­sid­er­a­tion, and is im­pressed with the clubs and pro­grammes of­fered.

Learn­ing the ropes: Lin­den School’s new prin­ci­pal Me­lanie Dean will spend this term learn­ing how her school and com­mu­nity func­tion.

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