Re­cruiter helps send Kane on the right track

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Kapiti Col­lege prin­ci­pal Tony Kane has taught in var­i­ous schools in Christchurch, North­land and Hawke’s Bay, His long­est teach­ing stint be­fore Kapiti was at Karamu High School in Hast­ings, a school which has gone from ‘‘be­ing the school that you at­tended only if you lived nearby to be­ing a school that par­ents try to get their chil­dren into’’. Kapiti Col­lege has been through that same process dur­ing his 10 years as prin­ci­pal, he said.

DE­SCRIBE YOUR PER­FECT WEEK­END?

Spend­ing it with fam­ily, and my two grand­daugh­ters in par­tic­u­lar. How­ever, they live in the UK so we have to con­tent our­selves with Skype calls and an an­nual trip to see them all. Apart from that, the per­fect week­end is spent on the road bike in bril­liant Kapiti sun­shine, with a northerly at the back to blow us home!

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

Spare time can be a bit of a rar­ity for prin­ci­pals as there is al­ways some­thing on. Be­sides bik­ing, I am a movie fan and spend a bit of time play­ing gui­tar badly. For part of each hol­i­days, I join the main­te­nance crew and we build

WHAT DREWYOU TO WORK­ING AT SCHOOLS?

I got into ed­u­ca­tion by the ac­ci­dent of a teach­ing re­cruiter com­ing to my school at the same time my fa­ther was try­ing to get me to leave school to work on the rail­ways with him. In the good old days, you could get fund­ing to go to univer­sity and that prompted my fa­ther to change his mind. I didn’t in­tend to re­ally go teach­ing at the end of my time apart from a cou­ple of years to pay off the re­quire­ments of the teach­ing stu­dentship, but I found that I loved it and never left.

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGH­LIGHT OF YOUR TEACH­ING CA­REER?

Be­ing at Kapiti has been the high­light, work­ing with a ded­i­cated staff on build­ing an achieve­ment cul­ture in place of the old beach one. Lately, Multibuild were able to start on the Kapiti Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT KAPITI?

I sus­pect each older gen­er­a­tion looks at the one below it and sees the faults of the young. As teach­ers, we con­stantly see the po­ten­tial. The coast has young peo­ple who are over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and in­volved in their schools and com­mu­nity. We have ex­cel­lent schools in Kapiti.

Tony Kane’s fa­ther wanted him to work on the rail­ways with him be­fore he be­came a prin­ci­pal. In his spare time, Kane plays the gui­tar.

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