Principal won’t sit behind desk
When Jason Kereopa accepted the position of principal at Te Kura o Waharoa he was told by the whanau at the school that they were honoured to have him join them.
Mr Kereopa said the feeling couldn’t be more mutual.
‘‘I feel very honoured and privileged to be here,’’ Mr Kereopa said.
‘‘The welcome I have received has been awesome. I am so grateful.’’
Mr Kereopa started at Te Kura o Waharoa at the beginning of this term and said the weeks had been action packed so far.
He doesn’t want to be seen as the principal who sits behind the desk all day.
Mingling with the community, kapahaka, making short films, setting up bands as well as everyday learning within the components of the New Zealand education curriculum are just some of the things Mr Kereopa wants to see implemented at Te Kura o Waharoa.
‘‘I want to spend as much time as I can with the children,’’ he said. ‘‘There is a buzz within the kids at this school. The potential is everywhere.’’
Mr Kereopa, who was born and bred in Huntly, can remember being inspired by one of his teachers when he chose to pursue teaching as a career.
He attended Waikato University and spent 12 years teaching in Hamilton before he made the move to Te Kura o Waharoa.
Dual competency in both te reo Maori and English is the ultimate goal of Mr Kereopa for the children of Te Kura o Waharoa.
‘‘It is essential that we form some sort of balance with the kids,’’ he said. ‘‘They need to be able to walk confidently in both worlds.’’
Nau mai haere mai: Jason Kereopa is the new principal of Te Kura o Waharoa.