Prin­ci­pal won’t sit be­hind desk

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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