New prin­ci­pal finds gem

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Wairere School stu­dents will be in for a treat to­day when they ar­rive to meet their new prin­ci­pal Judi Buck­ley.

Full of en­thu­si­asm and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make this year a suc­cess­ful one, Mrs Buck­ley has plenty in store for her new stu­dents.

‘‘When I walked into the school, it just had such a lovely feel to it. It def­i­nitely felt right tak­ing this job,’’ Mrs Buck­ley said. ‘‘This school is like a lit­tle hid­den gem.’’ Mrs Buck­ley was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at Wairere School af­ter spend­ing the past two years as the e-learn­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Mata­mata Dis­trict. She worked reg­u­larly with the teach­ers at Wairere.

She was so im­pressed with the teach­ers’ com­mit­ment and de­sire to be part of a ‘‘fu­ture fo­cused school’’ that when a job came up, she ap­plied.

Now she is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to use the skills and knowl­edge from e-learn­ing and in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘There needs to be a strong fo­cus on mean­ing­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for stu­dents through e-learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and the use of ICT to sup­port the learn­ing in the class­room,’’ she said.

The com­mu­nity sup­port at the coun­try school is one of its big­gest as­sets, Mrs Buck­ley be­lieves, as ev­ery­one al­ways gets to­gether to help out, put on work­ing bees and cel­e­brate the stu­dents’ achieve­ments, in and out of the class­room.

Plenty of sport will be on the agenda for the stu­dents as Mrs Buck­ley en­joys keep­ing ac­tive.

In her spare time she likes to walk and is known to walk half marathons ev­ery now and again.

‘‘Chil­dren need to be given the op­por­tu­nity for sport as it is where some suc­ceed and it re­ally boosts their self-es­teem,’’ she said.

Aside from sport, Mrs Buck­ley is also pas­sion­ate about de­vel­op­ing the class­room en­vi­ron­ment to pro­vide bet­ter learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents and per­son­alised learn­ing.

‘‘Stu­dents have the right to the best ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port avail­able but the chal­lenge is to de­velop 21st cen­tury skills and to blend it with the

Wel­come to school: Not only is it the first day for stu­dents at Wairere School but also for new prin­ci­pal Judi Buck­ley.

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