New prin­ci­pal has ex­pe­ri­ence

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege’s newly ap­pointed prin­ci­pal Alan Munro is step­ping into the role with more than 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence at the school.

Mr Munro started as deputy prin­ci­pal in 2001 and said he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing up the top job.

‘‘I want to keep build­ing on the good things that are hap­pen­ing and con­tinue the success of the school,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m really for­tu­nate coming from within. If I was coming from out­side the school I wouldn’t know half as much.’’

Mr Munro grew up in ru­ral Waikato, where his par­ents were sharemilk­ers. He at­tended Te Aroha Col­lege.

‘‘I un­der­stand coun­try com­mu­ni­ties and I’m passionate about coun­try schools,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve worked in a num­ber of other schools and Mata­mata Col­lege is the one I’ve en­joyed the most.

‘‘To have the op­por­tu­nity prin­ci­pal here is an hon­our.’’

Work­ing with de­part­ing prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell for the last 11 years had been a pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Mr Munro.

‘‘Glenn has been an out­stand­ing role model and although he jok­ingly says that I have learned ev­ery­thing from him, he has been an in­spi­ra­tion to work with and I’ve got big boots to fill,’’ said Mr Munro.

‘‘I’m lucky to fol­low some­one like Glenn, who has given his heart and soul to the school.’’

With board of trustee elec­tions half­way through next year, Mr Munro said there were ex­cit­ing times ahead for the school.

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‘‘For the most part, it will be busi­ness as usual but the elec­tion will give us a chance to start look­ing at how the school will move for­ward.’’

Join­ing Mr Munro in the man­age­ment team next year will be newlyap­pointed deputy prin­ci­pal Simon James.

Mr James is coming from Re­poroa Col­lege in Ro­torua where he has been head of the maths de­part­ment for the last four years.

‘‘I’m ex­cited,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of im­prov­ing out­comes for kids in this school.’’

Mr James was also cur­ricu­lum man­ager and year 10 dean at Re­poroa.

‘‘I’ve taught a wide va­ri­ety of chil­dren – from city schools in Eng­land to ru­ral Ro­torua and Bay of Plenty.’’

Mr Munro said Mr James’ ex­pe­ri­ence would com­ple­ment the rest of the man­age­ment team, in­clud­ing deputy prin­ci­pal Lynette Par­ish and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Faye Matthew.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz Step­ping up: Newly ap­pointed prin­ci­pal Alan Munro, left, and deputy prin­ci­pal Simon James.

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