Head to fo­cus on hi-tech

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Wal­ton School’s new prin­ci­pal is set­tling in and look­ing for­ward to mak­ing his mark on the school.

Jeremy Kurth of­fi­cially started last week, although he is al­ready a fa­mil­iar face to some, hav­ing spent the sum­mer hol­i­days look­ing af­ter the school pool.

Mr Kurth was pre­vi­ously deputy prin­ci­pal at Te Kowhai School for five years, as well as as­sis­tant and deputy prin­ci­pal at Te Uku School, near Raglan, for five-and-a-half years.

Wal­ton’s former prin­ci­pal Bob Mar­low, who was at the school for 25 years, would be a hard act to fol­low, Mr Kurth said.

‘‘It’s a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing – he did such a great job, the com­mu­nity held him in such high es­teem and he was so loved by the kids,’’ he said.

‘‘At the same time, I think I have a dif­fer­ent set of skills I can of­fer the school.’’

Mr Kurth plans to trans­form the school’s five class­rooms into mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments, with a shift to­wards new tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘I want the class­room to be a place that is stim­u­lat­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing for stu­dents,’’ he said.

‘‘Kids adapt so quickly to new tech­nol­ogy so you have to keep push­ing the en­ve­lope.

‘‘I be­lieve learn­ing should be fun and chal­leng­ing for kids,’’ he said.

‘‘ At the same time you need to be firm and fair so there are set bound­aries.’’

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mr Kurth loves sport and is a huge fan of the Warriors.

He is also a car en­thu­si­ast and is restor­ing a 1969 Holden ute.

Mr Kurth moved to Wal­ton with wife Anna, who is also a teacher, and his two girls Brenna, 6, and El­lie, 3.

‘‘ That was one of the rea­sons I wanted to come here, I heard it was a strongly fam­ily-ori­en­tated school and that sits well with my per­sonal val­ues,’’ he said. ‘‘ I really en­joy meet­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and in­vite peo­ple to stop in any time, my door is al­ways open.’’

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