Act­ing prin­ci­pal to bring fresh vis­tas to school

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

St Joseph’s Catholic School’s new act­ing prin­ci­pal is set­tling in and look­ing for­ward to build­ing re­la­tion­ships within the school com­mu­nity.

Yvonne Mar­shall has taken up the po­si­tion for a year, while Paul Keogh gains ex­pe­ri­ence at Marian Catholic School in Hamil­ton.

Mrs Mar­shall pre­vi­ously taught at Hin­uera Pri­mary for 12 years and was as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for the last four. Prior to that, she taught at St Joseph’s part time for two years.

‘‘It feels a bit like I’ve come full cir­cle,’’ she said.

Along with her man­age­ment role, the ex­pe­ri­enced new en­trant teacher will take the ju­nior class two or three days a week.

‘‘I al­ways said I didn’t want to be a prin­ci­pal be­cause I love teach­ing so much but here I have a lovely mix of both,’’ she said.

‘‘It feels really spe­cial be­cause of the small na­ture of the school.

‘‘I’m also Catholic, so it is a lovely op­por­tu­nity for me to bring my faith and teach­ing to­gether.’’

While the po­si­tion is only for one year, Mrs Mar­shall said she has been given the green light to bring new ideas and fresh per­spec­tive to the school.

‘‘I’m look­ing at it like it’s a full time po­si­tion,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m quite ex­cited about it all. We are only a small school and the com­mu­nity seem to work really well to­gether – they’re a really sup­port­ive bunch.’’

Mrs Mar­shall has two adult sons and lives with her hus­band in Mata­mata.

She is a mem­ber of the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety, en­joys tramp­ing and is ac­tively in­volved in the par­ish.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Step­ping in: Act­ing prin­ci­pal Yvonne Mar­shall is en­joy­ing her new role at St Joseph’s Catholic School.

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