Mossburn teachers face new challenges
From living inland to living on an island.
Mossburn School teacher Jessica Blatch is moving to the Chatham Islands’ Te One School to take up a teaching position next year.
Blatch is looking forward to the challenges associated with living on an island, by the beach and moving to another tight knit community.
The school has three teachers, a principal and about 67 students.
‘‘The principal, Barbara Moore, gave me some good advice about how to do shopping with everything coming on planes and boats making increased expenses.
‘‘I visited as part of the application process and found the children absolutely fabulous, well mannered, friendly and keen to learn.’’
Mossburn’s principal of 11 years, Andrew Pardoe-Burnett is also on the move - he’ll be principal of Waiau Area School at Tuatapere next year.
‘‘It is a privilege to be at Mossburn school as principal, I love the rural family connections and knowing where everyone lives which gives real connectedness with the students and parents.
‘‘I am very grateful for my time here, and I am looking forward to new challenges at Waiau that any new position brings.’’
Andrew PardoeBurnett and Jessica Blatch