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

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