Tu­raki right vibe for new prin­ci­pal

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Chil­dren at Tu­raki School wel­comed their new prin­ci­pal with a powhiri on the first day back to school.

Robyn Brider has taken over from act­ing prin­ci­pal Erin Simp­son.

Com­ing from a sole role with 24 stu­dents at Orautoha School in Ru­atiti Val­ley, Raetihi, Brider con­sid­ered the change af­ter a sug­ges­tion from a Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice ad­vi­sor.

‘‘The ERO ad­vi­sor said ‘Robyn you need to take what you do so well here so more kids ben­e­fit from it’.

‘‘I thought ‘okay I need to be look­ing at big­ger schools’.’’

The ad­vice res­onated with Brider so she started to look fur­ther afield un­til she saw a po­si­tion ad­ver­tised in the Ed­u­ca­tion Gazette.

Brider is known for im­ple­ment­ing Be­hav­iour Man­age­ment Strate­gies to sup­port and help chil­dren make changes which in­cludes in­di­vid­ual learn­ing plans.

Orig­i­nally from Raetihi, the new po­si­tion al­lows her to visit fam­ily. Brider now lives in Tau­marunui af­ter mov­ing her fam­ily over the school hol­i­days.

When Brider vis­ited the school for one day in Term 3, she knew she had made the right de­ci­sion.

‘‘I am big on vibes and how you feel in a place.

‘‘I loved the feel­ing when I came in here and kids were com­ing up and hav­ing a chat.’’

Brider will spend the last term eas­ing into the role.

Her main fo­cus is to build a re­la­tion­ship with chil­dren at the school and to look at what the school can do bet­ter.

The mid term goal is to work on get­ting a pos­i­tive ERO report next year.

Work­ing as a Trans­for­ma­tional Leader, she will work closely with staff to help them build pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ships with tamariki. Brider said she is ex­cited about her role and looks for­ward to the chal­lenge of lead­ing a big­ger school.

‘‘I look for­ward to work­ing with the tamariki and do­ing what’s best for them, that is what is at my heart.

‘‘It’s all about re­lat­ing to them and lis­ten­ing. They’re the rea­son we are here.

‘‘I am here to lead our school but to be driven by our school com­mu­nity and by our tamariki.’’

Brider is of Ngati Rangi, Ngati Uenuku & Te Ati­haunui apapa rangi.

FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Chil­dren at Tu­raki Pri­mary School wel­come their new prin­ci­pal Robyn Brider.

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