Bright fu­ture in­cludes spell­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

He has only been on the job for two weeks but Ti­rau Pri­mary School’s new prin­ci­pal Hamish Fen­emor said it has been bril­liant so far.

Mr Fen­emor, who has a wife and two chil­dren, said they no­ticed the com­mu­nity’s pride in the town.

‘‘At the time of the in­ter­view, when we came up and had a look around, we no­ticed the pride in the Ti­rau town­ship and the school re­flects that,’’ Mr Fen­emor said. ‘‘ They have fully re­fur­bished the school.

‘‘It is thriv­ing. In the last cou­ple of years the roll has dou­bled,’’ he said.

The 35-year-old pre­vi­ously spent eight years teach­ing at Master­ton In­ter­me­di­ate be­fore mov­ing to Eng­land and teach­ing for a year in London’s East End.

On his re­turn he be­came prin­ci­pal of Tinui School, Master­ton.

Mr Fen­emor then spent two years out of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor while he worked on a fam­ily farm.

He said he is ex­cited about the fu­ture of the school.

‘‘ We want to con­tinue work on spell­ing. In terms of na­tional stan­dards we’re look­ing at our writ­ing and mak­ing sure that we have kids pro­gress­ing in that area,’’ he said.

Mr Fen­emor took over from for­mer prin­ci­pal Leo Spaans who de­parted for Dubai in Au­gust.

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