Toko­roa wel­comes new prin­ci­pal

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Stu­dents at Toko­roa Cen­tral School will be wel­comed into a new school year by a new prin­ci­pal.

Tina-Ma­ree Hooper is ex­cited about the move to Toko­roa Cen­tral School and said she had re­ceived a warm wel­come from staff and other prin­ci­pals in the town.

Mrs Hooper said she was ‘‘ex­cited about mov­ing to Toko­roa Cen­tral School and tak­ing up the chal­lenge of work­ing in a new school and com­mu­nity.

‘‘I am pas­sion­ate about work­ing along­side staff to de­velop strong re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents that are built on ex­cel­lent teach­ing prac­tice. Mrs Hooper said she was ex­cited about work­ing with the school’s ‘‘ded­i­cated staff and lead­ing Toko­roa Cen­tral School to fur­ther im­prove learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for our stu­dents and to im­prove stu­dent achieve­ment’’.

‘‘The school has been through some ups and downs in re­cent times,’’ she said.

‘‘The staff have held the school to­gether and the school is well po­si­tioned to take a new di­rec­tion.’’

Among Mrs Hooper’s goals for her first year in charge of the school is en­sur­ing all stu­dents take part in a learn to swim pro­gramme, the es­tab­lish­ment of a stu­dent coun­cil ‘‘to en­sure our stu­dents have a voice at our school’’ and a strong fo­cus on lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy.

Mrs Hooper said she would also en­sure each staff mem­ber had op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow and learn as a teacher.

Such op­por­tu­ni­ties had helped Mrs Hooper in her own ca­reer. In 2008 she was se­lected for a Link­ing Minds study schol­ar­ship to Bri­tain by the New Zealand Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Bri­tish Coun­cil and the NZ-UK Link Foun­da­tion.

She used the schol­ar­ship to study lead­er­ship and hu­man rights in ed­u­ca­tion in the Winch­ester area.

She has also stud­ied lead­er­ship at Waikato Uni­ver­sity gain­ing a post­grad­u­ate diploma in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship

NEW START: Tina-Ma­ree Hooper is the new prin­ci­pal of Toko­roa Cen­tral School.

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