Tokoroa welcomes new principal
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.