Prin­ci­pal takes chal­lenge

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By KRISTIN BEALE

Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate School will farewell its prin­ci­pal, Phil Straw, in Au­gust as he leaves New Zealand to lead a school in Pak­istan.

Mr Straw, who came to Toko­roa in 2005, will go to La­hore where he will be­come prin­ci­pal of a new school that caters to chil­dren aged 6 months to 19 years.

He said, ‘‘It will be a chal­lenge and it’s some­thing that you don’t get of­fered very of­ten.’’ Al­though Mr Straw had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing Toko­roa, the po­si­tion pre­sented it­self and he be­lieves it is time for some­thing new.

Mr Straw knows this will be a big learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and is hop­ing to take a bit of Toko­roa with him.

‘‘ I think Toko­roa has a lovely cul­ture with the stu­dents and if any­thing, I want to repli­cate the type of cul­ture over there.’’ While the idea of a chal­lenge en­tices Mr Straw, he knows there are many things that he will miss.

‘‘ Those daily in­ter­ac­tions with the stu­dents; we have a lovely group of stu­dents here,’’ he said, ‘‘I will miss that.’’

He said he had al­ways told his stu­dents to take risks and make the most of op­por­tu­ni­ties. Now it was his turn to take up the chal­lenge.

‘‘I think I had to take the po­si­tion be­cause other­wise I would look back and think, what if.’’

Deputy Prin­ci­pal Brian Fisher will be acting prin­ci­pal un­til a re­place­ment is ap­pointed.

Mr Straw said, ‘‘I came into the po­si­tion with Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate be­ing a strong school and I leave it as a strong school.’’

MOV­ING ON: Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate prin­ci­pal Phil Straw is head­ing around the world to a new role in a Pak­istani school.

MINI MOVES: Tera­ma­rama Tyra-Leigh Fol­las-Watene de­liv­ered an en­er­getic per­for­mance for the judge.

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