Principal settles in
He has been in the job for just over one week and Tokoroa Intermediate School’s new principal Russell Thompson is fitting in well.
Mr Thompson was the deputy principal of Masterton Intermediate for 18 years.
He left with then principal Frazer Mailman, who he had worked alongside since 1994.
Mr Thompson brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to Tokoroa Intermediate.
On his arrival Mr Thompson was welcomed by the school’s cultural groups.
Both he and his wife Lianne are settling in well in Tokoroa.
‘‘ It’s a really welcoming place,’’ he said.
Mr Thompson visited Toko- roa prior to relocating and was overwhelmed by the community’s positive nature.
‘‘ I couldn’t believe how friendly the kids were and how polite they were. So I am thoroughly looking forward to be here and working with all of the teachers. I am just really looking forward to being here,’’ he said.
He also commented on the sporting, academic and artistic talent of the school’s students.
Mr Thompson will also work with teachers, students and parents on ways to improve the school.
He replaces former principal Phil Straw, who departed for a new role in a Pakistani school.