Prin­ci­pal set­tles in

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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