New deputy prin­ci­pal at For­est View

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

His pas­sion for teach­ing and sense of community has drawn Steve English to Toko­roa’s For­est View High School.

As the new deputy prin­ci­pal, Mr English is de­ter­mined to build on the al­ready sterling rep­u­ta­tion of the school. ‘‘This is a cal­i­bre place to be,’’ Mr English says. ‘‘Be­fore in­ter­view­ing for the job, I have to iden­tify what I could of­fer to the community of Toko­roa and For­est View High School. I feel I have some­thing to of­fer to help move our students onto a path­way of suc­cess.’’

A cre­ative thinker, who be­lieves that cre­at­ing change to in­spire and mo­ti­vate students is the way of the fu­ture. And who can doubt a man whose cur­ricu­lum vi­tae tells a tale of ac­com­plish­ment.

Mr English and his wife moved to New Zealand in 1987 to be­gin teach­ing in Porirua.

Mr English and his fam­ily, two boys and one daugh­ter made the move to Raro­tonga in 1998 as a teacher at Tere­ora Col­lege.

In 2002 Mr English and his fam­ily re­turned to Ro­torua where he has taught at Ro­torua Lakes High School and as an as­sess­ment ad­vi­sor for the Univer­sity of Waikato.

So what are his goals for For­est View High School?

‘‘I want to move for­ward with the school, mov­ing to­wards key com­pe­tency. I, as many other teach­ers around New Zealand have se­ri­ous con­cerns about the achieve­ment lev­els of male Maori students and Poly­ne­sian students. This is where I will be putting my en­ergy.‘‘

Mr English who is aware of the friendly ri­valry be­tween both For­est View and Toko­roa High School, says com­pet­i­tive­ness should only be on the sports fields and not in the class­room.

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