Prin­ci­pal mov­ing on

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

He ar­rived at Tainui Full Pri­mary School as a self de­scribed ‘‘hip­pie’’.

Now 35 years later prin­ci­pal Richard Peters has de­cided to leave.

His last day, which will be at the end of this month, comes af­ter he spent 15 years of his term as prin­ci­pal.

‘‘I have en­joyed be­ing a prin­ci­pal.

‘‘Be­ing a prin­ci­pal is a de­mand­ing job, but I am still passionate about ed­u­ca­tion. I am mov­ing on to new ven­tures. [When] one door closes an­other opens,’’ he said.

‘‘ Teach­ing is my pas­sion. Teach­ing ed­u­ca­tion is my pas­sion.

‘‘I have thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing as a class­room teacher and see­ing stu­dents learn and suc­ceed . . .

‘‘I chose to work in Toko­roa be­cause I thought it was a great com­mu­nity (with) a lot of cul­tural di­ver­sity. That is the strength of the town,’’ he said.

When Mr Peters was asked why he has de­cided to leave he re­sponded, ‘‘New op­por­tu­ni­ties. I am get­ting older, there are things in life that I want to do. I want to go back to univer­sity and study some more.’’

He added that he pas­sion- ately be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal for peo­ple to suc­ceed.

As part­ing ad­vice, he said: ‘‘ Ed­u­ca­tion is a part­ner­ship be­tween the school, the home and the child, and we need all three.’’

TIME FOR A CHANGE: Tainui Full Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Richard Peters will fin­ish at the school af­ter 35 years.

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