Step­ping up to a new chal­lenge

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TAMARA THORN

St Pa­trick’s Catholic School’s new Prin­ci­pal says it is all about the chil­dren.

An­gela Ed­house started her new job last term. She was the deputy prin­ci­pal be­fore that.

Ed­house said she was up for an ‘‘ex­cit­ing new chal­lenge’’ but never thought she would be sit­ting in the prin­ci­pal’s chair.

She was act­ing prin­ci­pal for 3-4 weeks while the process to find a new prin­ci­pal was un­der­way at the start of the year.

It was soon af­ter Ed­house went thor­ough the process she was ap­pointed per­ma­nent po­si­tion.

She said she was not quite sure what she was in for when she took the job, but be­ing deputy for the past three years had its ad­van­tages. She knows the com­mu­nity she is work­ing in and the stu­dents.

‘‘I am not try­ing to find my way in a new town which is a pos­i­tive,’’ she said.

Ed­house said she is get­ting her head around the job and adapt­ing to the new en­vi­ron­ment. She is ex­cited about the new jour­ney and chal­lenges ahead.

As Prin­ci­pal Ed­house wants to fo­cus on build­ing on the strengths the school al­ready has. She will also re­view the teach­ing and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

She said she is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the chil­dren and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. She wants stu­dents to be aware that they have an im­por­tant role to play.

‘‘They will be prob­lem solvers and risk tak­ers of the fu­ture.’’

Ed­house said she wants to work on de­vel­op­ing a cur­ricu­lum that re­sponds to the needs of all stu­dents, and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to learn­ing, and pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity that en­gages learn­ers.

‘‘It has al­ways been about the kids,’’ she said.

Ed­house said she has a sup­port­ive Board of Trustees and Par­ish. Pas­sion­ate staff have made the tran­si­tion from deputy prin­ci­pal to prin­ci­pal ’’that much eas­ier’’.

’’This is a spe­cial school and the time felt right to make the move into prin­ci­pal­ship.’’

She said it was all about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for the chil­dren, work­ing along­side teach­ers and cater­ing to the needs of stu­dents.

‘‘Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent which is quite ex­cit­ing and keeps you on your toes,’’ she said.

‘‘It is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing ad­ven­ture.’’


New Prin­ci­pal An­gela Ed­house with room 3 stu­dents.

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