Gold­fields prin­ci­pal re­tir­ing af­ter 28 years

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Prin­ci­pal of Paeroa’s Gold­fields School Gary Quar­less has re­tired from his job, with new prin­ci­pal Cameron McKen­zie tak­ing over the pri­mary school.

A for­mal farewell was or­gan­ised on Tues­day last week at Paeroa War Me­mo­rial Hall to mark Gary’s long ser­vice.

He joined the school in July 2008 af­ter mov­ing from Nel­son to take up the prin­ci­pal’s role in Paeroa.

Dur­ing his time in the role, Gary has been suc­cess­ful in im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies and de­vel­op­ments fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of struc­ture within the class­room to help Gold­fields stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in new ex­pe­ri­ences and achieve their full po­ten­tial.

Staff say the for­mer prin­ci­pal has a strong sense of an en­viro-friendly so­ci­ety and he has re­in­forced this in Gold­fields’ cur­ricu­lum.

He also spear-headed build­ing new class­room blocks and up­grad­ing of oth­ers, with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on the sen­sory and tac­tile el­e­ment for Gold­fields stu­dents.

The out­side spa­ces and play ground also re­flect this and are a credit to his vi­sion for the school, the staff say.

Gold­fields staff say Mr Quar­less will be greatly missed by stu­dents, wha¯nau and the wider com­mu­nity.

“We wish him well in his new ven­ture,” of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor Cather­ine Ann San­der­son said.

Cur­rently work­ing in a Ro­torua school, Cameron McKen­zie will step into the prin­ci­pal’s role in Jan­uary.

PHO­TOS / SUP­PLIED.

Prin­ci­pal of Paeroa’s Gold­fields School Gary Quar­less with new prin­ci­pal Cameron McKen­zie (right).

Gary Quar­less cut­ting the cake dur­ing his farewell party last week.

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