Goldfields principal retiring after 28 years
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.
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.