Prin­ci­pal ap­pointed

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The Ter­race School has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new prin­ci­pal.

An­drew Chess­was will start at the be­gin­ning of the 2019 school year. He comes to Waipuku­rau af­ter 12 years as a prin­ci­pal in ru­ral Waikato.

“Three things stood out to me about The Ter­race School,” An­drew said, “the friendly learn­ers, pas­sion­ate teach­ers, and their out­stand­ing kapa haka.

“Learn­ers ob­vi­ously have pride in their cul­ture and lan­guage. The bilin­gual unit is an as­set to the school, an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate and grow lan­guage and cul­ture.”

An­drew grew up in ru­ral Taranaki and says he has an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the out­doors. This is a pas­sion he shares with both his fam­ily and stu­dents at Te Pahu School, where he is cur­rently prin­ci­pal.

“Out­door pur­suits bring some bal­ance to my life. They re­mind me of sim­ple plea­sures: con­ver­sa­tion, teamwork, tak­ing care of each other, and prob­lem solv­ing. I also get a buzz out of watch­ing learn­ers chal­lenge them­selves to step out of their com­fort zone, whether that be in a kayak, rock climb­ing or tramp­ing.”

An­drew will be mov­ing to Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay with his wife Sarah, who is an early child­hood teacher, and their five chil­dren. “Fam­ily is re­ally im­por­tant to me. I had a sup­port­ive fam­ily grow­ing up who al­ways en­cour­aged me to be the best I could be, and I want to give that same sup­port to my own chil­dren.

“I am ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity of lead­ing The Ter­race wha¯ nau, and also learn­ing from them.”

An­drew Chess­was will start next year as the new prin­ci­pal of The Ter­race School.

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