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.