New prin­ci­pal for O¯ makere

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The Board of O¯ makere School has re­cently ap­pointed Sue Tay­lor as its new prin­ci­pal, start­ing in 2019.

“We are de­lighted to have a teach­ing prin­ci­pal of Sue’s cal­i­bre join our team,” says board chair Bev Kerr.

“We know that her lead­er­ship style and teach­ing skills are go­ing to be a real as­set to our school.”

Sue, who is cur­rently teach­ing at an­other CHB school, has a back­ground in teach­ing and lead­er­ship in ru­ral schools. She has strengths in teach­ing of math­e­mat­ics, dig­i­tal learn­ing and teach­ing through in­quiry.

Sue says she is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with stu­dents, staff and com­mu­nity to build on and de­velop a fu­ture-fo­cused learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment where chil­dren can fol­low their in­ter­ests and strengths. Bev says as a thriv­ing ru­ral school, it was im­por­tant to have a new prin­ci­pal who built on the great things that had been achieved by staff and board.

“Through care­ful plan­ning and man­age­ment, we have three well­re­sourced class­rooms, small class sizes and sev­eral teacher aides who pro­vide learn­ing sup­port across all the class­rooms.”

The Omakere com­mu­nity ral­lies every year to fundraise for two com­mu­nity buses, which trans­port chil­dren from Waipuku­rau and Waipawa to and from the school at no cost to fam­i­lies.

“It’s im­por­tant to us that all fam­i­lies have the op­tion of their chil­dren be­ing taught in a ru­ral set­ting.

“Our size and com­mu­nity val­ues re­ally help us to fo­cus on stu­dent achieve­ment and well­be­ing,” says Bev.

Sue Tay­lor will take over as prin­ci­pal of O¯ makere School in Jan­uary.

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