New principal for O¯ makere
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.