Kia ora koutou katoa,
Originally from Essex in the South of England I have now been in New Zealand for more than a decade; spending most of that time living in Waikanae Beach before moving down to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds just over 2 years ago.
When not at school I enjoy spending time with my 3 children, fishing, playing football and reading.
I have a passion for Early Years education and am enjoying working in our Kaituna classroom for one day each week –I consider it a real privilege to be able to help guide, shape and develop such young minds.
I believe in measuring and placing student progress ahead of student attainment and encourage our staff to follow a constructivist approach to teaching; making the child the centre of the classroom and helping them to manage their own learning journey effectively. I have always held the key competencies in high regard and encourage our teachers to do the same – they should be the drivers behind all learning; to me, developing mindsets, attitudes and a social conscience is just as important as developing numeracy or literacy skills.
Partnerships between home and school are vital to the success of every learner. We encourage open, honest conversations with our whanau. Making connections with the experts within our community is another element that builds on the learning at school and makes explicit links for our children.
As the Principal of Havelock School I will advocate for every child making sure they are understood and their potential is unlocked. We want to develop confident, curious, responsible and actively involved lifelong learners. How do we do this? Together - combined strengths and expertise through a collaborative working ethos.
If you have any questions, suggestions or queries please don’t hesitate to pop into School and share them with me, my door is always open and you are always most welcome.