2023 A Tree for Every Child

‘A Tree for Every Child’ started as a way to overcome the removal of many of our shade trees along the boundary of the gully, a health and safety risk in the wind. Their removal was quite traumatic as they had been planted when the school was built.

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When there is an event like A Tree for Every Child happening you would think it be the same year after year. This annual event is always different. A range of whanau come to participate and each tree is planted in a new area of the school. 

For 2023 our area for planting was directly outside the School hall. The removal of the flax buses and old over shrubs allowed us to start a new round of planting.

There were of course the shovel learners who stand by and look. The Kaitiakitanga Amber, Sophie and Alex helped and supported our five year olds to plant their tree and to keep the garden clean and ready during the planting.  

Matt our school photographer was also invited to plant his own tree and he jumped at the opportunity as did our caretaker Jeni.

A memory making day for all involved.

The trees were supplied by A and P Lifestyle Solution from Hitiri Road.

2024 Farquhar

Paula Farquhar

The long snaking line of students at the skipping rope. Jump in, jump out and off they go, happy and excited. Some still have to "Learn It". Others have reached the "Prove it" stage. Many will remain, comforted to be in a safe inclusive group.

Since 2010, I have been the passionate Principal of this vibrant, successful, and innovative school. It's without hesitation, I say I'm focused on "accelerating growth for student learning outcomes".

My style is fostering a culture of professionalism formed on a solid foundation of critical reflection. My own professionalism is expanded through a network of advanced educational practitioners. Practitioners who extend my theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical base. Fundamental in my belief, is strategic dialogue will map learning and teaching so innovation and creativity can flow into an innovative curriculum.

From considerable leadership experience, I know the school's vision has to be "crafted collaboratively". The adaptive vision must be student driven with ambitious academic goals. Raising success hinges on repeatedly asking: "does this decision help realise the vision?"

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