The Board of Pukekohe North School are leading some major changes under Chair Denise Proctor.
The first, the appointment of Jim Stafford-Bush, a very experienced Principal.
Over the years Stafford-Bush has raised the profiles of Ararimu School, Puni School and Bailey Road School in Mount Wellington, all of which have had their struggles.
He finished at Bailey Road School in term three last year and left it in a far better condition than he found it.
Prior to Jim’s arrival, local MP Andrew Bayly initiated steps to introduce the very successful Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes into the school. Overseen by the famous mountaineer, Sir Graham Dingle and his partner Lady Jo-Anne Wilkinson, the Graham Dingle Foundation operates five programmes (such as the famous Project K programme).
At Pukekohe North School the Kiwi Can programme is now underway with professional trainers working with groups. Right now the Kiwi Can programme reaches more than 23,000 children in 100 schools around the country. They deliver a range of awesome physical, mental and creative challenges—plus high-energy, fun, safe and interactive lessons that reinforce the schools’ goals and curriculum.
Andrew and the team at the Graham Dingle Foundation set about raising the funds to operate this programme. The principle sponsor is New Zealand Steel who were the first to commit. Since then a number of generous sponsors have been found in Franklin.
Andrew said, “It is a testament to the strong community spirit.”
For Andrew, the culmination of the arrival of Jim as the new Principal and the start of the Kiwi Can project in Pukekohe North School represents one of his proudest moments as a local MP.