Powhiri for new Principal

Charlotte Cooper, Sandy Muir, Whaea Michaelene,Cameron and Jayden Grey enjoy the aspects oftheir County School, which includes hut building

Charlotte Cooper, Sandy Muir, Whaea Michaelene,Cameron and Jayden Grey enjoy the aspects oftheir County School, which includes hut building

Michaelene Nu’u was officially welcomed as the new Principal of Aka Aka School last Friday, with students and teachers performing a hair raising powhiri for her and her family.

After 15 years of teaching at Rongomai School, Otara, Whaea Michaelene decided she would like a change of scenery and thought teaching in a rural school would be a great shift.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rongomai School. I started there as a beginning teacher and learnt so much through my different roles. As an Associate Principal, I oversaw the curriculum programmes and implemented the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, where teaching is lead by the students’ interests.”
Whaea Michaelene explained that the handson concept worked incredibly well and that she is looking forward to introducing the philosophy into Aka Aka School in the near future.
“The environment will be a keen aspect focus for the way we teach, as we are incredibly lucky to have so many interesting places surrounding the school.”
After seeing a relieving Principal position become available at the school, Whaea Michalene thought it would be a great opportunity to see if a permanent role was for her. “I just loved it, and was thrilled when offered the role.” Whaea Michaelene says the community has been incredibly supportive and that staff have worked equally hard to ease her into the role.
“I am really excited to start the New Year. We have had a few physical
changes in the school by de-cluttering classrooms and giving the Pukeko Playgroup a decent overhaul.
We will also look at ways to help build our roll and how we can move forward as a team. We will also be investigating our IT capabilities in the near future.” For now, Whaea Michaelene is looking forward to meeting and getting to know the community more and enjoying the activities that take place at rural school, which includes building huts and tree climbing.

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