Greetings to all the families and friends of Western Heights school. I am truly excited at the prospect of coming to work at this wonderful school each day. Family: My wife Jacqualene is the Principal of Mangere Central. She has outstanding skills and talents in administration, curriculum design and integration of ICT into the teaching and learning programme. My son Tiaki is a bright boy, very keen on technology, a bit of a musician, and a very talented footballer and softballer. Tiaki was the youngest footballer to make it into the National Talent Centre, and was MVP at the South Island Softball Champs. I also have two adult children and two grandchildren - all in Australia.
Western Heights school is a wonderful school, staffed with exceptional teachers and support staff; led by an outstanding Board; and supported by an enthusiastic and committed parent community.
Career: I began teaching aged 19, some 41 years ago, and began my 20th year as a principal at this wonderful school in 2014.
Principal of Tareha School - Napier 2 years Deputy Principal Prospect School - west Auckland 7 years Principal Pomaria School - west Auckland 7 years Principal Te Akau ki Papamoa School - Bay of Plenty 3 years Principal Kaiapoi Borough School - Canterbury 8 years
President of Waitakere Area Principals Association 2003 - 92 schools Apple Distinguished Educator Award - 2009. Sponsored to Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, USA. Secretary Auckland Computers in Education Society Primary Principals’ Representative - Primary Sector Education Advisory Committee Waitakere City Council - Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education, 2003. Presenter at UNESCO Conference on Values in Education, 2002. Guest speaker - International Principal's Federation Conference, Auckland 2002. Ministry contracted trainer - Implementation of New National Administration Guidelines First Time Principals’ Mentor for Ministry of Education in Auckland and Christchurch. Mentored new principals of four Canterbury schools. University of Canterbury School Curriculum Development Facilitator - e- Learning, ICT in 2011 and 2012. Worked with 70 schools. Post Grad Studies at Mindlab 2016
Personal Achievements Sportsman of Year - Christchurch College of Education 1978 Canterbury Colts Softball representative National League football with Woolston FC Waimakariri Football Club Junior Coach of the Year - 2011, 2012, 2013
Philosophy I believe passionately in all learners becoming independent. My Vision has always been of “Growing Great Kids” who are self managing, self motivating, self moderating, independent leaders of their own learning. This has been achieved through “Dream. Grow. Shine. Reflect.” Children choose appropriate goals. They develop an effective action plan to achieve those goals. They identify success criteria - what we can expect to see when success is achieved. They reflect on their goals, their plan and their outcomes and make decisions in light of this.
We know that positive relationships are the key to success, not just in learning but in all aspects of life. Positive relationships are built on trust, honesty, respect, and genuine concern, and nurtured through active listening and time spent together. Whanau (Family) Relationships are the basis for all I do and the way I teach, coach and lead. For this reason, I set great store in being open to and available to children, staff and community. As examples of this, we now have a presence on Facebook, a Twitter account, a revamped web site, an Open Door policy for access to me, and my personal email and cell phone number available to you all.
My door is open, my cell phone switched on and email launched - feel free to contact me any time.