Te Aro School is a vibrant and bustling learning environment where diversity is valued. I love being here! I love the school’s cultural mix, the staff team, the students and the fact that we are a hidden gem on the edge of the city. It still amazes me that so many Wellingtonians don’t even know there is a school at this end of The Terrace.
2018 was definitely the Year of the Dog for me. Adopting Molly has helped me achieve a better work life balance. Her need for two walks a day had me rediscovering the South Coast in and around Island Bay, Owhiro Bay, Houghton Bay and Te Raekaihau Point. These walks provided some truly breath-taking sunrises and sunsets and unexpected encounters with seals, dolphins and whales.
I am grateful to the Board, Ray and Anna, and the Ministry for making it possible for me to take a term’s leave. I read a great deal while I was away, not only professional reading but also lots of fiction. Having an extended period of time to do this was such a luxury.
I began my sabbatical completing the strategic leadership programme I had started early in 2018. It was great to be able to dedicate some concentrated time to working on the school’s strategic goals for the immediate future, which I could share with the Board before the school year ended. I also took time to focus on wellbeing, a strategic focus for the school during 2018. My reading and meetings with people working in this area have raised more questions than they have answered!
I am looking forward to returning to school this coming term. It will be great to have Katie returning from maternity leave and to have Natasha join the staff team. Our third term school production will without a doubt be a highlight of the year.
Please feel free to email me, call in, or make a time to meet with me if you would like to share your thoughts about how you or your child are experiencing the learning opportunities here at Te Aro School.