Just over a year ago I was appointed as Principal at this wonderful school and came to live in the Bay of Plenty. The year has flown by and has certainly brought its challenges, but most of all it has brought fun, laughter and the opportunity to meet, and get to know, some amazing people and fantastic children.
At the end of 2021, we celebrated the many achievements that have been made academically, in the sports arena and culturally. The students of Otamarakau School have worked with determination and drive and have been rewarded for their efforts, raising bar much higher than before. Huge improvements have been made and I am very proud of our tamariki and teachers for doing so well.
Improvements and growth don’t just mysteriously happen and I would like to thank our team for their contributions. I thank the Board for guiding the waka and for providing me with professional support. I also acknowledge our superb teaching and non-teaching staff who work tirelessly to provide the best education and environment for our children. These amazing people go above and beyond any staff I have ever worked with in my 28 years of teaching and it is because of them that this school is a happy and safe place to be. I thank our whanau and the wider community, including our iwi leaders and Ngāti Makino, for the ongoing support that is given freely and warmly to help our tamariki on their journey of success.
And lastly, I thank our tamariki, from our 5 year olds to our school leavers, for giving us all a reason to smile, work hard and do our very best.
Let's go 2022!