Tena Koutou, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e Lelei, Namaste, Ni Hao,
Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Greetings
My own time at Matipo Primary has just begun. I have been overwhelmed by so much warmth and friendliness from everyone. Thank you to parents, trustees, staff and especially our wonderful students. It is the happiest and most exciting school I have ever had the honour to work in – and that’s saying something!
I feel very lucky to be the Principal of such a great community school. Everywhere I look I see creativity, friendliness, energy and enthusiasm. Above all I can see that our parents and families always step forward to support the school and to be a part of their child’s learning life. I welcome you into our school and into our learning community. I am easy to find and easy to talk to.
We will nurture and respect everything that is already so wonderful about Matipo. We have a great record of exceptional learning achievement , especially in literacy and maths. That will not change, nor will the E.O.T.C. (Education Outside the Classroom), music, performance, arts and sports programmes that make it such a vibrant school.
But we will always strive to make it better. We will work in partnership with our parents to develop a safe digital learning culture. The Board is planning a significant programme of investment in information technology over the next three years. I.T. will remain the powerful servant of learning it should be, rather than becoming the master.
Our school design does not lend itself to ‘Modern Learning Environments’ and the single cell nature of the classrooms will not change. But ‘best practice’ teaching based on collaboration, helpful assessment and high-trust partnership with parents is at the heart of all we do. To be truly powerful, this has to be informed by the best current research and current expertise, so our teachers and leaders participate in and lead ongoing professional development, at local Universities and elsewhere.
I know that every child is different, and every child is special. I have learned to work as part of a team with teachers, with parents and especially with students. I believe that is the mark of a great school.
Ngā mihi nui,
Paul Wright B.A.Hons (Wales), M.Ed.Hons (Waikato), P.G.C.E. (Exon), P.G.Cert.Ed. (Auckland)