This is my final opportunity to write in our newsletter.
Today marks the end of my thirteenth year as Principal at Linton Camp School. It represents more than a quarter of my working life and is the longest I have worked in one place. I estimate I have driven up to school around 2000 times!!
I came here with one thing in mind - to focus on the learning of our students. It has remained the main thing I have paid attention to every day.
This is a unique school in New Zealand education. Few schools sit beside a big employer like we do and even fewer are beside a NZDF base. I have always viewed our uniqueness as an asset. To illustrate, our school has access to an outstanding swimming pool and a top quality library. Other schools are very envious of this.
Another thing I have concentrated on is employing the best available teachers and support staff. Great staff deliver great programmes and support our students in amazing ways. We have and have had amazing staff, many who have gone way over and above to meet the needs and interests of our students.
It isn’t easy leading between 130-160 people every day. We are all human and things happen - relationships stretch and break, information and misinformation abound. I haven’t always got it right, but I have worked hard everyday to ensure the right conditions exist for everyone to be successful.
It has been a privilege to be Principal here at Linton Camp School. I have met and worked with some amazing people. I wish you all the very best for the future. I will watch with great interest from afar how things are going and I expect we might see each other from time to time around.