Kia ora koutou
Ko Putauaki te maunga
Ko Tarawera te awa
Ko Ngati Pakeha te iwi
Ko Bernie Blakely toku Matua
Ko Valerie Parker toku Whaea
Ko Demelza ratou ko Nadia, ko Sebastian, ko Aaron, ko Melissa, ko Natasha, Ko Zara, ko Serena oku tamariki
No Kawerau ahau
Ko Lesley toku ingoa
Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu: without feathers the bird cannot fly.
I have spent a long career as a teacher and principal, committed to a vision of education that is focused on the growth and development and empowerment of the whole child. Acquiring the skills and attributes as indicated in the curriculum is absolutely necessary, but children will not develop the rich plumage that assists them to fly with confidence into their futures without developing as empowered, whole, well-rounded people. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to have had opportunities to explore what this kind of education looks like both as the principal of a decile one school in challenging circumstances and here at Amesbury School - a very differently located school, but the same vision and mission - to ensure that students experience what it means to be fully human and continually grow their potential.
They say there is nothing as useful as a good theory. I love educational theory and philosophy. However, even more, I love working at the crossroads of theory and practice - where theory informs practice and practice informs theory. But more than all of that, I am passionate about my family of eight children, my husband, John, and the increasing number of partners and (the altogether too slowly increasing!) number of grandchildren. Together, we have spent our lives travelling from athletic tracks to muddy cross country courses and road races. Now we clock up the kilometres travelling from football field to football field as spectators, players and referees. We love sport but mostly we love time spent together.
They say that the time of life I have reached is my most productive. So in spite of the things that seem to be falling out of my brain (possessive apostrophes, correct spelling etc.) I am going for it - determined to make the most of this productive period in my life. I love educational writing and plan to do more of it. However, I also plan to cook more, eat out more, watch movies and shows, go ten pin bowling with my husband and somewhere in the not too distant future travel is looming large. I am grateful that the future is full of promise.Email: [email protected]