As Deputy Principal my primary role is to ensure that the New Zealand curriculum is delivered to students at Orewa College
As Deputy Principal my primary role is to ensure that the New Zealand curriculum is delivered to students at Orewa College. I also oversee the sports department and work with teachers, deans and staff to support our students from intermediate and through to their NCEA qualifications. I have been teaching since 2008, having been trained in the United Kingdom, and spent 11 years at Westlake Boys High School first as an English teacher and then as Assistant Head of Department and as a dean. Prior to this I worked in both public and private sectors in the UK.
I am passionate about ensuring that the curriculum is delivered to students in an innovative and future-focused manner, and that our young people are given the opportunities to become creative, inquisitive and open minded. I also see literacy skills, and the ability to communicate effectively, as key to their success.
I am excited about the opportunity to be part of the Orewa College community and working with our dedicated staff to ensure that our akonga are supported fully on their journey through their education.
Throughout my 25 years of teaching I have learnt that the most important thing in the world is people, people, people (He tangata, he tangata, he tangata).
Throughout my 25 years of teaching I have learnt that the most important thing in the world is people, people, people (He tangata, he tangata, he tangata). As Deputy Principal my goal is to build authentic relationships with students, parents and staff. My main role is to ensure learning pathways and assessments are future focussed and have a real world connection.
I am originally from South Africa where I taught for 4 years before my wife and I immigrated to NZ in 2001. My background in Track and Field taught me that success requires discipline, resilience, drive and a growth mindset.
I am very excited to be part of the Orewa College family and to support our students, parents and staff so they feel valued and have a sense of belonging.
As the Associate Principal I have a wide range of responsibilities but predominantly I work with teams that support students.
Ko Anna Kenny taku ingoa. As the Associate Principal I have a wide range of responsibilities but predominantly I work with teams that support students’ achievement through school wide Student Well-Being and Support. It is a privilege to work with teams of people such as Deans, Guidance Counsellors, Student Support, Outside Agencies, along side parents, staff and students to create a strong well being environment for our students and their successes. I have a particular interest and passion for seeing students participate in performance through the Performing Arts Programme and I am the TIC in charge of Basketball.
Mr Pierce has taught and been an educational leader in a wide range of schools, in New Zealand and in England, over a 30-year period. He has been in six different successful senior leadership teams.
Student achievement and holistic outcomes improved in each of these situations. This diverse leadership experience has greatly developed his capacity as an educational leader to effect and sustain whole school improvements. Mr Pierce believes that principals are privileged to be the professional custodians of schools and it is essential that during their period of leadership that innovative and sustainable whole school practices are constantly being focused on, in order to drive improvements and learning outcomes for both students and staff.
I am privileged to have been appointed as Principal of Orewa College and look forward to further enhancing the college's outstanding reputation. My goal is to quickly become involved in the Orewa community and to further develop a supportive and engaging learning environment at Orewa College, which enables both staff and students to perform to their potential in all aspects of school life.
I have been teaching since 2003 and came into teaching after being a computer engineer for five years.
I have been teaching since 2003 and came into teaching after being a computer engineer for five years. I teach programming and robotics and used to be the head of technology at the college. Now a deputy principal, I am in charge of how the school approaches learning for both students and teachers. This includes looking after classroom pedagogy and professional development. I also look after the colleges direction in regards to the use of ICT and have been recognised as an online writer in this field, doing conference speaking and training in a number of countries. I really enjoy my job as I work with teachers and students to improve classroom activity, making it as relevant to 21st-century developments as we can. I am originally from England and arrived with my family in 2006 and we have loved every moment of it.