New principal for Wairoa College

NEW PRINCIPAL: Jo Vennell will take on the role of Wairoa College principal at the beginning of the new school year. Wairoa Star picture

WAIROA College’s first female principal has been appointed. Jo Vennell will take up the top spot at the start of the new 2018 school year. She comes to Wairoa from Napier Girls’ High School where she was deputy principal.

Mrs Vennell will move to Wairoa with her husband Myles and six children ranging in age from seven to 21.

Originally from Christchurch, Mrs Vennell completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Management at Lincoln University and after a stint in retail management moved to Hawke’s Bay where her husband is from.

Mrs Vennell completed her teacher training at Massey University and her first teaching position was at Hastings Girls’ High School where she taught maths and economics.

She began at Napier Girls’ High School as a maths teacher and has worked her way up into her most recent position as deputy principal.

Mrs Vennell is excited about the move to Wairoa and her new role, which she says is one she is ready for.

She already has a connection with the area with her husband’s grandparents, the late Iza and Ray Stephenson, from Wairoa.

The Vennells regularly holiday at their family bach at Mahanga.

Mrs Vennell is looking forward to the opportunity to add value to the college.

“When I first looked around the school I felt a really nice vibe, the kids were friendly, and I felt comfortable.”

Role models for girls

Mrs Vennell says it is great for girls to have good role models, and especially role models who are raising families.

“At the moment I am in a learning and listening role. It’s about meeting people, and building relationships with staff and the community.”

Mrs Vennell believes strong values make a good school.

“Where you have strong values you also have high quality teaching and learning taking place.

“Good education is important as well as developing young people who are respectful, responsible and empathetic.

“A good school is about producing well educated people who leave school with a range of opportunities ahead of them.”

Mrs Vennell and her family plan to holiday at Mahanga before moving into the principal’s house over January.

“I am really looking forward to this role. I am excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to the challenge.”

College board of trustees chairwoman Angela Culshaw-Kaisa is thrilled to confirm the appointment of Jo Vennell, saying she will bring a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge to the college.

A formal powhiri for Mrs Vennell will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 9am at the college and the school invites the whole community to attend.

The college has been without a permanent principal since the shock resignation of Dr Chris Allen in June. A recruitment process has been ongoing since then with Robert (Milky) Hamblyn assuming the interim principal role.

— Wairoa Star

WAIROA College’s first female principal has been appointed. Jo Vennell will take up the top spot at the start of the new 2018 school year. She comes to Wairoa from Napier Girls’ High School where she was deputy principal.

Mrs Vennell will move to Wairoa with her husband Myles and six children ranging in age from seven to 21.

Originally from Christchurch, Mrs Vennell completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Management at Lincoln University and after a stint in retail management moved to Hawke’s Bay where her husband is from.

Mrs Vennell completed her teacher training at Massey University and her first teaching position was at Hastings Girls’ High School where she taught maths and economics.

She began at Napier Girls’ High School as a maths teacher and has worked her way up into her most recent position as deputy principal.

Mrs Vennell is excited about the move to Wairoa and her new role, which she says is one she is ready for.

She already has a connection with the area with her husband’s grandparents, the late Iza and Ray Stephenson, from Wairoa.

The Vennells regularly holiday at their family bach at Mahanga.

Mrs Vennell is looking forward to the opportunity to add value to the college.

“When I first looked around the school I felt a really nice vibe, the kids were friendly, and I felt comfortable.”

Role models for girls

Mrs Vennell says it is great for girls to have good role models, and especially role models who are raising families.

“At the moment I am in a learning and listening role. It’s about meeting people, and building relationships with staff and the community.”

Mrs Vennell believes strong values make a good school.

“Where you have strong values you also have high quality teaching and learning taking place.

“Good education is important as well as developing young people who are respectful, responsible and empathetic.

“A good school is about producing well educated people who leave school with a range of opportunities ahead of them.”

Mrs Vennell and her family plan to holiday at Mahanga before moving into the principal’s house over January.

“I am really looking forward to this role. I am excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to the challenge.”

College board of trustees chairwoman Angela Culshaw-Kaisa is thrilled to confirm the appointment of Jo Vennell, saying she will bring a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge to the college.

A formal powhiri for Mrs Vennell will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 9am at the college and the school invites the whole community to attend.

The college has been without a permanent principal since the shock resignation of Dr Chris Allen in June. A recruitment process has been ongoing since then with Robert (Milky) Hamblyn assuming the interim principal role.

— Wairoa Star

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Rangimarama Maehe-Marsh - 6 months ago
So good to see, congrats Jo - fantastic. That your husband is from there adds love and value.
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