Powhiri for foundation principal of new junior high

WARM WELCOME: New principal of Turanga Tangata, Teresa Scott was welcomed at a powhiri yesterday. She is pictured here with the school’s establishment board of trustees, from left, Karen Johansen, Erina Hurihanganui, Te Urikoie Biddle, Joelene Takai (chairperson), Janelle Te Rauna-Lamont, Teresa Scott (tumuaki hou/principal), Phyllis Rickard, Sharon Maynard (CEO Turanga Ararau), Anthony Karauria and Huia Pihema. Picture by Liam Clayton

After a rigorous and extensive recruitment process, Teresa Scott has been appointed principal of Gisborne’s new state-integrated school, Turanga Tangata Rite.

The former princpal of Cobham School was welcomed at a powhiri yesterday and said she was looking forward to being part of the new education initiative which has a focus on iwi-centric learning.

“We warmly welcome her to this position,” said Joelene Takai, chairperson of the Turanga Tangata Rite Establishment Board.

“Mrs Scott brings extensive educational experience, a strong interest in student well-being and whanau engagement in the tauira education journey.”

In her role as the principal at Cobham School, Mrs Scott had developed, implemented and evaluated new initiatives and programmes which had resulted in improved student progress, increased attendance rates and raised the overall profile of the school, Mrs Takai said.

“It will be both an honour and a privilege to lead Turanga Tangata Rite, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to be successful is a challenge I relish,” said Mrs Scott.

“The Turanga Tangata Rite vision, philosophy and values resonate with me and I will make a commitment to champion embedding in the very fabric of our new school.

“I am excited to play my part in laying the foundations for a kaupapa aimed at supporting the needs of Maori learners.”

Mrs Takai said, “Teresa won the appointment panel over for being a passionate educator, leader, strategic thinker and innovator.”

“We believe she will set a great standard for the guiding principles of Turanga Tangata Rite.

“We look forward to Mrs Scott commencing employment in July and the opportunity to introduce her in person to our community.”

With a starting roll of 46 and a maximum of 56, Turanga Tangata Rite will provide an alternative education option for rangatahi in Years 9 to 11 who are not engaging in compulsory secondary schooling.

Mrs Scott is completing a Masters in Contemporary Education this year which she is doing through The Mind Lab.

She said Turanga Tangata Rite will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and the curriculum will support the community through inquiry-based learning and hands-on experiences.

The new school will be built at Turanga Ararau’s site at the corner of Kahutia and Bright streets. Some existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the building and a temporary space (also on the site) will be erected while the main school is being built.

It would be a modern space for collaborative learning said Mrs Scott, who officially begins the new job on July 22.

The school will have a decile 3 rating at the outset and this will be re-assessed once it is up and running.

Turanga Tangata Rite is funded by the Ministry of Education which approved the school’s application last September.

After a rigorous and extensive recruitment process, Teresa Scott has been appointed principal of Gisborne’s new state-integrated school, Turanga Tangata Rite.

The former princpal of Cobham School was welcomed at a powhiri yesterday and said she was looking forward to being part of the new education initiative which has a focus on iwi-centric learning.

“We warmly welcome her to this position,” said Joelene Takai, chairperson of the Turanga Tangata Rite Establishment Board.

“Mrs Scott brings extensive educational experience, a strong interest in student well-being and whanau engagement in the tauira education journey.”

In her role as the principal at Cobham School, Mrs Scott had developed, implemented and evaluated new initiatives and programmes which had resulted in improved student progress, increased attendance rates and raised the overall profile of the school, Mrs Takai said.

“It will be both an honour and a privilege to lead Turanga Tangata Rite, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to be successful is a challenge I relish,” said Mrs Scott.

“The Turanga Tangata Rite vision, philosophy and values resonate with me and I will make a commitment to champion embedding in the very fabric of our new school.

“I am excited to play my part in laying the foundations for a kaupapa aimed at supporting the needs of Maori learners.”

Mrs Takai said, “Teresa won the appointment panel over for being a passionate educator, leader, strategic thinker and innovator.”

“We believe she will set a great standard for the guiding principles of Turanga Tangata Rite.

“We look forward to Mrs Scott commencing employment in July and the opportunity to introduce her in person to our community.”

With a starting roll of 46 and a maximum of 56, Turanga Tangata Rite will provide an alternative education option for rangatahi in Years 9 to 11 who are not engaging in compulsory secondary schooling.

Mrs Scott is completing a Masters in Contemporary Education this year which she is doing through The Mind Lab.

She said Turanga Tangata Rite will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and the curriculum will support the community through inquiry-based learning and hands-on experiences.

The new school will be built at Turanga Ararau’s site at the corner of Kahutia and Bright streets. Some existing buildings will be demolished to make way for the building and a temporary space (also on the site) will be erected while the main school is being built.

It would be a modern space for collaborative learning said Mrs Scott, who officially begins the new job on July 22.

The school will have a decile 3 rating at the outset and this will be re-assessed once it is up and running.

Turanga Tangata Rite is funded by the Ministry of Education which approved the school’s application last September.

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