In your own words: stories from school leaders

In this section school leaders from throughout New Zealand give their perspectives on leadership.

Becoming a principal and making a difference

by Louise Anaru

Louise Anaru, principal of Flaxmere College in Hastings, writes about her journey to becoming a principal, her own learning, the importance of mentors and the moral imperative to achieve equity for her students that underpins her leadership practice.

Reflections from a first-time principal

by Juliette Hayes

Juliette Hayes reflects on her first year as principal in rural South Canterbury, having moved there from a deputy principal's position in Hamilton.

Preparing for principalship: a personal story

by Lisa Morresey

Lisa Morresey moved mid-year from her deputy principal position in Hamilton to become principal at Mt Maunganui Intermediate School. She writes about how regional and national programmes helped her prepare for principalship.

Hamish Ruawai: leading learning

by Hamish Ruawai

For Māori students to be effective learners they need effective relationships with people who are teaching them. This knowledge influences how Hamish Ruawai and his team work at Kaikohe West School.

Applying the leadership BES at Papatoetoe Intermediate

by Brian Hinchco

Brian Hinchco and senior staff at Papatoetoe Intermediate began trialling a change in their management structure, based on the research findings in School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why. Brian explains the thinking behind the change.

Tamaki Primary: turnaround school

by Corinne Hansell

With her staff, board and community Corinne Hansell is providing leadership that is turning Tamaki Primary School around. This is their story.

Fiona Dwyer: Taihape principals’ cluster

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Fiona Dwyer, Chair of the Taihape Principals’ Cluster, talks about how the principals work together to enhance their own practice, and how Kiwi Leadership for Principals (KLP) shaped their learning.

Kaitao Intermediate: engagement through e-learning

by Rory O'Rourke

Experienced principal Rory O’Rourke talks about the decisions Kaitao Intermediate School staff made in 2012 around moving to an academy structure and to e-learning using one-to-one computing.

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