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Murrihy ensures Amesbury School on right track

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, Uncategorized


CHURTON Park’s Amesbury School claims to be a school of the future, with new buildings, no desks and offering what the principal says is “21st century learning”.

It’s the first new school built in Wellington in 23 years.

Rory O’Connor, founding board member says “The board of trustees wanted to make sure Amesbury School embraced 21st century learning, making full use of technology.”

He says they wanted a principal who embraced the vision and after a long search found the right person in Dr Lesley Murrihy.

Dr Murrihy [LEFT] had been teaching at the decile one  Manunui School in Taumarunui.

“As principal of Manunui School, 90% of my time was spent dealing with student behaviour,”she says.

However at Amesbury school students have a say in their education, which makes it different to other schools.

Dr Murrihy is full of praise for her staff, and says she’s really proud of them and the way they have grown and developed.

There are big plans ahead for the school in the future.

The principal says, “We’re going to have four kilowatts of solar panels and explore having a wind turbine.”

Meanwhile, the unique education offered at Amesbury attracts principals and teachers from all over the world.

“We have had lots and lots of visitors from all around New Zealand, and quite a few Chinese delegations looking around,” Dr Murrihy says.

Dr Murrihy believes that in 5 years, the school will be bursting at the seams, and will have a much higher level of  public credibility .P1030524

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