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New principal brings fresh ideas to Linden School

Apr 14th, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, Uncategorized

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THE new principal of Linden School is looking to bring the experience and cultural awareness gained at a nearby Porirua East school to her new job.

Gaylene Hill took up the top job at Linden Primary at the start of the school year, having moved from Glenview Primary, where she has been principal for the past four and a half years.

Linden is a decile four school with a roll of just over 200 students from many different cultures.

Glenview is a much smaller school, rated decile two with a roll of around 80 students.

Gaylene Hill believes in observing a school to see how it works before making any changes.

“My philosophy is that you don’t make any big changes to start with, that’s undermining for everyone that has been here,” she says.

She believes in preserving the mana of a place and is taking what she learned at Glenview and putting it into practice at Linden.

“I’m very into not taking anyone’s mana away by saying what they’ve done is wrong,” she says.

Before she starts work in the morning Gaylene Hill finds as many staff and students as she can to praise for the good things she sees happening around the school.

She uses this as a way to improve the school community and build a healthy relationship with both the staff and students.

Linden Primary will undergo an ERO review in a few weeks and the principal sees this as a great
opportunity to make the school stronger.

“The staff have come together and we have gone over our strengths and what needs to be worked on, and they hope to work with ERO to improve the school,” Gaylene Hill says.

Linden school runs school-wide kapa haka and Polynesian club programs, as well as having a kapa haka extension group to perform Powhiri for the school.

All the children at Linden have the choice to opt into either program, regardless of whether they are of Māori or of Pacific descent.

Gaylene Hill is pleased with the progress that has been made towards enriching the Māori and Pacific cultures at her school and is hoping to begin programs for other cultures In the future.

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