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Principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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KAYE BRUNTON who spent five years advising other people on running a school is now running her own.

The new principal of Porirua’s Ngati Toa Primary School gets to walk the talk, and is hoping to make a huge impact on the school’s success.

Kaye, right, who took up the reins in October says she’s happy to be sitting on the other side of the fence now.

“I had a lot in my head around how the job should be and how the job should look, I just actually hadn’t done it, which is what brought me to the school,” she says.

The principal is embracing technology as a learning tool for her students.

“Our year four class is going to become a digitised class where the children will largely work with their devices rather than with books and pens,” she says.

Kaye Brunton says they’ve been preparing this term by getting the kids learning about email, google docs, and how to share their work, as well as how to be cyber safe.

Ngati Toa is also facing another challenge.

The school recently had its decile rating raised from two to four, and the board of trustees is planning to appeal the decision because they say it’s not a true representation of their school community.

“We’re not hopeful really that there’s going to be much of a change but we’re appealing it because we felt we probably would go up, but not as significantly as we did,” she says.

A rise in decile rating means a loss of some government funding which will force them to look at alternative funding options.

The appeal will go through at the end of the month after they have collected the information they need from student’s families.

Meanwhile it’s business as usual, and the school has plans to visit Takapuwahia Marae at the end of the month to give the students an understanding of where the name of their school comes from, and an insight of the history of Ngati Toa and its community.

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