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Principal proud of achievements during first year in the job

Apr 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, Uncategorized

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THE thumbs up from parents following months of rejuvenation and change at Newtown School, and the principal couldn’t be prouder.

Mark Brown has been in the top job for just over a year, and says the changes are around community and diversity, which he sees as a key part of the learning process.

The main block at Newtown School was condemned in 2012 after failing to meet new earthquake standards.

Mark Brown says this has created a new opportunity in terms of positive learning environments.

He says they incorporated cultural design into the new building to diversify and showcase the school to the community.

The principal is proud that he gets to lead the school during the rebuild saying it gives them a chance to take another look at what they are doing for their families, students and the community.

Over 50 ethnic groups make up the  roll at Newtown School.

“It’s about how our school celebrates and acknowledges each of these communities,” he says.

In the last 12 months the principal has already made an impact in this area with the schools Kapa Haka group opening the popular Newtown Festival a few weeks ago.

Mark Brown says the home and school relationship is also vital in a modern learning environment.

Mutukaroa is a programe the school uses to connect home and school,  and the school is also committing money and staff to actively engage parents.

“We are accountable for the well being of the kids, so they succeed,” Mark says.

“Academics is just one way you know you are succeeding, good friends, creativity and willing to get involved is outstanding as well”

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