From the Principal's desk...
Ngā mihi tino nui ki a koutou katoa! A very warm welcome to Karori West Normal School ~ Te Kura o Waipahihi.
Ko Ngaratunua toku maunga
Ko Maruarua toku awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua toku waka
Ko Ngati Kahu o Torongare toku hapu
Ko Ngapuhi toku iwi
Ko Ngararatunua toku marae
Ko William raua ko Coral Kaire oku maatua
Ko Ken Gataulu toku tane
Ko Sharon Kaire-Gataulu ahau
What an immense privilege it is to be the principal of this wonderful school. Our students are at the heart of everything we do here and I feel truly honoured each and every day to be a part of their learning journey. Karori West Normal School is a special place because we are like an extended whānau. We strive to be a school of excellence, and we enjoy having fun. Every learner is nurtured and encouraged to develop to the best of their ability. We work hard to make our school feel welcoming for all students, their families and our local community. I am extremely passionate about inclusive education, I value diversity and I believe education should be an experience and an adventure. I pride myself on being a lifelong learner and over the years my research focus has been on how future focussed learning pedagogies, innovation and digital technologies can be used to enhance student achievement and community engagement. I am married to Ken, we have 2 adult daughters and 3 wonderful special needs grandsons who light up our lives. In my spare time I like to garden, complete puzzles and spend time with my friends and family. Fostering and developing home school partnerships is really important to me as whānau truly are the experts on their children and as educators we can learn so much more about our students when we all work together. 'Nāu to rourou, naku to rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your food basket and my food basket, together the people will thrive.'