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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

As we approach the end of the year we are busy organising our staffing for 2018. It is also the time for some staff to decide to reassess their life priorities and or take up opportunities offered to them. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions that I announce the following staff who will be leaving CPDS at the end of the year.

Even though it is bittersweet, I am very proud to announce that Alicia Whata has been successful in securing her own school and she will be taking up the position of Principal at Grey Lynn School starting Term 1 2018.  Alicia has left her mark on our school in a number of areas during her time here i.e. working with staff through changes to the National Curriculum, helping introduce the National Standards, implementing the strategic direction for our school, as part of the leadershiup team, as well as building our Kapa Haka groups and embedding a ‘Maori Success Plan’ for our school.  It is always a fantastic reflection on the calibre of our staff and school when staff are successful in achieving promotion and I know that Alicia has been ready for the challenge of her own school for a while now. Alicia has been at CPDS for the past 10 years as an Associate Principal and I know she will be missed by both staff and community, however, I am sure that you will join us in celebrating her success and wishing her all the best for her new endeavour.   We will be advertising this very important position ASAP.

Erica MacKenzie-Browne (Rm 17) will also be changing her position with us at the end of the year.  Erica has decided it is time to step back from full-time work and to have more of a work/life balance.  Therefore, she has resigned from her full-time position and will be returning in a part-time capacity next year.  Erica has been teaching at CPDS for the past 19 years and has touched the lives of many of our pupils during that time.

Chris Porteous (Rm 28) will also be leaving us at the end of the year.  When Chris joined us four years ago he was already a trained councellor and this has remained a real passion for him.  I am pleased to announce that Chris has been successful in securing a school counsellor position at Auckland Grammar next year, so no doubt many of our boys will be lucky enough to encounter him again in their school future. Chris is also expecting a new addition to his family (a baby girl) in the next few weeks, so we wish him and his wife Ele all the best for all the wonderful changes in their immediate future.

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