Kia ora tātou,

Rāroa is a wonderful school and I love being the Principal here. I entered the role at Rāroa last year and, I can honestly say, that the prospect of overseeing the school’s response to a global pandemic was definitely daunting. However, while Covid has presented considerable challenges, I feel fortunate and grateful to be serving the school. The way in which our teachers and our community are working together for the best interests of our students is admirable and brings me great pride.

Challenges can bring out the best in people and this is certainly the case at Rāroa. We are supporting each other through the changing parameters and conditions.

One of the ‘skills’ we teach and encourage here at Rāroa is ‘agility and adaptability’; being able to think, be flexible, change and use a variety of tools to solve new problems as well as being able to manage unpredictability. This couldn’t be more evident and relevant in the current environment and highlights why essential skill development is so important in education.

Whilst busy, I am still getting around the classes. Visits bring me great joy and it was nice to capture Pina and Niamh (as photographed) fully absorbed in their work. This focus and engagement is an example of what I see across the school. 

For all those who are at home isolating or recovering, we miss you, send our best wishes and look forward to seeing you soon. 

Ngā mihi nui

Stephen Eames

Tumuaki / Principal