We have a new Principal!!
Kia ora e te whānau whanui o Rātā Kura.
This is a final update on our search for a new principal to lead Rātā Street School, with a big announcement below. As I noted in my last email, we received 11 applications for the principal role, from as far afield as Auckland. This showed a high level of interest in our school, and we had many comments about our recruitment video, with applicants noting the lovely welcoming vibe, and the sense of energy and fun.
The Principal Recruitment team interviewed three candidates, who had a range of
excellent skills and strengths. After careful deliberations, considering the applications submitted, the interviews, advice from our staff panel, and the candidates & references, the team is very pleased to announce to our school community that we have selected Hamish Regan as our new school Principal.
Hamish would like to introduce himself to you all:
Kia ora Parents/Caregivers and Whānau,
My name is Hamish Regan and I am very excited to be joining the Rātā Street School team and to have the opportunity to work alongside the amazing school and wider community to grow and inspire our tamariki to be the very best that they can be. I grew up in Maungaraki and have lived in the Hutt Valley for most of my life. I have been teaching for 21 years and have taught Years 1-6 in a variety of schools and settings in New Zealand and England. I have been part of the Senior Leadership Team at Gracefield School since 2014 and have been Deputy Principal since 2017.
I am married to Gabi and we have two primary school-aged children, Hazel and Harper.
As a leader I am driven to inspire a love of learning in all children and I do this by ensuring learning programmes meet their social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic needs. I actively encourage students to do their very best by striving for excellence, seizing opportunities and by valuing themselves and each other. For me, a caring community is one that thrives!
One of the first things I shared with the Board and panel at my interview was something
that grounds me as a person and motivates me every single day:
Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa - The child - the heart of the matter