I was raised in Christchurch in a family which values humour, individuality, generosity, creativity and achievement. Our parents encouraged their children to be ‘free souls’. They tried not to manipulate, but to keep a watchful eye on our development. They wanted us to be ‘good people’ and to grow up without bias towards others; without bias of race or creed, of abilities or disabilities, of wealth or poverty. As a family we remain very close.
At Hillmorton we are working hard to create a real sense of community where diversity is valued. This teaches our young people to be tolerant of, to enjoy and even celebrate, our differences. It is these differences that make Hillmorton High School such a vibrant and exciting school, and a wonderful place at which to work and study. As Principal, I value the following: optimism, honesty, integrity and loyalty, tolerance for, and the celebration of difference, the pursuit of excellence and the firm belief that schools and, indeed, life should be full of fun, vitality and challenge.I also believe in setting high standards for myself, our students, and for those with whom I work.
I believe in consultation, but not to the extent that nothing gets done. Harnessing the abilities, strengths and knowledge of our staff, students, parents and our community will lead to success for our students.