Kia ora, talofa lava, and welcome to Devon Intermediate School. This year I have the pleasure of filling in as the Deputy Principal at our wonderful school.
As Deputy Principal, I have many and varied responsibilities in our school. First and foremost, of these is to support the Principal, Mrs Gellen, and the Associate Principal, Mrs Young.
I am especially looking forward to the role of Attitude for Excellence coordinator and continuing my existing role of Sports coordinator!
Attitude for Excellence is all about students achieving their goals and being awarded Merits at assembly. I truly believe that it is an achievable goal for every student to be presented with at least one of their Merit badges before leaving Devon Intermediate. Presenting Attitude for Excellence Honours Awards is something that I am looking forward to in my new role. I challenge all recipients of an overall Attitude for Excellence Award to work towards their Honours – a prestigious award that requires tremendous involvement in many of the opportunities Devon offers.
Student Leadership is another area that I am very passionate about. This year I have the pleasure of mentoring our Head Students, and I am blown away by the exceptional talent and skills of this group, along with our House Captains. The Young Leaders camp to Palmerston North and attendance at the National Young Leaders Conference is a highlight I am looking forward to myself, and those students selected to attend. I am extremely excited by the leadership potential we have at Devon for this year and by the ongoing success of our Student MANA Team.
I am lucky to be able to lead many exciting sports based activities that Devon is involved in. These include big events such as the inter-school sports and the AIMS Games. I hope that this year I have the chance to be involved in the ongoing achievement of our Boys Sevens Rugby Team at this national event or even another code? For the past 3 years our Rugby 7’s team has won their division and in 2017 they won the Fairplay Award for the best team across every code – a very proud moment in our school’s history.
I believe Devon Intermediate is an exciting and special school. We recognise multiple intelligences and the ability within every student to be good at something. We enjoy celebrating students’ successes in whichever fields they may be earned. Our Enrichments give students and teachers an opportunity to ‘follow your passions’ as well as experiencing new challenges and opportunities. The work of such groups as our Graduation Ball Committee, Yearbook and SPCA Group, to mention a few, are a testimony to the wonderful talents that we have here at Devon Intermediate.
To our students and families, I welcome you to our outstanding school. I know that you will enjoy your time with us and when you leave our gates you will feel that we have helped develop a lifelong approach to learning and a passion in at least one area.