New principal for merged schools

03:29, Aug 15 2012
Jeanette De La Mare
MERGED OUT: Principal of Miramar South School Jeanette De La Mare.

Neither of the principals from two merging Wellington primary schools will lead the replacement school.

Miramar South School and Strathmore Community School will close at the end of the year, to be replaced by a yet-to-be-named school that will open in 2013 on the Strathmore site.

Chair of the new school Board of Trustees, Wayne Lowther, said there were 146 students on the roll already, and they had been assigned Education Ministry funding for 7.2 staff, including the principal.

The school to open on the Strathmore site would be brought up to ''21st century classroom'' standard, he said.

The board hoped to have a new school name in place in the next couple of weeks, but securing its principal was priority. It would be announced shortly.

"The principals of both schools have done outstanding work over the years and it is my biggest regret that they will stand down at the end of the year."

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Jeanette De La Mare has been Miramar South School principal since September 1993 and had overseen many significant changes during that time, he said.

"Jeanette is a superb principal and leader that the Miramar South school community will always be proud of. We will miss her and her vast knowledge of education immeasurably."

Pele Tui was appointed Strathmore Community School principal in September 2007. When she started, the school roll was in decline and morale was at an all time low, he said.

Mrs Tui transformed the school into a vibrant and growing place, doubling the roll.

"Pele deserves our praise and acknowledgement for her dedication and excellent work at Strathmore Community School. She is a very talented principal and will be dearly missed.''

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