New principal settles into school role

SELINA POWELL
Last updated 10:11 19/02/2014

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Hutt International Boys' School has a new principal. Mike Hutchins took up the role at the end of January and his appointment was formally recognised on Monday with a haka and speeches at the school.

Mr Hutchins said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading Hutt International Boys' School.

"As a school we're achieving quite highly in a lot of areas.

"For me, it's about taking on that momentum and looking for ways we can continue to improve and develop."

Former principal Grahame Duffy announced his resignation last September and finished up in the job in December.

Mr Hutchins was the director of curriculum and assistant principal at Hutt International Boys' School before his appointment.

He said being a principal had never been an ambition of his because he enjoyed being in the classroom and teaching.

However, when the job came up he decided to apply.

"I knew the staff and I knew the boys. I thought I may as well put my hat in the ring."

Mr Hutchins grew up in Naenae and his first job was as a maths teacher at Naenae College.

He taught at schools in Taupo, Queenstown and Rarotonga before moving to Hutt International Boys' School in 1998.

Mr Hutchins said the best praise he got in his job was when parents came to him and told him how much their son loved coming to school.

"A school is struggling to get a better compliment than that."

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