Spring Creek principal to maintain direction

22:07, May 28 2014

The new principal at Spring Creek Primary School is new to the role, but not to the school.

Phillipa Grey has been teaching at the school for the last 12 years and is proud to be the school's principal.

She started at the school in a part time role as the principal release teacher in the senior room and after a year she was asked to be the senior class teacher full time.

She has since taught the junior room for a year and has been the deputy principal at the school for eight years.

"Our family moved to Spring Creek for the lifestyle and loved the school and the community. I am honoured to continue growing the school and keeping it at the heart of the community," she said.

She decided to apply for the role after Andrew McFarlane accepted the principal role at Kelburn Normal School in Wellington this year.


"Parents and teachers all asked if I had applied and I didn't want the direction we were moving in as a school to change, so I applied," she said.

She was very grateful for the support from the community and staff and very surprised by the amount of support from principals in the Marlborough region. She received calls offering help and support from day one, she said.

The school roll had grown from 30 to 36 so far this year and she hoped the growth would continue .

Spring Creek School is the only accredited Cornerstone Values school in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast region.

Grey is proud of this and planned to continue not just teaching students academically, but helping them grow as individuals and members of a community too.

"Our school is at the heart of our community," she said. germari.herselman@mex.co.nz