New principal for Lochiel School
Lochiel School is hoping to develop a focus on year seven and eight students with the school's new principal using his experience to achieve it.
Geoff Folster, comes to the school after six years as the head of the Southland Boys' High School year 7 and 8 junior campus and James Hargest Junior High prior to that.
"I'm really keen on working at retaining year seven and eights in this area, rather than seeing them go to town.
"I've had a lot of experience in this area and I'm really positive about what can be achieved."
He believes he's got the skills and the knowledge to support learning for that age group and wants to create a special centre of learning at Lochiel School.
"It's all about giving those students a more individual focus – developing programmes especially for them, making them feel special, giving them the same opportunities as students in town.
"It's also about ensuring they understand what's required of them when they go to high school, focusing on academic and social skills – giving them that all-round experience."
Leadership camps were another option for the future, along with the development of a sports academy.
A week into his new role, and Folster said he was enjoying being back in a co-ed environment and teaching students from year 1 to year 8.
An experienced badminton player and captain of the Southland Cricket team for 10 years, he was involved in coaching at Southland Boys' and wanted to share those skills in Central Southland as well.
"I'm keen to get involved in kids coaching. I think it's important to give back."
A born-and-bred Southlander, Folster said he was looking forward to the challenge of his new leadership role.
"I can't wait to make a difference."
- Invercargill Eye