Myross Bush School takes to social media looking for new deputy principal

Myross Bush School principal Jamin Lietze with star of the video Flynn McGregor, 5, standing, and the rest of his class. ...
Robyn Edie

Myross Bush School principal Jamin Lietze with star of the video Flynn McGregor, 5, standing, and the rest of his class. The school made a video advertising a vacancy for a new deputy principal at the school and put it on Facebook.

A small Southland primary school has taken a novel approach to recruiting a deputy principal.

Myross Bush School, on the outskirts of Invercargill, is looking for a new deputy principal.

The school has created a video, starring some of the school's pupils, sharing what the youngsters were looking for.

The story, which was posted on the school's Facebook page, has had more than 4000 views.

On the children's wishlist is someone who loves children, can lead the school in literacy and has high emotional intelligence.

The stars of the video are the youngsters themselves - through the 38-second clip they try to convince applicants to give their school a go, with one cheekily telling potential applicants "you'll have to be quick".

 

School principal Jamin Lietze said the video outlined the school's values.

He was "stoked" with the response the video had received and hoped the traffic would help the right person see it, Lietze said.

"We are looking for a special person for a special place."

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The school wanted someone able to put themselves in other people shoes and understand all ages, be sensitive to junior-level students and their parents and work in with the school's learner agency, which meant understanding a student-led learning environment, he said.

"A key leader needs those values."

The school opted to advertise the position on Facebook because social media was so popular, and the message could be spread quickly and cheaply, he said.

The positions opened up after two recent promotions of the previous two deputy principals.

Evelyn Aurik was promoted to associate principal at Shotover School in Queenstown in mid-term one last year.

Then her replacement, Rachel Peters was promoted to principal of Mossburn School after just six months at Myross Bush.

Lietze said he was proud of his staff's promotions.

"We grow staff as well as kids," he said.

The video had caught the interest of "a few" applicants but Lietze was tight-lipped on the exact number of people who had put their names forward.

Applications for the deputy principal position close on February 22.

The school was also looking for someone to fill a teacher's position. Someone with strengths in arts and IT was preferred, he said.

 - Stuff

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