New principal has passion for area schools

New Waiau Area School principal Elizabeth Hannah.
New Waiau Area School principal Elizabeth Hannah.

A new principal has been appointed at Waiau Area School.

Elizabeth Hannah, currently deputy principal at Murchison Area School, has won the job.

The appointment comes after a turbulent few years for the Tuatapere school, which culminated in the appointment of a commissioner last year after principal Maryse Anderson-Kereti and the board of trustees resigned over staff issues.

Commissioner Chris Shaw said he was looking forward to working with Ms Hannah as she had a passion for the area school system.

"She also has extensive experience of management in both area schools and secondary schools and these qualities will form a solid base on which to build her skills as a principal.

"I am sure that she will work very effectively with the staff of Waiau Area School, and with the local community, to deliver high quality education for all our students," Mr Shaw said.

Ms Hannah said she was looking forward to the challenge of taking the step up to being principal.

Originally from Britain, Ms Hannah gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, education and religious education at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln and the Open University.

She also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) at the College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth.

A keen hiker and photographer, Ms Hannah said she was also excited about living in a beautiful place by the coast which would offer plenty of stunning scenery to hone her photography skills.

The Southland Times