Principal seeks new challenges

MEETING THE NEEDS: New Geraldine Primary School principal Andrew Leverton.
MEETING THE NEEDS: New Geraldine Primary School principal Andrew Leverton.

The new school term has brought a new principal to Geraldine Primary School.

Andrew Leverton was previously principal at Netherby Primary School in Ashburton.

However, this is his third role as a principal, after also being in charge of a two-teacher school in the Marlborough Sounds.

"I took on the role [at Geraldine] because it is a promotion, a bigger school, new challenges and bigger challenges," he said.

Leverton said his passion lies in designing school curriculum to meet the needs of the children and utilising the local resources to maximum capacity.

"Also the relationships developed with people of course. The school community and the children - that's a big part of why I love my job."

Leverton said that was the biggest challenge facing him also. Ensuring the relationships were developed properly was extremely important going forward, he said.

"Making decisions that support the staff and children in the best way possible is something I need to be aware of."

Meanwhile, Leverton does not see the upcoming election as a challenge, or the possibility of working with a changed education strategy.

He refused to show an alliance to any political party. In his mind the ability to be adapt to the ruling government's policies is part of the job.

"Look at the uproar National Standards caused a few years ago and now it is working fine. You just get on with it," he said.

Leverton was looking forward to seeking out the difference between Geraldine and Ashburton but believed there were some similarities.

"You pick things up, see what has the same synergies and make improvements where you can."

Leverton said he had played lots of sport growing up in the Bay of Plenty and was an avid rugby supporter. He still supported Bay of Plenty at a provincial level, however he is on board for the Crusaders winning the super final this coming weekend.

"My old school was beside the ground for the Mid Canterbury Hammers, so I have a special place for them also," he said.

The Timaru Herald