Principal's message

I am honoured to be the principal of Tawa School having been here since 2007. The school is 162 years old with a rich history and a reputation for educational innovation, commitment to the arts and very child centred approaches, all of which attracted me to the school. I have been a principal since 2002, having previously been principal at Normandale School in the Hutt Valley. Prior to that I was a classroom teacher for 15 years (Brooklyn, Cashmere Avenue School, Muritai School, a year teaching in Bradford in England), then 8 years as deputy principal at Eastern Hutt School) before becoming a principal. I recently (2013) had a sabbatical year, including some research and 7 months teaching in London, which was a very valuable experience, and then travel in Europe.

My main passions as a classroom teacher were Outdoor Education / Physical Education, Social Studies and Maths. My main passions in education now are creating “enthusiasm for learning” and developing 'student centred programmes that prepare children for an exciting but unknown future. I am passionate about helping children to become independent, self motivated learners, and for schools providing a broad curriculum, plus rich, engaging programmes that include access to the technologies that the children will use in their lives beyond school. I believe strongly in inclusive schools that cater for all children and which promote tolerance.

I also like to seek to include student and community voice in school initiatives and developments. We have a supportive community, reflected in our very active and supportive Board. I am honoured to have a very talented, committed and enthusiastic staff to work with who bring out the best in their students. This all makes Tawa School a great place to work and for students to learn!

My main interests outside of school are generally sport based – particularly rugby and mountain biking, plus gardening. My wife, Gail (who is also a school principal) and I have 5 children, all now in their 20’s.

I am always happy to hear from parents – both queries and feedback, be it positive or suggestions for change, or just for a chat. Please feel free to contact me.

Ian Dewar