Friday, 2 March 2012

Rob's News

2 March 2012

From the Tūmuake-Principal

Dear Burnham Whānau,

By the time you receive this notice the staff, Board of Trustees and your child will know of my decision to move on from Te Kura o Tiori - Burnham School at the end of this term. My wife and I have decided that I need to work closer to our home in order to spend more time together, especially while our daughters, Isabella and Amelia are young. This is a family decision.

As I have found Burnham School to be a very special place, this decision has not been taken lightly. I have learned that staff at our school come here because they want to work in a challenging, supportive and fun environment. Our teaching and support team are superb and I would have either of my children in any of our classrooms. I have absolute faith in the ability of our Board of Trustees to ensure that a suitable replacement is found.

Beginning in Term 2 I will be Principal of Roydvale School in Christchurch. I am excited to be taking on this new challenge and hope that you and your child(ren) understand that it is important to strive for new challenges and achieve goals.

I ask that you support your Board of Trustees and staff during this transition. Burnham School will continue to be a unique place and a very special environment in which to learn - whether you are a student, staff member or parent.

Yours in learning,

Rob Clarke
Tūmuake - Principal

From the Board of Trustees

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

It was with regret that we received Rob’s resignation from Burnham School. Congratulation’s Rob on being appointed as the Principal at Roydvale School. We would like to wish Rob and his family all the best for the future.

The Board of Trustees have appointed Ms Sandra Keenan as Acting Principal from Term 2, 2012. Sandra has a wealth of experience and expertise that she will bring to this role. Welcome Sandra as our new Acting Principal. The Board will be appointing a replacement teacher for Room 1 in due course.

For the rest of this year, the Board will be using Lois Christmas from Lead Learning to facilitate and guide us through this important process to ensure that we find the best Principal we can. Lois is a highly regarded educational consultant who works with a number of Boards and Schools throughout Canterbury. Lois knows our school and supported us through last year’s highly successful Education Review Office review.

The Board will keep the community informed of the process as it unfolds. If you have any queries or wish to discuss this, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

On Behalf of the Board of Trustees

Jackie Freeman
BoT Chairperson


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