Taradale High School students farewelled their long-serving principal, Stephen Hensman, at an emotional final assembly and with a powerful haka on Friday.
Hensman leaves the school after 13 years to become an independent educational consultant and will be replaced by David Oliver, currently deputy principal of Pakuranga College in Auckland.
Hensman said he would miss “this large, rambling family of a school – it is special to me beyond words”.
He said duty of care to students, staff and to learning were vital for a principal to stay in the job, and he felt himself wanting to slow down.
Photo: Taradale High School principal Stephen Hensman with wife Deidre during his farewell. Photo / Warren Buckland
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Posted: 18 April 2019