Earlier this term Kristin Mason - one of our Deputy Principals - submitted her resignation effective from the end of this year. Kristin has been on maternity leave this year and has recently made the choice to fully commit the immediate future to her children and family. Kristin has worked at Waipahihi School over the past 12 years and she has been a key part of the teaching and leadership team. I first met Kristin three years ago when she flew down to Invercargill with the then Board Chairperson, Kevin Insley, and Board member, Jackie Later as part of the Principal appointment process at that time. At that time, like today, I knew that if this school had the calibre of people at it like Kristin then it was a place that I wanted to be Principal at. Her passion for this school, its children, its community and the vision that she shared with me were a testament to her commitment to this school. I highly valued her support as a leader in where our school was moving and the way that she enabled those around her to be the best they could be.
Thank you Kristin for your personal and professional support over the last three years. We look forward to celebrating with you and the community next term to acknowledge your care and commitment to the Waipahihi learning community. We love that you have committed these all so important years to your beautiful young children. When you want to come back - let me know!