Introduction from Mr Sandy Stirling

Taloha ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Manh Goi, Sawat Dee, Salamoahlakom, Kumusta, Assalamu Alaikum, Nabad, Ni sa bula, Talofa lava, Kia ora, Kia orana, Hello and “Gidday”.


I am thrilled to be able to introduce myself to you.  I am Sandy Stirling and it is a privilege to be able to say I am your new school Principal.  I am so excited to get started and get to know you all.  As a way of introducing myself to you I would like to share with you some information about me.


I am originally from England and have lived in New Zealand for almost 20 years.  My wife Sarah and I, along with our four children, lived in Auckland for many years before moving away in 2016.  For the past 4 years we have been based in the small town of Te Aroha where I was the Principal of Elstow-Waihou School, an awesome full primary school with a roll of around 150 tamariki.  I had such an incredible time at Elstow-Waihou.  As a team we achieved a great deal using learning through play and STEAM education for all children to strengthen learning outcomes for all.  It was so awesome to oversee our school growth and development and connect our school community to the fantastic learning style we developed.


2021 is going to be amazing!  I am so excited to be joining a highly successful, high achieving school.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the school staff and cannot wait to start meeting the kids.  I would like to offer a big thank you to Jennice Murray and the Don Buck School board of trustees, for the amazing support they have offered me over the last few months.  I have felt so welcome and have learnt so much already about our incredible school and community.


I truly believe a high achieving school is all about teachers, support staff, parents, family, whānau and children all working together to create amazing outcomes and memories for all our tamariki.  Please feel free to swing by the school office from next week onwards for a korero.  It will be a pleasure to meet you.


Ngā mihi nui,

Sandy Stirling