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Fresh challenge . . . Gore High School teacher Aimee Ross packs up her teaching resources as she gets ready to take up a new position at St Oran?s College in Wellington at the start of the school year. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

This year will be a year of firsts for Gore secondary teacher Aimee Ross, who is taking up a new teaching position at St Oran’s College in Lower Hutt.

The economics and junior mathematics teacher has been at Gore High School since her first year of teaching in 2011.

She was also educated at the school.

Miss Ross said she was “excited and also a bit scared” to be leaving Gore.

“Moving away –  I don’t know anyone in Wellington.

“My family’s down here, all my friends are down here.”

The position was one of five she had been accepted for, including ones in Timaru and Kaiapoi.

“I turned down four jobs before this, so it wasn’t like it was a light decision to make.”

The furthest north she had lived was in Dunedin, where she went to university.

“I’ve lived in Dunedin, I lived in Invercargill when I was doing teachers college  . . . and back here.”

St Oran’s is a decile 10 school for girls from years 7 to 13.

“It’s quite hard to get into the school . . . I got told they have a 180 students apply to get into the school in year 7 and they only take 93 of them.

“Bit of a different school to Gore High.”

When she came to teach at Gore High “it was kind of scary coming back and teaching with some of the teachers that taught you and it was really weird calling teachers by their first name that taught you.”

She had appreciated being able to learn from them as a beginning teacher.

“It was also pretty cool ’cause I had really good teachers at school.”

However, she was looking forward to the new challenge.

“I’ve only ever known Gore High, so it’s going to be a good change to see how a different school runs.”

Along with economics she would be teaching business studies at at St Oran’s.

“It’s developing my own teaching practice, like getting to teach subjects that I can’t teach here.”

A keen Ex High netballer, she planned to find a new team to play for and hoped to continue coaching netball.

She coached the Gore High A team with Krista Marsh after the team could not find a coach.

“I never planned on coaching senior A  – it just happened.”