New school principal no stranger to travelling

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A woman who has spent the majority of her teaching career in South Otago has taken over the reins at a Gore school.
Newly appointed Longford Intermediate School principal Yvonne Catherwood lives in Balclutha but travels to Gore each day.
Mrs Catherwood is no stranger to travelling to work – she was Otama School principal before taking up the Gore position.
Previously, she was sole charge principal at Tahakopa School in the Catlins, which also involved a commute, she said.
Travelling did not bother her, as it provided time to think.
Living in another district meant she had to be prepared to spend time out of school in the Gore area connecting with the community, she said.
That was not a problem as her children were now adults.
Mrs Catherwood started her teaching career in Kerikeri in 1989.
She moved south in 1991.
After moving south she met and married Michael and the family settled in South Otago, she said.
Her new position appealed because she had always had“always loved” intermediate schools.
Longford had a reputation for being open to “new learning”, she said.
Further plans were being developed for new ideas to be implemented at the school.
The school was investigating ways of helping pupils manage their own learning better, she said.
Encouraging connectivity with other pupils and the wider community was also on the list.
As well as having a new principal Longford also had three new teachers, she aid.
The school had 191 pupils and 12 teachers, which was on par with other years.
Mrs Catherwood paid tribute to the school’s Pride initiative, which involved a pupil being rewarded each week for upholding the school’s values of perseverance, resilience, integrity, diversity and excellence.
“These students at Longford have a really strong connection with their values,” she said.