No desire to stay shut in office

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Coming soon...Carla Wilson will be the new principal at Tuturau School from next year.

The Tuturau Primary School board of trustees has named the school’s new principal.

Invercargill’s Carla Wilson will lead the school, which has a roll of just 30 pupils, from the beginning of next year.

Miss Wilson said she was looking forwards to working in the small school community.

“In small schools it takes a whole lot of people to get in behind it to make it hum,” Miss Wilson said.

“It definitely feels like there is a great team around Tuturau.”

It would be her first time as a principal and she was “incredibly excited”.

She was presently deputy principal at Fernworth Primary School in Invercargill.

With 12 years of experience in teaching behind her, she had taught a range of ages in a variety of roles.

“I love learning and have kept learning while teaching I have completed studies at postgraduate levels and have my master’s in counselling.”

“The best part of teaching for me is seeing kids get it .. the ‘Aa-ha’ moment.”

The lack of hours in the day and days in the week was the biggest challenge of teaching.

Rather than staying shut in an office, she wanted to be a hands-on principal.

“The best principals I had .. were in the classrooms, out on duty, doing road patrol, and they still remember your name even when you leave their school.”

Outside the classroom, she enjoyed reading, writing and spending time with her family.

“We have a purpose-built children’s theatre on our property and [my partner] runs out-of-school drama classes and holiday programmes.

“I love being a part of these when I can.”

Acting principal Diane Walker said Miss Wilson would bring her passion for drama, as well as literacy and numeracy, to her new role.

“Tuturau School is excited to welcome Carla to the principal role next year.”