My name is Simon, it is a privilege to be able to serve and assist to continue momentum with the fantastic works that the dedicated staff and previous board members have already contributed to Tekapo School. I live in Tekapo and have resided here with my family for the past four years. In my role as a Hotel General Manager I have lived in a number of different communities throughout my career, I can say without hesitation that the warmth and sincerity of the Tekapo community has by far exceeded any other I have called home previously. The friendly and inclusive fabric of our community is a credit to all residents both past and present, some like myself only very recently settling, others have call Tekapo home for generations, all who without hesitation extend a hand to those who are only new to town and old or new, to those in need. This diversity and inclusion in our community is such a key strength and one that underpins the outstanding work that Tekapo School does as a truly community based learning facility.
I am a parent of four, two currently attending Tekapo School with two more that are incredibly excited to attend in the coming years, I have great faith in the education these children will receive, competencies and skills that will establish them as lifelong learners. It Is my hope that skill’s and friendships formed here will transcend their time at school and will help to guide them, standing them in fine stead, on their own individual journeys of life, wherever those journeys may lead them.
It is a great honour to have been entrusted this kaitiaki and I pledge I will do all that I can to ensure that all students are awarded the opportunity to achieve their very best whilst ensuring that the values of our community are observed and respected.
I look forward to serving your school,