Haupatu School

Academic
Academic
Cultural
Cultural
Service
Service
Sporting
Sporting

Kia ora koutou katoa,


I am honored, and very proud to have been selected by the Hautapu School Board of Trustees to serve and lead the learning for the school community. I will continue to work hard to gain your trust and respect as the school’s new Principal. My responsibility as the Principal is to ensure that your child continues to receive a high quality education within a safe, respectful and supportive environment where we prepare our learners for the future.

I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Durban, South Africa.  I immigrated to New Zealand with my family in 1994. I am married to Matthew and I have three active boys aged 17, 16 and 12. I spend my free time trying to keep up with all their adventures and enjoy spending time on the beach while they surf.

Providing meaningful contexts for learning for our children where we promote the application of knowledge and are tasked with putting their learning into action are vitally important for our children.  We must always look to promote a childā€centred approach to learning that is challenging, relevant and above all engaging, where our boys and girls are actively involved and take responsibility for their own learning through setting appropriate learning goals.

I have a passion for teaching and learning and I am committed to growing the staff and students at Hautapu School, providing extensive professional development opportunities for all staff. Setting high expectations of pupil achievement in all facets of school life and developing the learners’ skills, attributes and attitudes required to be lifelong learners is central to the success of Hautapu School.  Promoting this in a positive and caring environment will ensure all students will be prepared as effectively as possible, to become confident, connected citizens who contribute positively to the community they live in.  There will also be a commitment to providing learning opportunities for children to find their passions, talents and interests whether it be in sporting, cultural, service or academic pathways.

As I make the transition from Deputy Principal to Principal at Hautapu School, I am very aware of the anticipation that accompanies a change in leadership. The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the students, staff, caregivers and the wider community excites me greatly. I look forward to meeting those of you who I haven't had the privilege of meeting yet.


Nga mihi na,

Tracey Bennett