The Ahuriri Community of Learning (COL) have appointed Robin Fabish, Principal of Tamatea High School as their new Lead Principal.
Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, is driving the COL initiative to promote collaboration between primary and secondary schools. The Ministry of Education has a goal to create pipelines of education from pre-school through to tertiary institutions. Schools all around the country have been joining together to create a seamless learning experience for students in their communities.
The Ahuriri COL includes seven schools. Tamatea High School, Tamatea intermediate, Tamatea Primary School, Fairhaven School, Porritt School, Onekawa School and Westshore School.
Mr Fabish was interviewed this week by the principals and Board of Trustee representatives of each of the schools and they were very pleased to appoint him to the role. His collaborative approach, strong relationship focus and determination to work for the benefit of all parties in the community were important factors in his appointment. “I see myself as a servant to the COL rather than someone who want to tell others how to do their job. It’s about developing process to help each other to do even better than we are doing now.”
While still retaining the role of Principal at Tamatea High School, Mr Fabish says he is looking forward to the opportunity of being innovative and working with the schools in the COL to build on the great work that is already being done. “There are fantastic teachers who are working hard and doing a great job in all of our schools. The COL will allow all of us to come together, share our expertise and lift the achievement for all of our students. We live in exciting times.”
There are two other COLs that have been established in Napier. The Matariki COL, which is led by Daniel Murfitt from William Colenso and the Napier City COL led by Wendy Gray from Napier Intermediate. Robin says “I have good relationships with Wendy and Daniel and I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with them also. We all want the best for the students in our city because everyone benefits when education is working.”