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Tawhai School


Personal Reflections


March 25 2020

Kiā ora e te whānau

A few personal reflections as I am about to close the gates to the school.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams when I took on the role of principal that I would be working through such an unprecedented situation.

I feel emotionally and physically drained, but I still feel surrounded by love……… see that’s the special thing about Tawhai School. We are more than a physical space – we are a community and we will continue to show kindness, support and care for one another and we will continue to be brave together.

You were your child’s first teacher and now you are taking the reigns back for a short time. I know there will be much fun and laughter, tears, tantrums and times of frustration but you have got this and we will be here to support you.

I would like to acknowledge all the staff here at Tawhai School – what an inspiring group of people who have really stepped up to the challenge and worked so hard to ensure your children can continue their learning at home. They are truly an amazing group of people and I feel grateful everyday for such a passionate team. A special mention to Lloyd who has also been on hand the last few days to ensure the school is safe and secure for the weeks ahead.

Please be patient with us and understand that learning programmes for children will vary from teacher to teacher as some have limited access to internet etc – just know that we will all continue to do our very best.

Once teachers have had their holiday break they will be connecting with their classes and we will be continuing to connect as a staff Zoom meetings will be scheduled which will provide an opportunity for teachers to share their successes and challenges and talk about the new learning they are experiencing.

To our very gorgeous children – I feel incredibly sad that I will not see your beautiful faces for a few weeks, I will miss you all so much. Keep learning everyday, practice our Tawhai School values (remember you are still a Tawhai kid even at home!) and most of all be kind and caring to everyone in your bubble.

So what does self isolation look like for me………. some very special time with my gorgeous youngest son, lots of video messaging with my beautiful daughter who is self isolating in Tauranga with her partner and flat mates. And connecting whenever possible with my other precious son who is still in South Korea. I have been hanging onto a glimmer of hope that he will be able to get home but that window has rapidly closed. It breaks my heart to know he is so far away and we can’t be together at this time. I am sure there are many of you who are facing some very emotional and worrying times with loved ones.

My thoughts are with you all.


Karen Poole

In Pooh’s words……..