Blake Carlin has began his tenure as the new Pyes Pa School principal with a moving powhiri with pupils new and old.
The former Tauranga Intermediate deputy principal started teaching in 2004, and told the Year 1-8 pupils he's looking forward to getting to know them, their names, and what makes Pyes Pa School great.
The straight-talking, humble 39-year-old says his interest in teaching first came from his parents.
“They were both teachers and I always enjoyed my schooling experiences. It seemed a natural progression as I spent a fair part of my childhood at school fundraisers and on the sports field.
“I have always seen it as an opportunity to inspire young people and help them to realise their potential.”
He's very qualified to make that happen too, having completed a Masters in educational leadership with first class honours from the University of Waikato.
Board of Trustees chairperson Tania Stokes, in a letter to staff and parents about Blake's appointment, says they're impressed with his enthusiasm and energy.
“He has a direct yet engaging communication style, intelligence, and an obvious commitment to the role of educational leader.
“He is student-centred, skilled in building positive and professional relationships, and is a highly competent and innovative leader of learning.”
Blake says he's keen to engage with the community and find new ways to ‘drive for excellence' in learning.
Away from school Blake's previously coached representative rugby, and now coach's his son's junior soccer team.
But surfing is his ‘main passion' outside the classroom.
“I like to call it my holistic enrichment.”