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Taking a chance to grow
handed in his
Rangitikei College in
Marton, and will be
taking his new place
as principal at
Central Hawkes Bay
High School next
year. Photo: LAURA
By LAURA WALTERS
Rangitikei College's principal
is proud of what he has
achieved in his time at the
school, but has decided it is
time to move on.
The co-educational high
school is on the hunt for a new
principal following the resig-
nation of long-serving princi-
pal Lance Christiansen, who is
taking up a position as princi-
pal of Central Hawkes Bay
Mr Christiansen said he
was happy with what he, and
his team, had achieved during
However, when a job sud-
denly came up at the
Waipukurau High School Mr
Christiansen said he wanted
to take the chance to grow and
You can be at one place too long,'' he
In his seven years as principal, Mr
Christiansen said the schools' ICT
programmes had grown enormously and
it's image had improved. Part of the
improved perception of the students was
their presence in the wider community, he
The principal encouraged the students
to get out into the community, and help
Our school is part of a wider
Unfortunately, negative perceptions
about the school had spread in the past,
Mr Christiansen said.
The school has very few major issues.''
All schools had the same issues, and
they were dealt with, he said.
No school is an island.''
On the whole, Mr Christiansen said the
students were his fondest memory of the
job. I really enjoyed the students, he
They are very friendly and very
dedicated to the school, and most of them
are very dedicated to their studies.''
Mr Christiansen said he liked smaller
schools, because they had more of a family
The size of both Rangitikei College and
Central Hawkes Bay High School gave
the community the chance to get to know
the students, and the students a chance to
get to know their teachers, he said.
The principal said he tried to get out
and about in the school, and show the
children he was a real person.
It was this community feel that was
helping Rangitikei College become the
school of first choice'' in the area.
Mr Christiansen invited the community
to come and see what the school did, and
form their own opinions.
While he said the job had its ups and
downs, it was an enjoyable job.
I have lots of good memories. It's about
working with people. It's the best job in
Like any other good teacher, he said the
most important thing was the outcome for
Everything is about improving the out-
comes for the kids,'' he says.
And if you don't get it right at least
Rangitikei College Board of Trustees
chair Janice Couchman said Mr
Christiansen had brought innovation and
energy to the school.
Lance has made an incredible contri-
bution over the last seven years, not only
to Rangitikei College but also to the wider
community,'' she said.
Our college has gone from strength to
strength during Lance's tenure, with a
growing roll and people now looking at
Rangitikei College with a new attitude.''
The school hoped to have a new princi-
pal by the second term next year.
Rangitikei College is on the hunt for a new principal
following the resignation of long serving principal Lance
In accepting Mr Christiansen's resignation this week,
the board of trustees commended the energy and
innovative spirit he has brought to both the school and
Lance has made an incredible contribution over the
last seven years, not only to Rangitikei College but also
to the wider community,'' board chairwoman Janice Cou-
Our college has gone from strength to strength during
Lance's tenure, with a growing roll and people now look-
ing at Rangitikei College with a new attitude,'' she said.
Rangitikei College and has managed to maintain its
numbers this year when many schools are facing a sig-
nificant drop in students. Numbers for 2012 are also on
the rise and the college is introducing entrance exams for
the first time in many years.
Mrs Couchman attributes the growth to the school
embracing what it means to live in the Rangitikei.
Rangitikei is a diverse community with a lot of talented,
hard working people. As a college we want to reflect that
by catering for the Rangitikei Kid'. We're about growing
independent, thoughtful students who excel in whatever
path they choose,'' said Mrs Couchman.
More than half of Rangitikei College's year 13 students
are heading for university next year and the college
boasts sporting success at both regional and national
These achievements have been huge for our college
and our community and we're looking forward to another
great year in 2012 as we build on this success,'' said Mrs
Mrs Couchman said the search for a new principal is
already under way, as the college looks to become Ran-
gitikei's school of first choice within the next five years.
We are committed to ensuring Rangitikei College is
the school of first choice in the Rangitikei District and
have high expectations of all students. We are working
hard to ensure that the college achieves academic,sport-
ing and cultural success that places it among the best in
The board expects to make an appointment to the
position early in 2012.
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