Strategic planning in terms of cultural perspective, evaluation stance, agency, systemic thinking, metacognition and valuing deep conceptual knowledge within the local and national community is the foundation of Nathan Janes’ approach to his work; the principles of his principalship as it were.

Which is extremely good news for the staff and pupils of Mairangi Bay School, where Nathan is the new head, just one bay and two hills from his old desk as associate principal at Campbells Bay School.

Nathan and his wife moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2004 and 18 years, two children and a dog later, the duo is very grateful to call Aotearoa their home, especially the picturesque beaches and scenic views from Mairangi Bay Beach, says Nathan.

“With a new term comes a new beginning. Life seldom gives us a chance to join a community and be part of such a special place. I am privileged to be joining Mairangi Bay School as the new principal and am ready to connect with our tamariki, kaiako and whānau.”

Nathan’s background includes teaching and leading for more than 25 years across three countries in the primary, intermediate and college education sectors. He was very involved in the establishment of Branksome Hall Asia, a start-up international school within a global education city in South Korea, which he credits with helping enhance his deep interest

in strategic planning, a passion that has currently led him to studying a Master of Educational leadership at the University of Auckland.

“These experiences,” says Nathan, “I bring to Mairangi Bay School as we start our new journey together. Anei au, tō pou whirinaki - I am here, I can support you.”