Tuesday August 1 2017
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SPEECH: Jo Johnstone (left), Belfast School’s deputy principal, welcoming Sue Elley.
GOODBYE: Head boy, Billy Roper of Hornby High School speaking fluent Te Reo in the ceremony welcoming Sue Elley to Belfast School.
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By Julia Evans HORNBY HIGH students were part of a special Mihi Whakatau, a Maori welcoming for the new Belfast School principal. Sue Elley, who is taking up the role, said it was the most wonderful experience. She replaces veteran principal, Peter Simpson, who sat at the helm of the school for 23 years.
Belfast pupils welcomed Mrs Elley with a kapa haka performance and speeches. And students and staff from Hornby High School, where she worked as the assistant principal for four years, were also there. The Hornby students performed as a kapa haka group and head boy Billy Roper gave a goodbye speech in Te Reo. “It brought a really nice clo-
sure to that part of my life. My previous students physically took me to the new school,” she said. Above all, the mihi really introduced Mrs Elley to the overwhelming sense of community that the Belfast School has. “It’s such a strong community based school . . . Belfast isn’t really a suburb, it is its own town on the edge of a
city,” she said. But the new role, will bring some a new challenges that Mrs Elley said she’s very excited to begin. It’s her first time as a principal. However, she said with the support of the school community and collegian of experienced principals she’s in contact with, she’s in good hands.
Western News 01-08-17