Education: Takapuna Grammar School
New school leaders at TGS
A moving powhiri to welcome the two Deputy Principals set the scene for the new academic year at TGS. It was clear from the passionate speakers from Westlake Boys’ and Rangitoto College, that two treasured tohunga were being handed over.
Mrs Louise Roe has moved from her position as HOD Social Sciences, at Rangitoto College, to return to her alma mater. Growing up in Takapuna she attended Takapuna Grammar in the late 1980s before also attending Epsom Girls Grammar School and the University of Auckland. She has a degree in History and Ancient History and for the past 17 years has taught Social Studies, Classical Studies and Music at Rangitoto College.
Her passions in education are varied and include the teaching of thinking and differentiated instruction as well as professional learning and leadership, and genuine collegiality.
Her portfolios at Takapuna include professional development programme delivery, appraisal, and staff welfare. She will also teach junior Social Studies.
Louise is married with two sons.
Mr Craig Waller was at Westlake Boys’ before a year spent in Egypt as Head of Secondary at Cairo English School. He grew up in the South Island, attending Shirley Boys’ High School, and graduating from the University of Canterbury with a BSc. He has had a varied career in Mathematics teaching at Shirley Boys’, Glenfield College, and Auckland Grammar school before being an HOD of Mathematics and then Deputy Principal at Westlake Boys’ High School.
His TGS portfolios include areas of Assessment for Learning, with an oversight of NCEA and IB, data analysis and reporting on student achievement, which will use his skill and passion for all things statistical and mathematical, and he will keep his hand in with a junior Mathematics class.
He is married with three daughters.
The school community is so proud of Ella Yelich-O’Connor. Hearing her name read out and seeing her on stage at the Grammy’s was such a thrill. Congratulations from your peers, and your teachers at TGS.