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New principal loves challenge
NEW FACE: Kym Wells is the incoming principal for Ohoka School.
We need to make sure
we are engaging
children in the learning
process and make it
RANGIORA RESIDENT and
incoming principal of Ohoka
School, Kym Wells, is looking for-
ward to dropping a 30-40 minute
commute out of her work days.
After 18 years at Wainoni
School, Ms Wells was used to the
drive but will happily swap it with
eight minutes to her new work
She has spent the last eight
years at the helm of the decile 1A
school in Christchurch east.
During this time she has dealt
with a flight of students and fam-
ilies after the earthquake and,
most recently, the proposed clos-
ure of the school as part of the
government's overhaul of edu-
cation in Christchurch.
The proposal would see Wainoni
School, with its 100 students
close, then re-open as part of a
super school'' with four other
schools -- something Ms Wells said
But mostly her time at Wainoni
has been focused on raising
Some Wainoni students were
starting school with the oral
ability of a two and a half year old,
It's been about acceleration of
learning -- to close the gap and
ensure they get the best possible
Ms Wells' time at the Christ-
church school had seen the
increasing politicisation of
education, driven largely by an
economic agenda, she said.
Schools work hard to focus on
what's best for children and that's
what we want from the ministry.''
She would like the new ministry
head to be someone who is will-
ing to engage and listen to experts
The move to Ohoka -- a decile 10
school -- will bring its own set of
challenges, including the ongoing
saga of the Novopay system.
Though not officially on the pay
roll, Ms Wells had already spent
hours working with the school's
administrative staff and waiting
to speak to Novopay call centre
This will certainly be up there
with the challenges.
It's the lack of security in them
doing what they say they will do.''
Working in a very different
school community would not
change many of the goals she had
at Wainoni, Ms Wells said.
Children are children.
These children will come with
more advantages, will have sup-
portive, highly engaged parents --
and we need to capitalise on all
We need to make sure we are
engaging children in the learning
process and make it fun.''
With consultation a key
strength in her kete of skills'', Ms
Wells said she would not be mak-
ing any immediate changes but
would spend time getting to know
the students, their families and
For me it will be about
. . .building connections and focus
on the children,'' she said.
Bigger, brighter homes in demand
ON TREND: Light and bright looks set to take over from cream and beige in 2013.
GOODBYE GREYS and beiges,
and hello larger houses -- those
are the key trends for 2013,
according to the requests being
received by design and build com-
pany Generation Homes from
clients such as those moving into
Chief executive Kevin Atkinson
says that while four bedrooms,
two bathrooms, two living areas
and more than 200 square metres
of floor space is top of people's
wish lists, in reality three bed-
room homes remain the most com-
mon. However, he says, that gap
The number of three-bedroom
houses built, compared to four
bedrooms, is definitely closing,
regardless of the housing
affordability crisis in several New
It appears that gone are the
days when people want a stock
standard three-bedroom, one-
If budget allows, they tend to
prefer a larger home with more
bedrooms and bathrooms, and are
willing to sacrifice the latest hi-
tech products or expensive
finishes to get that,'' he says.
In 2012, 48 per cent of Gener-
ation Homes' customers built four-
bedroom properties, while 49 per
cent built three-bedroom and
three per cent built five-bedroom
Home stylist Jennifer King
from House Couture advises Gen-
eration Homes on its interior
She says the end of 2012 means
goodbye to the dark greys and
beiges that have been predomi-
nant over the last few years, and
that 2013 heralds a swing back to
whites and creams.
We are definitely starting to
see bright colours making a come-
back too, particularly citrus-
green, orange and aqua,'' she said.
Neutral tones have a wide
appeal and are still most popular
for wall colourings, but adding a
burst of colour through acces-
sories like cushions, vases and
throws can keep a house on trend
without turning potential future
Other trends in 2012 included
walk-in tiled showers, wall hung
vanities, triple car garages and a
strong focus on outdoor entertain-
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