Word From the Principal

A Word from our DP & Introducing Our New Staff for 2023…

Kia ora whānau, Goodness, the term is flying by! It is chock full of learning and activities in and out of the classrooms. Having the Scientist for a Day was a wonderful experience for the children and staff alike as we saw so many different displays and experiments that are part of the whole Science kaupapa.

One of our favourite school activities at this time of the year is our Athletics Day. This year we are looking forward to inviting all our whanau to support and cheer as the children display their prowess at the different events on offer. The children are all aiming to beat the current Kaharoa records in each event for each year group. Having whanau certainly adds to the atmosphere of the day and we missed this last year due to Covid restrictions. It would be great to see as many families as possible bringing a picnic and having time together at lunchtime. We look forward to seeing you!

You will have received the emailed news of finishing my Deputy Principal role at Kaharoa School at the end of the year. Thank you for the messages of farewell. I have enjoyed my teaching time at Kaharoa and more recently working with Lynden. I welcome our new Deputy Principals for 2023 and know that together with Lynden’s leadership and the wonderful staff, Kaharoa School will continue the tradition of strong teaching for your children.

Rose Powley, Deputy Principal


Introducing Two New Staff for 2023


Ryan Porteous joins Kaharoa School in the role of “Deputy Principal / Leader of Learning”. He will teach in Year 7/8 (Rakau) and lead the seniors, Team Tōtara.

Ryan is an energetic, positive, and dedicated educator. He has experience in Primary and Intermediate, as well as a range of leadership experience including team leader, cultural ambassador, and curriculum leadership roles.

Living in nearby Kawaha Point, Ryan is passionate about educational opportunities for tamariki and building a supportive community for our young people to thrive.

Tania Yorke also joins Kaharoa School in the role of “Deputy Principal / Leader of Learning”. She will lead and teach in the Primary Team, Nga Akonga.

Tania brings strengths in curriculum leadership, supporting learners with additional needs, and coaching and mentoring. She has experience in Primary and Intermediate, and a range of leadership experience including team leader, mathematics specialist teacher, and curriculum leadership roles.

Hailing from a rural block in Upper Oropi, Tania is a dedicated educator whose referees speak highly of her ability to bring a team together and create a supportive learning environment for all.

We look forward to being able to share more with you in the coming weeks as we plan further towards 2023.

Lynden Cook, Principal