Principal's Welcome

At our school, all relationships matter, so working together is crucial. While acknowledging the local and cultural advantages of living in the Far North, we strive to educate learners to be well equipped for the 21st century. This means developing a love for learning and using technologies for real purposes.

Learning must be relevant, so we provide many opportunities for students to learn within different contexts. Students have different strengths, so we tailor our teaching to maximise their capabilities. This requires close monitoring, support and challenge to succeed.

My own, three children have grown up in Northland and have now completed their tertiary education. I fully understand diverse strengths and needs, and individual support students need to reach their full potential. It is my belief that every, single year in a child’s education, is an important one. Our school leavers will be confident, capable students knowing who they are and what they can succeed in.

There is much more I would like to discuss with you so I invite you to visit Kaingaroa School and see for yourself. We have a very, dedicated team and fabulous students. Choosing the right school for your child to grow and learn, is one of the most important decisions as parents that you will make.

I look forward to meeting you.

Warm Regards,

Kathy Hancock


About Our Principal

Kathy has returned to the Far North, where she spent her initial, teaching years. She is married to Cliff Colquhoun who started and manages CBEC. They raised their three children Lee, Ryan and Brydie in Ahipara, where they live. Kathy started her role as principal of Kaingaroa School in term 4, 2014 having recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Education through Auckland University. Kathy has taught at all levels from Year 1 to 8 and has also worked for Auckland University as a literacy and assessment facilitator for 6 years in many Northland schools. Prior to working at Kaingaroa School, Kathy was deputy and acting principal for Whangarei Primary, one of the largest schools in the North.