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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
16 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS J_5432_ Karen Rhind, Manager. Telephone (04) 567 8766 Mobile 021 577 133 firstname.lastname@example.org "Where el e could you get such great view , beautiful gardens and receive superb care. My mother receives so much love and respect I couldn't ask for more." Wesleyhaven. 249 Rata Street, Naenae. www.wesleyca.org.nz _AB Wesleyhaven. We invite your enquiry; Tl h (04) 567 8766 T Wlh 4133520AA PHC030HB HAWKES BAY Norfolk House, 161 Marine Parade, Napier Ph: 06 835 7363 Government Loans and/or Student Allowances available for course fees and living expenses. www.hairdressing.org.nz email: email@example.com NZQA registered and accredited Teaching Level 1, 2, 3 and a selection of Level 4 Elementary = 38 weeks Advanced = 24 weeks (Courses staggered throughout the year) PREMIER Hairdressing Courses Criteria applies Next course starts: 21 Nov 2011 Enrol Now! 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Mr Tully, an old boy and boarder from the 1970s, addressed students after a powhiri on his first day and explained the school ethics about showing love for others and the marginalised of society. Concepts of understand- ing, empathy and compassion were strong values in his student days. Words that now he sums up in one word -- love. On the teaching front, Mr Tully believes the education system has become too obsessed with assess- ment and needs to rediscover learning for learning's sake. He wants education to be overwhelm- ingly enjoyable for all. When young men leave St Pat's he hopes they will be aspirational, highly educated, empowered cre- ative leaders. He hopes they will be men of courage, compassion and drive, committed to radical and positive change in our world. Men who will bring about a more just and peaceful world . . . a world where every person's mana is respected and valued and men will act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with their God''. Men need to be caring, affec- tionate and show love for people around them, he says. Mr Tully has been impressed to see All Blacks expressing them- selves articulately and talking about emotions. It is important for young men to express themselves in an appro- priate manner.'' Life should be about celebrating whatever people are good at, he says. He stresses the importance of valuing every student, diversity and individual talent, even in non- conventional areas. The practising Catholic who is married to Gabrielle and father to their three children aged 13 to 20, turned 50 during the past school holidays. He heads a roll of about 720 students and 90 staff, includ- ing those working in the boarding part of the school. Mr Tully grew up in Masterton and completed form three at Cha- nel College (then St Joseph's). After his older siblings left home his mother felt he needed more male role models and sent him to board at St Pat's at the beginning of his fourth form year in 1976. He was terrified'' at the thought and did not know anyone. The first week was hard but once he had settled in, he loved the place. As a boarder he found it easier to apply himself to his studies. An American teacher, Father Graham, at St Pat's for a year to teach English, loved the poetry of Robert Frost. It stuck with the young student. As part of the interview process for the rector's job he read Frost's poem Mending Wall to staff. It was a poem about challenging tradition. Students need to get excited about learning, it is not just preparing for assessments, he says. It was Father Silverwood, a teacher who made learning maths so much fun'' that inspired Mr Tully to train as a teacher. He remembers boarders had study time before and after school. Television was not a great part of their lives and there were lessons on Saturday morning too. Boarders went home only twice a term. The young Tully passed School Certificate, University Entrance and won an A Bursary. He played rugby and cricket, did drama and debating and was part of the team that in 1978 won the O'Shea Shield which Catholic secondary schools in the lower North Island compete for annually. Five years at Otago gained him degrees in science and physical education. He did a term at St Pat's as a relief teacher. A variety of other work followed, including stints as a hospital orderly in Palmerston North and London and a job at the Rural Bank. He attended teachers' college and joined the staff of St Pat's Town in 1989 to teach maths. From 1994 till 1999 he was head of maths then went to Porirua Col- lege as assistant principal. He was a maths teacher at Wellington College then rector of St Pat's Town. From 2008 till 2010 he held two part-time jobs, working with the Marists and Challenge 2000, a youth and social work agency in Johnsonville running alternative education for young people. In 2010 he was appointed a maths teacher at Naenae College. Mr Tully says he never aspired to becoming a principal but the opportunity came along and I believed I had something to offer''.
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