Portobello School principal Shelley Wilde left at the end
of Term 1 for Tainui School. Photo by Jonathan
Portobello School principal Shelley Wilde is moving on
after about four years on the job.
Mrs Wilde finished in her role at the end of Term 1 and after
the Easter holidays she is to start work as principal of
Mrs Wilde was proud of her achievements at the small Otago
Under her watch, the school achieved an excellent Education
Review Office report, undertook a modern learning environment
upgrade, and established a common room for Year 7 and 8
pupils, she said.
The school had a major information technology upgrade,
including the creation of an e-learning hub, she said.
''It's important to foster in children a sense of who they
are and what they can be and to give them as many
opportunities as you can for their future world,'' she said.
Mrs Wilde was farewelled at Otakou Marae last week and at an
assembly at the school.
Incoming principal Winnie Cornelissen was welcomed at the
Mrs Wilde said she was looking forward to her role at Tainui
''I felt it was time to look for my next challenge at a
Tainui School had similar values to Portobello School. It
valued positive education and was highly engaged with whanau
and had a strong respect for tikanga and te reo Maori, she
However, Mrs Wilde would miss Portobello, especially the
children, their families, and her staff.
She said the community had been hugely supportive of the
school and acknowledged the fundraising efforts several
groups had undertaken to help out, including the pool upgrade
group, which had raised about $24,000 towards heating the
Mrs Wilde started teaching in 1991 at St Clair School and
eventually rose to become principal there.
She worked for the Ministry of Education literature
development office before moving to Portobello School.
- by Jonathan Chilton-Towle