Cambridge Principals' Association chairman Mike Pettit gets
a helping hand in the Tarras School playground from pupils
Brooke Elstob (11) and Jack O'Brien (10) during the
association's visit to the school yesterday as part of a
South Island school tour. Other members of the association
are joined at rear by Tarras principal Noeline Pullar (far
left). Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Fourteen North Island school principals learned all about
the life and times of celebrity sheep Shrek yesterday as part
of a presentation by the pupils of Tarras School.
Cambridge Principals' Association (CPA) members visited
Tarras as part of a tour of South Island schools. The group
went on an annual trip to "see good practice in other schools
around the country", CPA chairman and Cambridge Primary
School principal Mike Pettit said.
"Every school's a bit different."
Yesterday, after a welcome from Tarras principal Noeline
Pullar, the visitors found out what the 25 pupils think about
school life and learned what Shrek had done for their school.
Hearing about Shrek's impact had been a drawcard for the
visiting principals, as had the school's Enviroschools
programme and its small, rural make-up, which was similar to
many of the schools under the CPA umbrella.
However, the pupils had been the main highlight, Mr Pettit
"The friendliness of the children and the pride and knowledge
of their school."
Before the Tarras stopover, this year's CPA trip took in
Hillmorton High School and Sumner School, both in
Christchurch. Today, the principals will be hosted by
Remarkables Primary School in Frankton and Queenstown Primary
School, before returning to the North Island.