Announcement to parents/caregivers from the Board Chairperson:

2 November 2020

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Wairau Intermediate Board of Trustees has appointed Yolanda East to the position of Principal.

The Principal recruitment process was very thorough and robust. We had 24 applications. References were checked and industry knowledge utilised. We asked for voice from staff and the community. Thank you to those who took the time to respond to the survey. As a board, we were very clear and united in what we were looking for.

We were very impressed with the calibre of applicants and chose the person who we felt would fit best with the school and staff to build on Grant’s legacy and lead Wairau Intermediate into the future.

Yolanda East is currently a Deputy Principal at Sunnynook Primary who will be joining us from 28th January 2021.

The BoT was impressed with her energy, vision and collaborative leadership style – ensuring that communication is open and transparent, and centred on building trusting relationships. She is committed to creating an inclusive environment, in which all feel a sense of value and belonging.

Yolanda is community focused and a person who works hard to foster positive relationships, supporting teachers to develop sound teaching practices. She will continue to strive for the best outcomes for our students, teachers and the community.

I am sure that you will work with us to support her and welcome her to our community.

Kind regards

Nicolette Hansen

BoT Chair