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Welcome to Piopio, A Thriving Village Nestled Between The
World Famous Waitomo Caves and The Rugged Taranaki Coast



The last half of 2019 has been one of change for Piopio Primary School. At the end of Term 2, we sadly said farewell to Mr Scott Lincoln, who took up the Principal’s position at Otorohanga South School after three and a half years at Piopio.

In order for the BOT to carry out a successful, robust recruitment process of a new permanent Principal we chose to get a fixed term Principal for term 3. Mr Pat Poland of Te Pahu was available and fitted in to the role perfectly. Mr Poland’s role since retiring as a Permanent Principal has been to fill in under circumstances such as these.

In term 4 we welcomed our new Principal Mr Ron Baptist. Ron has come from Waikaretu school in north Waikato, and when he started there it was a sole charge Principal’s job. Under his leadership and teaching it became a thriving two teacher school. Ron’s rural background appealed to us, as did his journey through his own schooling. The way he spoke of Waikaretu as well as his journey of becoming a teacher were some of the things that stood out in the recruitment process.

It has been great having Ron start in term 4. We did wonder if a term 4 start would be a good or a bad thing, but settling in to a new role always takes time. Having term 4 to get to know how things operate at our school will help make plans for next year. The school will be in an organised positive position for 2020.

Piopio Primary’s roll is looking very healthy (currently 167), and will begin the year with around 145 students.
We look forward to working with Ron and are excited to have him leading our school.

Merry Christmas to whanau and the community, have safe and happy holidays, and we look forward to a positive 2020.
Steph Brough