National hui 2020 panel discussion members

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Panel discussion members




Perry Rush (Facilitator)

Perry_Rush_photoPerry is the National President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. In his usual job he is Principal at Hastings Intermediate. Before that Perry was Principal at Island Bay School in Wellington and was foundation Director at the innovative Discovery 1 School in Christchurch. He launched Tawa School City Site, a satellite campus in Wellington’s CBD and was the spokesperson of BTAC-the Boards Taking Action Coalition, a powerful movement to oppose National Education Standards. Perry is a passionate advocate of student-centred learning and practice-based approaches. He is dad to two teenagers and enjoys dining out, travel, indie rock and coffee.


Daryl Warburton

Daryl_Warburton_photoDaryl Warburton is in his 4th year as principal of Waitara High School in Taranaki, a low decile rural school of almost 400 students. The challenges that he faced as a beginning principal were significant. Improvements to pastoral care, curriculum and school property are focussed on creating a school of "belonging and belief" for his students and community. 





Myles Ferris

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Myles is a Principal with 15 years experience and currently Tumuaki at Te Kura o Otangarei in Whangarei. A Decile 1a Dual Medium Kura with Level 1 Full Immersion and Level 3 Bilingual educational environments.  He is the current President of Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals Association for the past 3 years and on the executive for the past 7 years.





Andrea Dance 

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Mum to three wonderful children and nana to an adorable grandson. Married to Shane and have been living in the Bay of Plenty for the last two years. Currently, the Tumuaki of Otamarakau School which is a small rural country school of 95 tamariki approximately 30 mins drive from Papamoa. 

Prior to my first Principalship, I was the Deputy Principal at Albany Junior High School on the North Shore. My experience to date has been truly rewarding and I can honestly say leading a country school has given me the very best professional development I have ever had. It's a roll up your sleeves position and one that requires you to have your finger on the pulse as the buck stops and starts with you for everything. My staff, are committed to building upon our strengths, using deliberate acts of teaching and evidence-based strategies, to maximise student achievement, ensuring curriculum delivery of the highest quality. At Otamarakau School we have high expectations for all of our student's learning while encouraging them all to be self-directed learners. 

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