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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday June 4 2015
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 4, 2015 — 3 739 Chapel Rd Botany Downs family dentists We see adults and children of all ages. Early assessment at any age is recommended. JH9906-V2 For New Patients, if you bring in this advert before June 30, 2015 126547-V2 By NATALIE BRITTAN ■■ While he has given out a great number of prizes in his time, this time Paul Daley was on the receiving end. The former principal of Sancta Maria College was recognised as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in Monday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The prolific educator who retired late last year says there was an air of excitement when he opened the letters from the Governor-General and the Prime Minister. “I thought, ‘why am I receiving a letter from Government House? My first reaction was of total surprise,” Mr Daley told the Times. To go from leaving the educational environment, to retirement and to this was unexpected, he says. “All of a sudden to be recognised by your country for a contribution you’ve made to people’s lives is just a great honour and very, very humbling.” The long-time Bucklands Beach local says credit goes to his wife, Robyn Daley, who is “exceptionally proud”. “She’s played a very important role in this as well, bringing up three young boys while I’ve been making that commitment to other people’s children and she’s done a tremendous job in supporting me.” Mr Daley began his teaching career at Papatoetoe High School in 1972. He coached the Auckland under- 16 rugby team, which included a young Sean Fitzpatrick who went on to become the All Blacks captain in 1992. He then went on to Macleans College as a founding staff member and became deputy principal in 1993. He was principal at Takapuna Grammar School for 10 years before becoming founding principal of Sancta Maria College in 2003. His ability to identify the strengths of others led him to build a cohesive structure in the schools with a focus on academic excellence as well as a strong co- curricular programme. “It’s really important that you appoint the right staff to work with you and if you can select the right staff, get them to buy into your vision and implement your vision. Then the school will be successful,” says Mr Daley. While he was at Takapuna Grammar School he became the executive of the Auckland Secondary Schools Principals Association and was eventually appointed the vice president of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ). His role involved negotiations with the Government on behalf of the principals most recently in the Ministry of Education’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative which aimed to raise teaching quality. “ There were a number of meetings in Wellington we didn’t see eye to eye at all. “ The meetings were very long, and at times, frustrating but in the end we achieved an agreement that will initially meet the needs of the principals interested in becoming part of IES,” he says. Despite his progress up the educational ladder moving away from the classroom, Mr Daley maintains that students are still at the heart of what he does. “I got into teaching because I love working with young people. I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m pleasantly surprised to get this honour because I was doing a job that I love doing,” he says. Mr Daley made an effort to get to know his students and always looked forward to the annual prize giving ceremony, especially for Year 13 students. “You see them leaving with high expectations, strong values, and with a determination to do well – that in itself is exceptionally rewarding.” Miss McCann could not put a dollar value on her possessions which were mostly gifts. Her Radley handbag was a gift from her boyfriend’s parents last Christmas, a pink Ted Baker purse was from her sister, and the iPad was from her mother two Christmases ago. Miss McCann had been using the device to navigate her way in Auckland and did not have a New Zealand number at the time. Although it’s not the welcome one hopes for, Miss McCann says it hasn’t left a sour impression of locals. “Up until that point I had met such fantastic New Zealanders. “It’s not going to ruin my time in New Zealand or make me cast judgement over the rest of New Zealanders but it’s just really unfortunate and I guess it could happen anywhere in the world.” Miss McCann’s ordeal comes in light of police’s recent crackdown on vehicle crime with the Care, Carry, Keep campaign as well as community organisation Botany Crime Watch Patrol’s efforts to remind the public to stay vigilant. AwARd Sports scribe best in land TIMES sports editor Daniel Silverton has been named the best senior sports journalist at the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association annual awards. Silverton, 33, produced “five strong entries which made for some compelling reading”, the chief judge said. “It amazes me how daily papers overlook so many good local human interest, profile and news stories in pursuit of players, coaches and others of national interest,” the judge said. “All too often readers are fed with much of the same old trivia and quotes. In Daniel’s case he managed to come up with information of genuine interest, covered a wide range of sports and had two outstanding examples of interviews of national appeal.” One featured former wartime veteran and long-time sports administrator and founder of the Cornwall Cricket Club Graham Burgess. He also managed an interview with former Pakuranga and Blues centre Malakai Fekitoa from a broad sports portfolio. Runner-up in this category was Jon Rawlinson, a journalist on Rural Living, a magazine that belongs to a Times sister company. Dan has been the sports reporter at the Times, for four years, lately taking on the role of sports editor. He is a past winner of the NZCNA junior sports reporter of the year, and was awarded the Sir John Wells Sport NZ scholarship in 2014. Long-time Times chief photographer Wayne Martin was runner-up in the best newspaper photographer category, an award he was won several times. He was also runner-up in the best feature/ lifestyle photographer category for EastLife. Natalie Brittan, writing for another Times House magazine EastLife, picked up a runner- up award in the best junior feature/lifestyle category. Rural Living was the winner in the associate class of the Frank Veale Memorial Award for the most improved newspaper and EastLife was runner up. Rural Living was also runner- up in the best front page in the feature/ lifestyle category. Rural Living was also runner-up in the best individual advertising portfolio category. EastLife meanwhile won the best all round lifestyle magazine while Rural Living was highly commended. quEEN’s BIRThdAy hoNouRs Teaching passion honoured Despite his progress up the educational ladder, former principal of Sancta Maria College, Paul Daley says students were still at the heart of what he did Paul Daley was honoured as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit on Monday for his 43 years of service to education. Times photo Wayne Martin. From page 1 ■➤ cRImE No sour impression of locals Daniel Silverton Win it! ➤ FOR the next three weeks we will be giving away prizes for the best letter to the editor. Write to us at Bot@times.co.nz or at Level 1, The Lane, Botany Town Centre and be in to win Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil- 200 capsules with Pantene shampoo and conditioner.
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