Mr William Reynolds is of Maori descent and his Great Great Grandmother was Rahapa Te Hauata. According to the Te Awamutu Courier, “Rahapa Te Hauata’s taonga include a whalebone patu which she was photographed outside her house at Rangioawhia.
She was a survivor of the massacre that occurred at Rangioawhia during the New Zealand Wars and genealogical research has revealed a large number of descendants.” (18 December, 2008).
His Great Great Grandfather was Thomas Power, who was brought out by Govenor Grey to help Maori farmers.
He grew up in a small railway settlement of Oio, which consisted of 5 houses, one of which was allocated for the station master. This township is no longer there. He attended Raerimu District High School.
His family then shifted to Marton, where he attended the Junior Primary School and then Marton District High School. He then attended Palmerston Teachers’ College for two years. When he graduated, he moved back to Marton Junior School, where he was he did his PA (Probationary Assistant) for 2-3 years At that time, he applied to do his Country Service at Kawerau North School, where he has spent the last approximately 48 years teaching over four and a half thousand student, with the majority being Maori children.
During his service at Kawerau North School he has been the Senior Teacher, Associate Principal, Deputy Principal, and was the Principal at one time. His service has also been in the Junior Department teaching students from New Entrants to Standard 1 (Year 3).
WHAT STRATEGIES DID YOU USE TO RAISE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF MAORI STUDENTS
Mr Reynolds said that teachers had the children’s interests at heart. He believes that forming strong relationships with the children and their families was the key to the success of many of the students that he taught. The teachers got to know the children and the families, including the grandparents. There were strong relationships that were made between the school and the community. Parents also knew teachers socially. This included being a part of the cricket team, indoor and outdoor bowls. It was a close knit community.
Mr William Reynolds, NZEI Te Riu Roa, thank you for your service in raising the achievement of Maori students.
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