Monday, February 23, 2015


Starting at school begins a journey in the education system some of us loved or loathed.In a child's life they will deal with a minimum of 10 teachers in their primary years and 5 a day at high school for up to 5 years.You got to hope they will find someone in there who gets them. I mean they are our precious little angels and we understand them, don't we! I often worry about the relationships that form or don't form between the teacher and the student.These relationships create the fabric on which all learning is based.I mean if your teacher knows you, they will be able to assist your learning by providing material that suits you. Where do you fit during this journey? Are you the ticket collector? The driver ? My take is that you too are a another passenger and should develop the same sort of relationship with the teachers as well.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I get scared! Yep big old tough Mr Mullan gets scared. Recently it has been while face down in a lake knowing I have 2kms to go or if my achilles tendon will snap before I finish my adventure.But these fears are irrational! We must concentrate on what we can control. I see all the new students arriving at school or attending new classrooms and fear is obvious. Will my teacher know I cant do some things well or will I make friends. Will mum or dad remember to pick me up at the end of the day??? These a biggies for some. Think about the parts of these things that you yourself can control. Having control in your own mind will help ease all your fears.

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Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
I have been Principal of Ashley School since 2002 and I am still learning my job.I am married with 3 children. I have a love of educating children to the best of their potential. I enjoy Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, cycling and all other sports.