New principal at Nth Loburn

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North Loburn School’s new principal, Darryn Ward, has arrived just in time to begin training for their annual fun-run fundraiser.
The picturesque North Loburn School Ashley Forest Fun Run is held on Father’s Day which this year is on Sunday, September 4.
Darryn began work at North Loburn School at the beginning of term three on July 25.
It was a move back to Canterbury from Hawkes Bay with his wife Stacey and their son, Charley, aged 10, after they spent three years in Hawkes Bay where Darryn was principal at Patoka School.
‘‘I moved from Christchurch in 2013 to start a first-time principal’s position in the Bay with the idea of getting the experience that would hopefully bring me home again some time. So when I saw the position for North Loburn principal advertised I jumped at it.’’
He was attracted to the North Loburn School because of its size, location and because he already knew some of the North Canterbury principals. Plus he liked the school’s focus on digital technology and the Enviroschool.
‘‘I had driven out to the school in 2013 when I was looking for first-time principal’s positions and always thought it would be great to be leader there.’’
Teaching is something Darryn always wanted to do.
‘‘I love the thrill of working with children and seeing them succeed,’’ he said.
Stacey is also a teacher and she has recently accepted a job at Rangiora Borough School as a new-entrant, start-up class teacher.
‘‘She worked as my junior teacher at Patoka. She is an outstanding teacher who has a wealth of knowledge in the junior area,’’ he said.
They met in 1997 at Redwood School in Christchurch and have worked together at several schools.
The family will be taking part in the school’s fundraiser but Darryn says he may not run.
‘‘I am hoping to try and run. If I do run it may be the shorter 5km distance as I would be more likely to complete that one. Having said that I may also walk the 10km.’’
He competed in the Queen Charlotte Classic, a multi-sport fundraiser in the Marlborough Sounds, as a team member with two others, during 2010, 2011 and 2012, completing the 14km running section from Mistletoe Bay to Anikiwa. However, injuries have prevented him from doing much running since then and training for his new school’s fundraiser has not been going smoothly.
‘‘I attempted a run last weekend and paid the price for it so will be doing some minor training,’’ he said.
The family-friendly event is organised by the school’s Home and School committee along with the wider school community, in particular Paul and Robyn Woods, of Makerikeri Silviculture and Chris and Colin Dixon.
Support from Rayonier is much appreciated, said Anne Murphy, one of the committee members .
‘‘The ongoing support from Rayonier allows us to host this event on their forestry roads and provide spectacular views across Pegasus Bay and inland to the alps.’’
Last year the fun run attracted just over 400 entries and raised more than $6000 for the school. This year the event will include a 2km and 5km run or walk course which are both buggy friendly and ideal for parents with young families, Anne said.
There is also a more challenging 10km course for runners or walkers and the halfmarathon course which is ‘‘just for runners and will certainly raise heart rates with one or two hills,’’ Anne said.
The popular Father’s Day event has become a great way for Dads and their children to do something together, or all the family to enjoy. ‘‘The money raised from this year’s event will be put towards purchasing digital technologies for the six classrooms,’’ Anne said.