A warm welcome to a long time partner of our club to our club!
Robin Staples recently retired principal of South Cross Campus School Mangere has joined our club.
 
Robin Staples has recently retired as Principal of Southern Cross Campus School Mangere, a composite Year 1 to 13 students where he served from 2007 to 2020.
He has a Master of Educational Administration with (Honours) from Massey University and a Trades Certificate in Farm management, from a four year detour into the rural sector.
 
Robin has been a Principal for the last 22 years with a leadership background in large composite urban schools. He was instrumental in the bringing together of Clydemore Primary School, Bairds Intermediate School and Hillary College into what became Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Otara.
 
As a teacher and subject association leader, he was awarded the Jim Campbell Award, for inauguration of the first conference for the New Zealand Association of Mathematics teachers in 1989.  Since then he has continued to focus on raising student achievement, especially in low decile communities.
 
He is currently Lead Principal of the Resource Teachers for Learning and Behaviour Cluster for Mangere and Otahuhu, Trades Academies development, and is active in the AimHi schools forum. He is a trustee for Kokako Lodge Trust (an outdoor education centre in the Hunua Ranges) and DayStar Early Learning Centre in Mt Eden.
 
Robin is married to Irene (who is with us tonight) and with her considerable parenting skills, raised six children. Most of the children are married but all have left items stored at home, as they do. He currently has ten grandchildren.
 
He is a past Rotarian so he already knows a lot about Rotary.
Most of our Club members already know Robin from our involvement with various projects we have been doing for Southern Cross Campus School for over 15 years now.
We are very honoured to have Robin join our Club.