National Aspiring Principal's application
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Aspiring Principal's application
INTRODUCING - AMANDA NASILASILA –
Bachelor of Education, Dip teach
Married to a Fijian man and we have two amazing boys aged 10 and 8 years old.
My oldest son has Speech dyspraxia, ADHD and was diagnosed with Autism
Living in Te Awamutu – my two sons attend Pirongia School with me.
Currently Deputy Principal in charge of year 5-8.
We are committed to supporting a range of ventures to help maintain and support
families in my husband’s village and the surrounding area which lifts them
above the poverty line.
Passionate about my job and making a difference to ensure all students succeed
and are ready to succeed at secondary school.
Leadership Skills and Dispositions
• Look for solutions – making a difference to students, particularly students with
• Working with teachers collaboratively
• Using Teaching as Inquiry – theory and practise - Engagement
• Identified important practises which allow our school to be culturally responsive both
as a leader and in the classroom, for example, correct pronunciation, including wide
range of different aspects in your classroom, caring and respectful environment for all.
• Professional conversations with staff, team, buddy, mentors. Provide powerful
conversations that move teachers learning/pedagogy and reflect changes in the
My skills and understanding – knowing
LEADERSHIP AND THE TIRITI O WAITANGI
Maori achieving success as Maori – knowing these students, communicating in
ways they understand, that reflect who they are. Improved teaching for Maori
students that reflects them means improved learning…
Whanau group connections – joint interventions…Communication
Providing school events that bring the school community together
Key Principles of Ka Hikitia must be ‘living and breathing’ for the school.
Reciprocal and whanau orientated - A productive partnership starts by
understanding that Māori children and young people are connected to
Tataiako – Ako, Wananga, Whanaungatanga, Tangata Whenuatanga,
Manaakitanga – knowing Maori students – holistic approach to everything in
the school culture.
Registered Teacher Criteria – Teacher engagement and development – Key to
making a difference to our students – Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori are
embedded into the school culture.
LEADERSHIP AND FUTURE FOCUSED SCHOOLS
I see an exciting era developing in education with the huge advancement of technology and
the ways this can be used to enhance learning. Effective pedagogy must underpin all
decisions made and this development must be supported through teachers
Students must be problem solvers and must be provided with opportunities to ‘learn how to
learn’ – inquiry process must enhance this. I have been instrumental in introducing
BYOD to my current school at Year 7 and 8 and are working to see this flow through to
Year 5 and 6. Future-focussed schools must address pedagogy and planning for modern
learning environments to enhance learning outcomes.
Teach and learn anywhere/anytime
Strengthen home school partnerships in different ways
Developing responsible citizens of now and into the future with school –wide programmes
which build a culture in a school of respect, tolerance and understanding. Powerful link
between student achievement and effectiveness of school leadership to ensure an
orderly, supportive environment.
Strategic resourcing and combining with communities to provide the best solutions for
Self-believe, positivity, scaffolding of learning, knowing students, high expectations, which
support learning and students are supported between Kura which ease transitioning. The
Language of learning is the same. These are important aspects of a school which