Principal's Message

'It is today we must create the world of the future.' Eleanor Roosevelt

Welcome to Matamata Intermediate School

Principal's Message

Mihi ki a koutou katoa,

I am Daryl Gibbs and I will be your new Principal from the beginning of 2015.

I am honored, and very proud, to have been selected by the Matamata IntermediateSchool Board of Trustees to serve and lead the learning for the Matamata Intermediate school community. I will work hard to gain your trust and respect as the school’s new Principal. My responsibility as the Principal is to ensure that your child continues to receive a high quality education within a safe, respectful and supportive environment.


I believe the emerging adolescent is a very special and unique age group to teach. It takes a special balance of teaching knowledge, relationship building, caring and humour to be successful with intermediate children. Children of this age are developing self-identity, opinions and an understanding of the world around them, and it takes people with a specific skill set and understanding to nurture them. I have a strong passion and commitment to developing programmes that support the academic, sporting, social and cultural development of our students.


I am happily married and have three amazing young children. It is an exciting time for our family as we move to a new district which is full of new challenges and opportunities. I was raised in Whakatane in a very sporting household, and I have always had a passion for sport and a love of the outdoors. I still enjoy participating in a wide range of sports but after 30 years of competitive football and cricket, more involvement in coaching junior sport is where I think my time will be spent.

I am fully engaged with the students, curriculum and entire teaching and learning process. I believe a child‐centered approach to learning that is challenging, relevant and engaging, will allow students to take an active and motivated role towards their own learning, with ever increasing independence and responsibility.

I have a passion for teaching and learning and I am committed to encouraging ongoing professional development for all staff. I have high expectations of pupil achievement in all facets of school life and believe all learners need to be supported to develop skills and their passion to be life long learners.  Promoting this in a positive and caring environment will ensure all students will be prepared as effectively as possible, to become confident and connected citizens, who contribute positively to the community they live in.

I firmly believe that creating strong relationships and having effective communication is an integral part of everyday life, personally and professionally. I believe in having a collaborative approach to new ideas, problems or change processes, whether it is with the Board of Trustees, staff, students or the wider community.  For me the wider school community plays a significant role in the success of its students and the school. I encourage the school community to engage in a wide range of experiences, whether it is supporting learning experiences in the class, sports teams or outdoor education programmes.

As I make the transition to Matamata, I am very aware of the anticipation that accompanies a change in leadership. The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the students, staff, caregivers and the wider community excites me as an educational leader. I promise my complete loyalty, enthusiasm, and diligence to Matamata Intermediate School and its community.

I am excited at the journey that lies ahead and look forward to meeting and getting to know the Matamata students, staff, and wider community in 2015.

Naku noa,

Daryl Gibbs


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