Haere mai and welcome to Totara for 2017


Kia ora I am Chris Meehan, and I am looking forward to my third year at Ashley School, working with our senior students to ensure that their transition through to college and beyond, is smooth and as trouble free as possible.


While I am the staff member at Ashley School with the most and longest experience in teaching and learning, (since 1974!), you can be assured that I will never lose my enthusiasm and love for the job. I feel privileged to be able to work with keen, motivated students, alongside staff who want nothing more than to provide the best we possibly can as a school. In my role as a senior teacher at the school, I have one day’s release for school curriculum development, which this year is Wednesday, when the Year 7/8 students go to Rangiora Borough School for technicraft. When the children return to school at 11.45am, Pip Tipping swings in to action, providing maths, literacy and inquiry learning or Physical Education.


I live locally at Loburn on a 4 hectare block with my partner Stan, in our new home which was built by one of the local builders in 2013. Stan is a psychiatric nurse and he mostly works night shift at Hillmorton Hospital which you can imagine is a very demanding position. He has great empathy for the patients with whom he works, and years of experience in psychiatric care, but in recent times has found changes in systems and processes make his job more challenging. As a result, Stan is often to be seen at school mostly in the mornings, bringing me a morning coffee, so that we can have time for a bit of a catch up before he goes home to bed. He really loves getting to know the students and takes quite an interest in the daily tasks and activities which we do as well.


Stan’s son Jay lives on the Gold Coast so we dont really see enough of him, but in fact we do not see enough of any of our children - something we need to remedy I think, especially considering our four gorgeous grandchildren!


I have two daughters. Abby lives in Karamea with her partner Brett who is a teacher at the Karamea Area  School, and they have two boys, River and Shea. My other daughter Jenna, has only a few weeks ago returned to New Zealand to live, from Kansas USA, after a long break of 3 ½ years away from home and her mummy! She and her husband Zach with their son Orson and daughter Laney, have decided to come to New Zealand’s more temperate climate - both in weather and politics! They arrived in Auckland on Waitangi weekend to be met by all the whanau. We all shot up to Waiwera Springs for a fantastic beach weekend as you can see. Now Zach is currently getting organised with work, so we are waiting with baited breath to see which island that family will end up in.  


I am really looking forward to a fun–filled year of fantastic learning, so that our students are perceived locally and further afield, as worthy citizens for our community. We will be working closely with the students from Ti Kouka and Kowhai throughout the year, ensuring that all students have their curiosity piqued, REACH values fostered and making excellent progress in all aspects of learning.


Take a look at our Totara blog in the next few weeks, and please comment on anything you wish to, so that students are getting feedback on their efforts.




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