By PHILIP CHANDLER
He only arrived this term, but the new principal of Queenstown’s KingsView primary school’s already chalking up some wins.
Amos Pilgrim, formerly assistant principal of Christchurch private boys’ school Medbury, says: ‘‘We feel sort of called to be here, we love the outdoors and knew we really wanted to take the school places and make this into a project.’’
He believes, after several changes of principal, KingsView — a stage-integrated Christian school with a roll of 70 — needs stability.
To that end he’s ensured all four of his teachers are on permanent rather than fixed-term contracts.
He wants the school to reach back into the community with beach clean-ups and the like — ‘‘I think we’ve sort of been a bit insular’’.
He’s also wanting to bring the school’s board, PTA and building-owning trust closer together — ‘‘there’s been a bit of a disconnect, perhaps’’.
Also in his sights are curriculum changes and building modifications.
As the Frankton-based school’s only male teacher, he’s also introduced weekly sessions for his senior boys called ‘the art of manliness’, with elements like teaching them to tie a tie.
Pilgrim’s joined in town by his wife Sarah, a surgical nurse in the soon-to-open Southern Cross hospital and preschool son Noah.
He admits his name makes him sound like he’s from that controversial West Coast Christian community, Gloriavale, but happily says that’s not the case.
An Anglican church-goer in Christchurch, he thinks he’ll probably join Arrowtown’s Presbyterian church.