Educators leap at chance to support charity

Issue: Volume 97, Number 9

Posted: 24 May 2018
Reference #: 1H9ivJ

Four education professionals recently stepped out and faced their fears for a good cause.

Three principals and a school dean were among 30 bosses who plummeted by wire from the top of the Sky Tower for the annual Drop Your Boss event earlier this month.

The event, hosted by the Graeme Dingle Foundation, aimed to give leaders the chance to understand the challenges many young people face on a daily basis.

By choosing to face their fears, each educator helped to fundraise and support the foundation’s charitable work in schools.

One of these programmes, Kiwi Can, is a values and life skills programme designed for primary and intermediate school students. Delivered to about 23,000 children in 100 schools around the country, Kiwi Can delivers fun, safe and interactive lessons that reinforce the schools’ goals and curriculum.

Stars, another initiative by the foundation, is a 12-month mentoring programme that supports, motivates and positively reinforces Year 9 students during their first year at high school.


One of the educators to take the plunge was deputy principal of Papakura High School, Kelly Peterson.

“These programmes upskill and support our students. Success comes in many different forms and this fundraiser is a great way for our community to support our future leaders to unlock and reach their full potential,” she says.

All funds raised from Drop Your Boss 2018 will go towards giving young people the chance to become the next generation of successful leaders.

For more information or to support the foundation’s charitable work, visit the Graeme Dingle Foundation(external link)

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 1:40 pm, 24 May 2018

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