Hi my name is Heath Chittenden and I would like to welcome you to Ashhurst School. I was appointed as the principal of Ashhurst School in Term 1, 2016. Previous to Ashhurst, I have been a Principal in rural Taranaki for the past 8 years.
I have a real passion to see students succeed at Ashhurst School. My own curriculum passions are Writing and ICT. I believe it is important to be enthusiastic, motivated about teaching.
At Ashhurst School, I set high expectations for all students and staff. All children should be challenged to achieve their own personal best. I believe in providing students with the opportunity to progressively take responsibility for their own learning. By being a positive person I can provide an atmosphere for learners where they feel happy and confident in a collaborative learning environment.
I value the contributions that our community provide and take pride in providing supportive, collaborative relationships with other students, staff and parents.
Outside of school I am married with five daughters and one son (we had a great surprise of twins in July 2016). Four of my children will be attending Ashhurst School in 2017. I come from a very sporting background and I have represented Taranaki and Wanganui in provincial cricket. These days I can be seen more on the sidelines coaching and cheering on the children at Ashhurst School. Every now and then I can be seen on a cricket field and never say 'no' to a round of golf.