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St Joseph’s new principal “comes home”

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At the start of the new school year in February, Carolyn Massey became principal of St Joseph’s Catholic School in Onehunga, taking over the helm from long-standing principal, Andy Thompson. 

Mrs Massey first joined the school as the assistant principal two years ago, and says at the time it felt like she was “coming home.” She explains that although she was not brought up in Onehunga herself, her family roots are firmly based here; her father grew up nearby, with her nana and grandpa owning the Four Square grocery shop that used to be on Onehunga Mall many years ago. 

 

 

“Nana and grandpa walked these streets and served this community in a different way to what I do now.” 

She comments that rather going into an unknown school as a completely new face, she is lucky to have already spent some time at St Joseph’s, and has not had to build relationships from scratch. 

Mrs Massey has three daughters and one son of her own, all still at school, and says it can often be a challenge juggling the different demands of both roles. She adds, “I love being a mum and I love being an educator. “Family is my favourite word, which is why I like being in this school too, because the family is so strong.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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