Principal’s task is far from plain sailing

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    Principal of Te Huruhi School Adam Cels tells Alex Stone how he balances his work with family and his love of sailing – and the challenges of the school’s move to new buildings.

    Adam Cels has been principal of Te Huruhi School since 2013. Prior to that, he taught at a rural school near Taupo, Laingholm Primary in West Auckland, and Patoka, a small, three-teacher school in rural Hawkes Bay.

    These out-of-the-way postings perhaps reflect Adam’s early childhood, which was positively rural. Before he went to school, his parents were living a self-sufficient lifestyle on a farm block near Mangawhai. But most of his childhood was spent in Mount Maunganui, where his father worked as a marine superintendent, responsible for the stowage plans for ships in the harbour. His mother worked a variety of jobs.• Alex Stone

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