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School Principal ‘at home’ in Coroglen

On Monday, April 29, Karlos Bosson was officially welcomed to his new role as Principal of Coroglen School. Karlos grew up on dairy farms around the Waikato region and Port Albert on the Kaipara Harbour. He brings extensive experience from his teaching career in both large inner-city Auckland schools and rural settings, making him well-suited for this position.
 |  Dorothy Preece  | 

Coroglen school students with their new Principal

The Bosson family moved to the Bay in 2010. Karlos initially taught Year 9 at Mercury Bay Area School and helped to launch the Students Aviation Trust, a community school partnership focused on building light aircraft to introduce students to the aviation industry. “This was a fantastic initiative,” Karlos remarked. “Having been an Automotive Engineer before I transitioned into teaching, I was thrilled to contribute to this programme, which has gone from strength to strength.”

In 2015, Karlos, his wife Vicky, and their children, Louis and Sadie-Belle, relocated to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where Karlos accepted a two-year contract to educate children of the indigenous Bedouin tribes. “Bridging the language gap was challenging, but I discovered many parallels between their culture and our Māori traditions. This common ground helped me connect with the students. I believe that understanding and connecting with students is essential for effective teaching.”

The family returned to Whitianga in 2018, where Karlos assumed the role of Principal at Kaiaua School, a community in the midst of flood recovery. “During the week, I lived in Kaiaua and commuted back to Whitianga on weekends. I became involved with the Kaiaua community and joined the local Fire Brigade, after an incident where a car crashed through the school fence.” Karlos continues to serve as a member of the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Now at Coroglen School, Karlos, Sadie-Belle, and their dog Koda attend school together. “The students adore Koda, he is like a therapy dog and he offers another means of connecting with them,” Karlos noted. He is also adjusting to the new routine of returning home every night.

Karlos is passionate about developing a local curriculum that leverages community resources. Coroglen School has a strong environmental focus, integrating programmes like Enviroschools. Students engage in various outdoor learning activities, including Garden to Table and Trees for Survival. The school’s garden and fruit trees contribute to the Ka Ora Ka Ako School Lunches program.

“Coroglen is so rich in history, offering our students a unique opportunity to learn about the past for the benefit of future generations,” Karlos said. “The original classroom is a beautiful building that needs restoration. The land, river, and people here hold many stories. I want to learn with them to continue the journey of remembering the past. There are many ways we can connect with our local environment to enhance our students’ learning experiences.”

Karlos has been deeply touched by the support and generosity of the Board, students, parents, and the broader community.

“The welcome has been overwhelming,” he expressed.