Tasman Leader : July 30th 2015
tasmanleader.co.nz The Leader Tasman edition Richmond I Waimea I Murchison I Mapua I Motueka I Golden Bay Thursday, July 30, 2015 In your community: Guilt-free takeaway P3 Need to know: Hamish©s to fight on P4 Motueka principal an old boy New Motueka High School principal John Prestidge. PHOTO: ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ ALASTAIR PAULIN Twenty-eight years ago John Prestidge stood on the stage at Motueka High School as the newly crowned Talent Quest winner. On the first day of term four, he will return as the school's new principal. Winning the Talent Quest with his rendition of James Taylor's Sweet Baby James was one of the highlights of what the 45-year-old assistant principal at Nelson College said was his ''golden'' year. He also captained Motueka's First XV, earned an A bursary and had his first date with the Motueka High School student who is now his wife, Sharon Prestidge. He is one of three assistant principals at Nelson College, where he holds portfolios for the academic curriculum and inter- national students. Prior to that role he was the head of the English Department at the school, and he has also taught at Tapawera Area School and Taihape College. Ian Palmer, the chairman of Motueka High School's Board of Trustees, said Prestidge, who was also a recent school parent, had ''very strong links to the school and we're excited about it''. Prestidge was one of three short-listed candidates who pres- ented at the school on Friday. The trio were put through their paces by the school's student council and senior leadership team and presented to the school staff. Palmer said there had been strong interest in the position. Nelson College principal Gary O'Shea said Prestidge was a good leader who was a ''classic servant leader''. Calling him the ''cement in the organisation'', he said he was empathetic, flexible, accessible and supportive. Prestidge said he was ''very excited about the opportunity. I am inheriting a school in very good shape and it is a huge res- ponsibility for me that I just don't maintain it but that it grows in student achievement.'' Prestidge lives in Ruby Bay with his wife who is the deputy principal at Mapua School. He has two adult children, one of whom attended Motueka High School, as well as two younger children. The Future Class band from Garin College perform at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal. PHOTO: MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ Nelson acts make cut for quest WANT MORE? See info at sfrq.co.nz or facebook.com/thesfrq Two local bands are among Smokefreerockquest entrants who have made it through to the top 30 acts for 2015, from just on 700 entries. Garin College's Future Class and Tetra from Nelson College for Girls are among the 20 bands who, along with the 10 solo and duo acts, will be narrowed down by a panel of music industry judges before the final six bands and three soloists and duos are announced tomorrow. SFRQ founder and director Pete Rainey said selecting the national finalists was always a challenge. ''With support from their schools, great role models on the Kiwi music scene and a lot of creativity and dedication, we're seeing a very high standard indeed from the bands and solo/ duos at this level of the event,'' he said. ''It highlights that there's a lot more to Smokefreerockquest than just writing a song. They need the whole package -- songwriting, performance and presentation, which is realistic preparation for making a career in the music industry.'' The finalists will play-off in the Raye Freedman Centre at Epsom Girls Grammer in Auckland on September 11, while those acts that did not make the final cut will be contenders for the People's Choice award.
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