School puts focus on children

Heretaunga Intermediate says its focus remains on keeping its pupils "central to all that is happening in our school" as it works to deal with concerns regarding a teacher's criminal convictions.

School teacher Amanda Jane Scott, 42, plead guilty to a charge of theft at Hastings District Court on Tuesday, in relation to an incident last year where she took a pair of sunglasses left behind by a customer at Hastings Mitre 10.

Scott also has an historical conviction of aggravated robbery, and spent time in Christchurch Prison at the age of 22.

Yesterday Heretaunga Intermediate principal David Lunny and Board of Trustees chairperson Lynda Allen released a statement to Hawke's Bay Today.

"The Board of Trustees and staff want to assure the community we are maintaining a focus on supporting our learners to continue positively and ensure our children are central to all that is happening in our school. The matter is being dealt with by the employers in the appropriate professional manner."

The statement did not contain any further detail.

An attempt to contact Scott yesterday was unsuccessful.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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