I will not be returning as Principal of this College in 2016. It is time for me to step aside and create an opportunity for the Board to appoint a new leader with new energy and vision to take the school forward over the years ahead. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the students and families of our school since May 2006, but after 21 years as a Principal of two local schools, there does come a time to shed the responsibility and spend a little more time on family and my own interests.
As I said to our junior students this morning, it is the students who have motivated and inspired me over the years. It has been so satisfying to see awkward Year 9’s develop into confident and well qualified Year 13’s and leavers.
I leave a school which has a committed staff, hugely experienced senior leadership team and excellent student achievement in NCEA. All students in our school are known and matter. This school will continue to serve its community well and I will take a keen interest in it from a distance.