Principal Recruitment Update 2nd August 2020 - from the Board of Trustees
Kia ora e te whānau whanui o Rātā Kura,
It's been some time since the last principal recruitment update (just over 6 weeks) and we are making good progress with the recruitment process. As such, we thought it was time to give our wider school community a brief update.
As you may know, our ad for the Principal role went up on the Education Gazette and on our website, along with a link to a video (which we also shared on our Facebook page), on the first Monday of the school holidays.
Over the holidays and first couple of weeks of term we have had a good level of interest, and our leadership team (Glenda and Louise) have shown a few interested folk around. My thanks to both of them for managing this - it's a really important way for potential applicants to get a feel for the school, but I know it was a big time commitment at an already busy time! They've indicated to me that those they walked through were very positive about the vibe of the school.
They also noted that interested applicants were very positive about the video we put together to show off/give a flavour of our school, and show the voice of our school community around what we are looking for in a new school leader. Thanks to those parents who stared in the video, and to all those who allowed their children to star, helping give a vibrant sense of our school. A particular shout out to Andy Mitchell and Trish Sopaga - who really did the heavy lifting in bringing it all together. if you missed the video, here's the link: https://youtu.be/N7L_K_O4eKo
On Friday, applications for the role closed. We received 11 applications, which shows a high level of interest (given the amount of work to put an application together. Shortlisting will take place over the next week, and we are on track to interview at the end of week 5 (Saturday 22 August). Through shortlisting, we hope to identify three (or possibly four) candidates that we would like to interview.
Thanks for your patience as we work through this important process for our school.
Board Chair, for the Board of Trustees
Principal Recruitment Update 6th July 2020
The vacancy has been advertised and the Board are accepting applications - please see the link Vacancy Details
Principal Recruitment Update 22nd June 2020 - from the Board of Trustees
Kia ora e te whānau,
As you all know we are losing Dave, our beloved principal of 18 years. This means we have the important and challenging task of finding a new Principal to lead our school for the next season.
The Board is working with the School leaders, and a principal recruitment expert, to help us run a good process and to ensure we manage this transition well.
A key part of this is hearing from you, our school community, about what you think is important in a school leader, and what you love about school or hope for, so we can let applicants know what kind of person we are looking for. To help us with this, please complete the following Survey monkey (if you haven’t already) by next Friday the 26th of June: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8ZB9PQM
Board members are also collecting perspectives from our staff and students around what is important in our school and what qualities we need in a new school leader. We’re planning to put together a brief video to go with our application pack that will show applicants what a special place this is, and that we want a very special person to lead our school.
Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, our progress with the recruitment process got off to a slow start.
To make sure we don’t have to rush our decision, the Board have asked our Deputy Principal Glenda Stewart to step in as Acting Principal in term four, supported by Louise Thomson and Trish Sopoaga (as Acting Deputy and Assistant Principals).
Our thanks to Glenda and the team for ensuring we have stability through this transitional period.
The key dates for the recruitment process are as follows:
Board Chair, for the Board of Trustees