New school, new principal
A new face will welcome in New Zealand’s largest school rebuild.
Western Springs College principal Ken Havill has decided step down from his position at the end of 2016.
After 19 years leading the school Havill had planned to initially retire once the rebuild had been completed.
‘‘I’m actually two years short of that because the process took a bit longer than we anticipated,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s actually good for the school because it allows a new principal two years before opening where they can have significant influence on the planning and design.’’
In November 2015 the Government announced it would invest about $79 million into redeveloping at least 80 per cent of the school.
It’s faced considerable geotechnical challenges since it was moved to the former quarry and landfill site in 1964.
When Havill started as a deputy principal in 1990 the school had a roll of about 600 students and a decile 3 rating.
The roll has since more than doubled and now holds a decile 8 rating.
Some of Havill’s biggest highlights include the development of the TAPAC performing arts centre and the growth of the school’s Kura Kaupapa Maori.
A new principal will be announced in term 4.
Western Springs College principal Ken Havill is calling it quits after 19 years at the helm.