New school, new prin­ci­pal

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - ALAS­TAIR LYNN

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.

PHOTO: ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Western Springs College prin­ci­pal Ken Hav­ill is call­ing it quits af­ter 19 years at the helm.

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