US trip gets prin­ci­pal back in the class­room

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

Lyn­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal Steve Bo­vaird is pre­par­ing to get a real taste for the stu­dent life.

He is one of three New Zealand prin­ci­pals to be awarded the Woolf Fisher Fel­low­ship for 2015.

Next year he will spend 10 weeks away, school­ing up on the lat­est in ed­u­ca­tion.

The phi­lan­thropist Woolf Fisher, who also co-founded Fisher & Paykel, es­tab­lished the trust in the 1960s with the goal of en­abling lead­ing New Zealand ed­u­ca­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence for­eign ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems.

Bo­vaird, 60, says it is a ‘‘real hon­our’’ to have his name added to the list.

‘‘I think I am one of the only Lyn­field Col­lege prin­ci­pals in re­cent times to pick up the fel­low­ship,’’ he says.

‘‘As a prin­ci­pal you just get on and do the job and never ex­pect any­thing like this.’’

Peo­ple can’t ap­ply for the fel­low­ship, in­stead trus­tees keep a watchful eye out for wor­thy re­cip­i­ents.

The novel ap­proach is thanks to Sir Woolf’s wishes that the ‘‘magic of sur­prise’’ be as­so­ci­ated with the award’s an­nounce­ment.

Bo­vaird will be head­ing to the famed Har­vard Univer­sity in the United States and will then have the free­dom to travel and some schools.

He says Lyn­field is em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy in the class­room.

‘‘We need to know what other schools are do­ing around dig­i­tal safety – what good ideas are out there that we can bring back here.’’


Bo­vaird has been at Lyn­field Col­lege for 17 years and is look­ing for­ward to get­ting out from be­hind his desk.

‘‘It is great for our stu­dents as well be­cause it shows them that even some­one of my age should con­tinue to learn – we want to cre­ate life-long learn­ers here.’’


Still learn­ing: Lyn­field prin­ci­pal Steve Bo­vaird is ex­cited to be head­ing to the United States as part of his Woolf Fisher Fel­low­ship.

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