US trip gets principal back in the classroom
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.