Bovaird to step away from Lynfield
In early 2017, over 40 years of experience and leadership will exit the doors of Lynfield College.
Principal Steve Bovaird is preparing to step away from the school after 20 years of service, 15 of which he has stood at the helm.
It’s not a cushy new job that has lured him away, but an opportunity for fresh perspective.
‘‘It was quite a difficult decision to come to but I realised that after 15 years it was time for me to move on and it’s probably a good opportunity for the school to reassess where it’s at,’’ he says.
‘‘There’s big developments ahead in this area over the next 10 years and that needs someone with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.’’
Bovaird has spent much of his career teaching in Mt Roskill.
He began as a geography teacher at Mt Roskill Grammar School followed with stints at Henderson High School and Birkenhead College before settling at Lynfield.
‘‘I never regretted choosing teaching,’’ he says.
‘‘The hustle and bustle of school, getting up in the morning and not knowing what’s going to happen next, that’s what I’m going to miss most.’’
Bovaird says he won’t be leaving education for good, merely taking a step back.
‘‘I am quite keen to go in and help schools where there are issues. Going out and helping schools where principals and senior managers need a bit of support in what they’re doing.’’
During Bovaird’s tenure the college has seen considerable investment in facilities, maintained a 90 per cent retention rate of students through to year 13 and retained a healthy roll when student numbers in Puketapapa dropped dramatically.
‘‘I’m a firm believer that you provide kids with a good physical learning environment and they will respond to that and they will appreciate that.
‘‘We’ve put a lot of school resources into school property just to make sure that it is a good learning environment.’’
But Bovaird admits not all is rosy in education.
‘‘The big problem that we’ve got is recruitment of staff. In most subject areas in high schools that’s a real issue and that’s associated with the cost of living in Auckland.
‘‘That’s an issue that is much bigger than any one school can handle. It’s going to be a challenge but we’ll get through it.’’
Lynfield College principal Steve Bovaird says he will miss the hustle and bustle of school.