Bo­vaird to step away from Lyn­field

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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.’’

PHOTO: ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Lyn­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal Steve Bo­vaird says he will miss the hus­tle and bus­tle of school.

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