Bo­vaird re­signs after 15 years as school prin­ci­pal

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More teach­ing man­power is needed to ad­dress the na­tion’s teacher short­age, a long­stand­ing Auck­land high school prin­ci­pal says.

Lyn­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal Steve Bo­vaird said teacher shortages had been one of his biggest chal­lenges in the 15 years he’s been a prin­ci­pal.

‘‘When you ad­ver­tise for a job there’s not a lot of ap­pli­cants ap­ply­ing for a teach­ing po­si­tion - and that’s right across Auck­land,’’ Bo­vaird said.

‘‘Re­search tells us is that the most im­por­tant thing to help­ing young peo­ple achieve is to have high qual­ity teach­ers in ev­ery class­room.

‘‘What I’d like to see is a sit­u­a­tion where we have peo­ple bang­ing on our doors want­ing to come and teach.’’

Bo­vaird re­tires as prin­ci­pal at the end of term one in April, mark­ing the end of a 41 year ca­reer in teach­ing.

He said the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion should con­sider teacher stu­dent ra­tio pro­jec­tions for the fu­ture as well as work on en­cour­ag­ing more teach­ers into train­ing pro­grammes.

Bo­vaird said teach­ers should also be pro­vided with more op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­cen­tives to up­skill.

‘‘Bring­ing in over­seas teach­ers has been won­der­ful for our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, how­ever we should be at­tract­ing more lo­cals into teacher train­ing and en­cour­ag­ing them to stay in teach­ing.’’

Bo­vaird’s colour­ful teach­ing ca­reer be­gan as a ge­og­ra­phy, so­cial stud­ies and his­tory teacher at Mt Roskill Gram­mar School 41 years ago. He also taught at Hen­der­son High School and Birken­head Col­lege be­fore he joined Lyn­field Col­lege as deputy prin­ci­pal.

‘‘I have been so grate­ful to the sup­port I had from the won­der­ful teach­ers at Lyn­field, and I will miss this com­mu­nity very much.’’

TORIKA TOKALAU/FAIR­FAX NZ

Lyn­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal Steve Bo­vaird is re­tir­ing after 15 years on the job.

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