Dunstan High School gets new principal
A former Queenstown-Lakes principal is returning to the region to take up the principal’s job at Dunstan High School.
Reece Goldsmith, who is currently the principal at Mackenzie College in Fairlie, will start at the Alexandra high school in Term 1, 2017.
Board of Trustees chair Wendy Robertson said they received applications from highcalibre applicants and Goldsmith’s leadership style, his experience and energy would ensure Dunstan continued to be at the forefront of education for 21st-century learners.
Goldsmith said his wife, Kira and two sons, Thomas, 11, and Oliver, 10, enjoyed a wide range of sporting and outdoor pursuits and they were looking forward to making the most of the environment and communitybased activities.
‘‘While I absolutely love the school and community within which I currently work, I am ready to step up to the challenge of leading a bigger school, with the different challenges that this brings.
‘‘Also while our family has loved living in Fairlie, my wife and I had a desire to move to a slightly bigger town that retains that wonderful rural feel. We also love the Central Otago landscape and being a family that loves the outdoors, I am not sure there are too many better places to live.’’
Goldsmith went to Otago University as a student and also taught at Wakatipu High School from 1999 to 2002, so had ‘‘some familiarity’’ with the region, he said.
Robertson said they would farewell Brent Russell, whose leadership enabled Dunstan to be a successful community school, meeting the needs of its learners.
Reece Goldsmith will be Dunstan High School’s new principal from 2017.