Dun­stan High School gets new prin­ci­pal

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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Reece Gold­smith will be Dun­stan High School’s new prin­ci­pal from 2017.

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