Feild­ing prin­ci­pal re­signs two years in

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - SAM KILMIS­TER

Feild­ing’s only sec­ondary school is on the look­out for a new prin­ci­pal as Martin O’Grady moves on.

O’Grady leaves Feild­ing High School at the end of term one next year to take up the role of prin­ci­pal at Rathkeale Col­lege in Master­ton.

He came to the Manawatu¯ school last year, af­ter a seven-year stint at Karamu High School in Hast­ings, to re­place Roger Men­zies.

O’Grady said in a state­ment that he had en­joyed ‘‘ev­ery minute’’ at Feild­ing High School.

‘‘How­ever, the po­si­tion at Rathkeale is unique and ex­cit­ing and one I am look­ing for­ward to.

‘‘While it is hard to leave Feild­ing High School, this is made eas­ier by the knowl­edge that the stu­dents at the school are achiev­ing great things and will con­tinue to do so.’’

Board of Trus­tees chair­woman Ellen Bartlett ac­knowl­edged the fo­cus O’Grady had placed on aca­demic achieve­ment.

O’Grady also over­saw rede­vel­op­ment of the school farms, started a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the school’s prop­erty and in­fras­truc­ture, and main­tained the school’s high level of achieve­ment in sport, cul­ture and art, Bartlett said.

O’Grady’s re­place­ment will be named next year.

‘‘We are con­fi­dent that the school is very well placed for the fu­ture and ex­pect to at­tract an­other ca­pa­ble prin­ci­pal who can build on the strong foun­da­tion that ex­ists.’’

O’Grady grew up on his fam­ily’s sheep and beef farm on the East Coast. He has a de­gree in agri­cul­ture from Massey Univer­sity and a post-grad­u­ate diploma in teach­ing from Palmer­ston North’s Teach­ing Col­lege.

He also has a post-grad­u­ate diploma in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

At Hast­ings Boys’ High School, he taught bi­ol­ogy, sci­ence, agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture.

He then moved to Lind­is­farne Col­lege and ran a se­nior board­ing school, be­fore be­ing ap­pointed as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for four years. In 2008, O’Grady be­came prin­ci­pal of Karamu High School.

In 2014, he won a Na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship Award and grant.

He is mar­ried to Sarah, a kinder­garten teacher, and they have two chil­dren - Ge­or­gia, a teacher, and Sam, a law stu­dent. He is also a Jus­tice of the Peace.

He leaves for Rathkeale Col­lege, where he re­places longserv­ing prin­ci­pal Willy Ker­sten.

KEVIN STENT/STUFF

Martin O’Grady will leave Feild­ing High School at the end of term one next year.

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