ACG’s new prin­ci­pal wel­comed

Franklin County News - - BUSINESS -

ACG Strathal­lan has wel­comed Danny O’Con­nor as ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal.

O’Con­nor joins the school from his po­si­tion as prin­ci­pal of UWCSEA Dover Cam­pus, in Sin­ga­pore, where he was re­spon­si­ble for 1300 high school stu­dents and 140 staff.

UWCSEA is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for pro­vid­ing a chal­leng­ing, holis­tic, val­ues-based ed­u­ca­tion with an em­pha­sis on aca­demic achieve­ment, team­work and lead­er­ship.

The school’s aca­demic re­sults are among the best in the world.

Orig­i­nally from South Auck­land, O’Con­nor be­gan teach­ing at St Peters Col­lege in Ep­som be­fore mov­ing to the United King­dom and then Hong Kong. He joined UWCSEA in 2011.

He said ACG Strathal­lan’s holis­tic ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion and the unique learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated by hav­ing stu­dents from preschool to year 13 on the same cam­pus were de­ter­min­ing fac­tors in his de­ci­sion to move back to New Zea­land af­ter 18 years abroad.

‘‘I be­lieve pas­sion­ately in pro­vid­ing stu­dents with a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion based on strong core val­ues,’’ he said.

He said it was an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion to be in a lead­er­ship role in ed­u­ca­tion in New Zea­land to­day.

‘‘So many schools are grap­pling with how best to re­spond to a world that is chang­ing at an ex­po­nen­tial rate.

‘‘There is an in­creas­ing fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge and skills that tran­scend tra­di­tional dis­ci­plines. We need to teach stu­dents to be cre­ative, think crit­i­cally and work col­lab­o­ra­tively.’’

O’Con­nor has a Master’s de­gree in Ed­u­ca­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Hong Kong and is an ac­com­plished sports­man who en­joys swim­ming, cy­cling, rugby.

A meet the prin­ci­pal ses­sion will be held on Thurs­day, 6.30pm at ACG Strathal­lan.

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