Viard Col­lege con­firms new prin­ci­pal


Porirua’s Bishop Viard Col­lege has an­nounced a new prin­ci­pal, after the sur­prise de­par­ture of Teresa Cargo ear­lier this year.

Rose SawayaBax­ter, cur­rently prin­ci­pal at Sa­cred Heart Girls’ Col­lege in New Ply­mouth, will take the reins at the be­gin­ning of next year.

She is ex­cited to be tak­ing over the school which im­pressed her at the O’Shea Shield speech com­pe­ti­tion in Hast­ings re­cently.

‘‘I hadn’t come across Bishop Viard be­fore, but I saw the way the ju­nior stu­dents were speak­ing. The pas­sion and joy they were show­ing, along with the support, was im­pres­sive,’’ she said.

‘‘Dur­ing my visit to Viard, a young stu­dent asked me if I needed any help find­ing my way around and the door was held open for me mul­ti­ple times.

‘‘There seems to be a won­der­ful feel­ing and great heart in the school.’’

Sawaya-Baxter said she was not aware of the rea­sons be­hind the sud­den de­par­ture of her pre­de­ces­sor in April.

For­mer Wellington High School prin­ci­pal, Prue Kelly, has been the tem­po­rary head of the school since.

‘‘I didn’t know about that un­til I ap­plied,’’ Sawaya-Baxter said. ‘‘ My fo­cus has been my school and my cir­cle here in New Ply­mouth.’’

Bishop Viard’s Board of Trus­tees chair­man, Al­lan Holden, said there were no out­stand­ing is­sues re­gard­ing Cargo’s em­ploy­ment.

The school was pleased to be mov­ing on to the next chap­ter and it was now fo­cused on driv­ing stu­dent achieve­ment, he said.

Rose Sawaya-Baxter is orig­i­nally from Wellington and said the move was a re­turn home for her and her fam­ily, but she was also look­ing for new chal­lenges.

‘‘It’s the first time in a while I’ve been at a coed school and it’s a school with high Pasi­fika, so I’m look­ing for­ward to that side of the chal­lenge.

‘‘But I do love the school I’m at, so it took a bit of jug­gling to make the decision.

‘‘It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent for me and that’s what I’m look­ing for­ward to.’’

Teresa Cargo

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