Step up for new St Theresa’s principal
Donna McDonald’s career in education began when she became involved with the board of trustees at the school her children attended.
‘‘I guess being involved just sparked an interest,’’ said the new principal of St Theresa’s School in Plimmerton.
McDonald was on the board of trustees at St Francis Xavier School in Tawa. Ironically, when she decided to go down the teaching route, she eventually became deputy principal at the school.
She moved from that position at St Francis Xavier into the vacant principal spot at St Theresa’s in term one.
‘‘I waited for the right school at the right time,’’ McDonald said.
She has been involved in the education sector for about 20 years and is excited to get her first principal gig.
‘‘I came to it a bit later than most, but I’m fortunate to have a job that is so varied and rewarding. Everyone has been very supportive.’’
McDonald went to Teachers College’ in 1998 and has since spent 14 years as a teacher, and eight as a deputy principal.
She said she loved the fact that her new position was so rewarding and was really looking forward to what was ahead.
‘‘It’s a cliche to say we make a difference, but the truth is we do,’’ she said.
She is being mentored by Jan Win, a recently retired principal from Bellevue School, as part of the First-time Principals’ Programme.
The Tawa resident said there was a fantastic team at St Theresa’s School.
She is also part of the Parumoana Primary Principals’ and Catholic Principals’ associations.
‘‘I love the really tight community and having the church on site.’’
McDonald said one of her goals was to push ahead with e-learning and upgrading devices around the school to better help pupils learn.
Another was to relationships with parents and teachers.
St Theresa’s School has 174 pupils.
build pupils, The St Theresa’s Catholic School carnival in Plimmerton takes place on April 9, 11am till 3pm.
Donna McDonald, the new St Theresa’s School principal.