Principal passionate about community
Christine MacDonald has taken up the reigns as principal of St Pius X School in Titahi Bay.
Born and raised by Catholic parents in Christchurch, Christine attended Catholic schools and earned a Bachelor of Arts after studying English and psychology at the University of Canterbury.
After growing up in Christchurch, MacDonald moved to Wellington and worked in various roles including market research, and later as a call centre and business consultant. She continued studying while working, and became more involved in Catholic education when her children started school at St Francis Xavier School in Tawa. She worked as a teacher aide, then on the board of trustees, as well as the fundraising com- mittee.
MacDonald has been involved in school life at St Pius X School for more than 10 years, first as a teacher aide, then as a teacher and now principal. She is passionate about the St Pius X School community.
‘‘We are a small school with a big heart. Our focus for teaching and learning is to motivate and challenge children so that they come to school each day excited about possibilities of new learning.
‘‘When children leave our school, our hope is that they leave as life-long learners, equipped with skills in learning as well as with confidence and resilience for whatever the future may bring’’.
Originally set up by the Brigidine sisters, St Pius X School continues to serve the Titahi Bay Catholic Parish.
MacDonald believes Catholic schools give children a solid foundation in the gospel values, with a focus on academic excellence as well as general life skills instilled from this ethos.
‘‘St Pius X School is a warm and welcoming place where family values are at the heart of the school and its wider community.’’
The school mission is: With God’s love, the family and school work together to help students shine as life-long learners.
MacDonald planned to continue the school mission and develop the school further with the focus on student achievement as well as life skills for the 21st century.
St Pius X principal Christine MacDonald: ‘‘We are a small school with a big heart.’’