Prin­ci­pal pas­sion­ate about com­mu­nity

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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.’’

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