Prin­ci­pal to make his­tory

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - JANE MATTHEWS

A Taranaki high school will see its first fe­male prin­ci­pal in the com­ing year.

Last week Phil Nixon, the chair­man of the Ha¯wera High School’s board of trustees, an­nounced the ap­point­ment of the school’s new prin­ci­pal, Rachel Wil­liams.

Nixon said the board was thrilled with Wil­liams’ ac­cep­tance of the role.

‘‘Rachel is cur­rently a deputy prin­ci­pal at McAu­ley High School in Auck­land,’’ Nixon said.

‘‘She brings with her many of the char­ac­ter­is­tics and at­tributes that the school com­mu­nity in­di­cated they would like to see in the new prin­ci­pal of Ha¯ wera High School.’’

Hans Kon­lech­ner was the last prin­ci­pal - he was the 10th per­son to hold the role since 1901 and the 10th male.

Kon­lech­ner was the prin­ci­pal for al­most eight years and in­tro­duced top­ics and cour­ses that worked for all of his stu­dents.

Wil­liams said she was de­lighted to be join­ing the Ha¯ wera com­mu­nity.

‘‘I feel very hum­bled to have been ap­pointed prin­ci­pal of Ha¯ wera High School, a school that has proudly served the com­mu­nity for 98 years,’’ she said.

I look for­ward to work­ing with the staff, stu­dents and fam­i­lies to pro­vide qual­ity learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.’’

Her spe­cial­ist teach­ing area is math­e­mat­ics. She has taught at Rose­hill College in Pa­pakura and McAu­ley High School in O¯ ta¯huhu.

Wil­liams has worked at her cur­rent school, McAu­ley High School, for the past 15 years, The school was the 2016 re­cip­i­ent of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Supreme Award for Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­cel­lence. This award recog­nised de­vel­op­ments in NCEA pass rates as well as the pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships her school had de­vel­oped within the com­mu­nity.

Wil­liams re­cently com­pleted her Mas­ters of Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship and has also com­pleted nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment cour­ses that look for in­no­va­tive ways to meet the chang­ing needs of stu­dents.

She plans to be­come an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing the many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties on the door step of South Taranaki.’’

Wil­liams will of­fi­cially start as Ha¯ wera High School prin­ci­pal on Mon­day Jan­uary 29 2018.


Rachel Wil­liams will be the first fe­male prin­ci­pal at the 98-year-old high school.

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