PETER SAWYER ACTING PRINCIPAL
This year has seen a change in leadership at Christchurch Girls’ High School – Te Kura o Hine Waiora. After five years in the role as Principal, Pauline Duthie left the school to take up a new position at Columba College in Dunedin. Until a new Principal was found I had the privilege of leading the school for nearly two terms.
Early in Term 2 Christine O’Neill was appointed to be the fourteenth Principal of our school and began in the role in Term 3 this year. We are looking forward to working with Christine as we all begin the next chapter in our school’s life.
The events of 15 March were disturbing for all and with the school being less than one kilometre from the Al Noor Mosque, the tragic events of that afternoon impacted greatly on us. Difficult times often bring positive outcomes and both during the lockdown and in the subsequent weeks the strengths and positive characteristics of our school community really showed. I have never been prouder of how our students reacted on this day and afterwards in their efforts to support the Muslim community. I would like to highlight three students who after witnessing the appalling treatment of a Muslim student, did not stand back but went to great lengths to stand up for her and what was right. Our school values of Compassion – Aroha; Gratitude – Whai Whakaaro; Honesty – Pono; and Strength – Kaha were never more evident.
I am very pleased to welcome Christine to her role as Principal and am excited to be part of the future that awaits Christchurch Girls’ High School – Te Kura o Hine Waiora.