Okai­hau act­ing prin­ci­pal gets top job

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The O¯ kai­hau Col­lege Board of Trustees has ap­pointed act­ing prin­ci­pal Tom Dav­i­son to the po­si­tion per­ma­nently.

Mr Dav­i­son is just the fifth prin­ci­pal to lead the school since it was founded in 1973. He suc­ceeds Alan Forgie, who re­tired late last year, and died un­ex­pect­edly in Jan­uary.

Board chair­per­son Janet Gra­ham said a thor­ough, and na­tion­wide process had been con­ducted to re­cruit a new prin­ci­pal, with short­listed ap­pli­cants hav­ing a se­ries of meet­ings and in­ter­views with staff, head stu­dents and the board of trustees.

Mr Dav­i­son had im­pressed the board with his vi­sion for the col­lege, and the board was look­ing for­ward to see­ing that vi­sion be­come a re­al­ity.

“Mr Dav­i­son promotes in­clu­sive­ness and a shared drive for stu­dent suc­cess,” Ms Gra­ham said. “There are many chal­lenges ahead, and we look for­ward to sup­port­ing Mr Dav­i­son as he tack­les them.

“On be­half of the wider col­lege com­mu­nity we con­grat­u­late him on his ap­point­ment.”

There would be a for­mal wel­com­ing cer­e­mony.

Mr Dav­i­son thanked the trustees for their sup­port dur­ing his time as act­ing prin­ci­pal, and their faith in him as the new per­ma­nent ap­pointee.

“I am ex­cited about what we can do to­gether to help our stu­dents reach their con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial,” he said.

“On be­half of O¯ kai­hau Col­lege, I want to extend an in­vi­ta­tion to our com­mu­nity to get in­volved in our kura.

“The more we work to­gether, the more likely our ta­mariki/ mokop­una are likely to gain suc­cess in what­ever they aim to do.

“We also want to pro­mote a sense of be­long­ing in our stu­dents and wha¯nau, be­cause if we feel we be­long, we will be able to gain suc­cess and a sense of pride in the things we have achieved to­gether.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with you all over the com­ing months and years to en­sure our stu­dents achieve the suc­cess they de­serve.”

Thomas Dav­i­son

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