Okaihau acting principal gets top job
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.”