Bayfield High School has appointed its first female principal
in the school's 50-year history.
Board of trustees chairman Jeff Clamp announced yesterday
Judith Forbes had been appointed principal.
"Judith is currently the deputy principal at Wanganui High
School, and will bring to Bayfield a passion for providing
excellent teaching, inspiring leadership, caring guidance and
myriad opportunities to develop the very best young adults at
Mr Clamp said Mrs Forbes studied at the University of Otago
and the Dunedin College of Education, and began her teaching
career at The Taieri High School (now Taieri College).
"Judith will become only the fourth principal of Bayfield,
and the first female principal in its 50-year history."
Earlier this year, Mr Clamp paid tribute to the school's
present principal Denis Slowley, who resigned in April.
"Denis will leave with our sincere gratitude, and an
excellent record of achievements, after almost 12 years of
excellent service to both the school and the Dunedin
Mr Slowley resigned after reaching a stage in his life where
he was feeling increasingly compelled to try something
The 63-year-old said he wanted to dedicate more time to
family, finish a doctorate on school leadership at the
University of Otago, and indulge his passion for painting.
Mrs Forbes will take over the principal's position in Term 1