John McGlashan College principal Mike Corkery admires the
inside of the school's new gymnasium, which will be
officially opened in April. It is one of several building
projects to have been completed at the school during his
tenure. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Mike Corkery has not always been a teacher, but his
passion has always been education.
So it should come as no surprise that when the 61-year-old
John McGlashan College principal retires at the end of this
year, he hopes his work in education will continue in some
After nearly 18 years as principal of the college, Mr Corkery
said it was time to ''call it a day''.
''I've been here long enough. It's time to move aside and let
someone else have a go.
''I've been here nearly 18 years. It's been a wonderful
''There's been challenges but it's also been immensely
rewarding. Who could ask for more? It's everything you want
in a job.
''I would like to think I've still got some more work in
education in me yet, but at this stage, it's still too early
to give definitive plans.''
Mr Corkery started teaching in Auckland in 1972 and his first
principalship was at Maniototo Area School.
He later became principal of Tolaga Bay School and Te Kao
Area School, before spending a year working for the Education
Review Office as a reviewer.
He then went back to the University of Otago and completed an
MBA before beginning a job in contract work for an Auckland
But the pull of education was too strong, and he returned to
the sector to deliver Ministry of Education contracts in
management and leadership training to schools in Otago and
''Then I was asked to consider applying for the principal's
job at John McGlashan in 1995.''
He has never looked back.
''I'm going to miss the vibrancy of a boys' school that's
''I'm going to miss the collegiality of staff who are excited
about boys' education and seeing young men going on to do
something special and significant with their lives.
''I get great satisfaction from that.
''I'll definitely make the most of the next 12 months.''
Mr Corkery will travel to the United States on sabbatical
during term 2, to research issues around inspirational
leadership and coaching in respect of professional
On his return, the board of trustees would begin the process
of finding his replacement, he said.