Columba College, Dunedin, has appointed its first new
principal in 35 years.
Juliette Hayes, principal of Geraldine High School, will
succeed Elizabeth Wilson, who retires at the end of this
year, the Columba College board of trustees and board of
governors announced yesterday.
Mrs Hayes, who was previously the deputy principal at Waikato
Diocesan School for Girls, will move to Dunedin with her
husband and two children in time to start the 2015 school
Mrs Hayes said she did not have any immediate plans for the
She had a ''collaborative leadership style'' and believed
connection and collaboration with the school community was
''The board has signalled there is an appetite to explore
with the community what the next steps will be,'' she said.
Once that consultation had been completed, plans for the
school would become clearer.
''I'm very much looking forward to what we've got ahead.''
Mrs Hayes, who declined to give her age, was raised in the
high country of the South Island and boarded at Nelson
College for Girls.
She studied at the University of Canterbury and completed a
master's degree at Waikato University.
She has been teaching for 20 years, the past 10 of them in
senior leadership roles.
Columba College board of trustees chairman Steve Addison said
it had been looking for a person who would uphold the
traditions and values of the school while continuing the
development of a leading 21st-century education.
Miss Wilson is one of New Zealand's longest-serving school
principals, having been Columba principal since 1980.
''Thirty-five years is an outstanding contribution to any
organisation, and the way in which the school has grown and
prospered in that time is an absolute credit to Miss
Wilson,'' Mr Addison said.