Steve Hall hit the ground running as the new principal of
Wakatipu High School in early September, taking charge of 700
pupils, 70 staff and the shockwaves of a damning Education
Review Office report on senior management and responding to
The months since he took the reins from acting principal Paul
O'Connor had been ''incredibly busy and there's been a lot to
get my head around'', Mr Hall said.
The change at the top continued with the appointment of a new
deputy principal, Oded Nathan. The head of maths since 2010,
dean and board trustee became acting assistant principal,
following the resignation of deputy principal Grant Adolph
after 20 years with the school.
''Oded will bring his experience ... to really making sure
that the school runs very smoothly and consistently day to
day,'' Mr Hall said.
One of the bigger issues looming in 2013 was the school's
strategic plan, which would dominate the first half of the
year and involve consultation, he said.
''That will establish the direction of the school through
to when the school moves.''
In 2017, the school is to move from its central Queenstown
location to Frankton and Remarkables Park.
''In terms of cultural goals of the school, we're really
going to focus on attendance next year. That's an issue in
the school and identified in the survey as an issue.
''We've hosted some senior students with pizza lunches to try
and get their ideas on how we can improve study and
attendance, so we've being trying to get their voice into
that and they've had some really useful things for us, a
number of which we're taking on board.''
Pupil feedback would inform how the school changes its
uniform next year, he said.