More than a dozen ''high quality'' applications were
received from New Zealand and abroad for the role of principal
of Queenstown Primary School.
Dr Lyn Bird will vacate the position after two and a-half
years due to an illness in her family and has accepted a job
in Christchurch. She is due to finish at the end of the first
Applications for the principal's job closed last week and are
being managed by an Auckland recruitment firm.
A total of 35 application packs were requested from Blackcat
Blackcat head of principal appointments Alan Jermaine, of
Auckland, said the search for Dr Bird's successor was
extensive, covering both New Zealand and international
educators for this ''outstanding school''.
Mr Jermaine said international inquiries came from ex-pat
principals in the United Kingdom and from leaders within
other international schools.
''The difference in salary packages from international
schools to New Zealand schools did result in a number of
potential applicants withdrawing, as they would have had a
major loss of income,'' he said.
''Other potential applicants eventually decided that a shift
from where they were currently employed in New Zealand and
overseas was not the right timing for their families.
''Some people received an application pack, but before
applications closed they had already won another position.''
A total of 14 applicants applied, including six from
overseas, Mr Jermaine said.
''The quality of the applicants is very high, as many of
these have masters degrees or higher and have
led very successful schools in New Zealand and overseas.
''Some of these also have stunning ERO (Education Review
The board of trustees intends to interview shortlisted
candidates on February 8 or 9 for the successful candidate to
begin at the start of the second term.
The largest and most diverse state primary school in Otago
reopened for term one last Wednesday with 613 pupils and 58
staff members, all from 20 nationalities.