Sign at the Queenstown Primary School. Photo by ODT.
A principal with a passion for bolstering education
standards will take charge of Queenstown Primary School.
Fiona Cavanagh has been appointed by the board of trustees to
head the decile 10 multicultural school of more than 600
pupils and 60 staff in term two on May 5.
Ms Cavanagh is principal of the decile one Sutton Park
School, which serves the Mangere community in Auckland. She
has two adult daughters and a granddaughter.
Ms Cavanagh was unavailable for comment yesterday.
However, board chairman Noel Saxon said yesterday Ms Cavanagh
had experience from Sutton Park of being a principal of a
culturally diverse school of similar size to Queenstown
Primary and eight years before that in a mid-decile North
Ms Cavanagh ''ticks all the boxes'' of qualities trustees
were looking for from 14 national and international
''She has a high level of enthusiasm, well respected by her
peers, very good feedback from referees, she's passionate
about community and certainly keen to get herself among the
parents,'' Mr Saxon said.
''She's ... done a lot of work to raise the standard of
achievement there, so we're looking forward to her continuing
the good work set up by Lyn [Bird, past principal].''
Dr Bird vacated the position after two and a-half years and
is on leave due to an illness in her family, although she is
working with Queenstown Primary School ''by remote'' and will
help the new principal settle in.
Deputy principal Sandy Cochrane is acting principal until Ms
Cavanagh starts work.