New principal excited - and ‘a wee bit nervous’

Standing at the gate of Sacred Heart School in Dunedin is new principal Ellen Devaney. PHOTO:...
Standing at the gate of Sacred Heart School in Dunedin is new principal Ellen Devaney. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
Dunedin's Sacred Heart School may be small, but its new principal has big boots to fill.

Former principal Paul Richardson retired after 27 years at the school, while newly appointed principal Ellen Devaney is still in her first week.

Miss Devaney said she was "a wee bit nervous" about the role, but could not wait to meet the children and start tackling the challenges the school had to offer.

She loved being able to spark change in the world and the new role opened her up to "a whole new world" of opportunities.

There were about 40 pupils at the school and the role was a chance to ensure every one of them felt safe, loved and comfortable.

Having a small roll meant she had the chance to get to know each child personally, as well as continue working in the classroom.

She did not want to lose the charm and benefits of a small school, but did hope to grow the roll a little bit.

She had experience as the deputy principal at St Mary’s School in Milton, where she began as a teacher then as the director of religious studies.

Her father was "thrilled" at the appointment, as he had been to Sacred Heart School as a boy.


When i was a pupil way back Sister Rita was boss, and Sister Imelda my Stds 1/2 class teacher. They both believed i should be a priest. If they only knew now!



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