Principal for a Day 2008

COMET Principal for a Day 2008

Participants scored the day at an average of 9 out of 10.


Dale Williams, Mayor of Otorohanga District and Marion Harvey, Acting Principal of Otorohanga College.


Roger Evans, CEO Stafford Engineering Ltd, with students at Fairfield College

Mike Pohio, CEO Tainui Holdings - Susan Hassall, Headmaster Hamilton Boys' High School

Roger Usmar, Fonterra - Hub Operations Manager Te Rapa, Maungateroto and Kauri Sites - Vicky McLennan, Principal Waikato Diocesan School for Girls


Mark Dewdney, CEO LIC and Mary Ann Baxter, Principal Hamilton Girls' High School

Owen Embling, MD Convex Plastics - Ray Scott, Principal St John's College

Terry Prately, CEO Industrial Valve Engineering - Elgin Edwards, Principal Tokoroa High School

Comments and Feedback from COMET Principal for a Day 2008

2008 participants noted the positive outcomes from the day:

CEO: Best thing - "opportunity for business to gain a better insight into issues confronting principals in their pursuit of delivering a base of employment and society"
CEO: opportunity " share challenges"
Principal: "advice and mentor support"
CEO: "building/strengthening relationships with the industry and different areas of the school (technology, careers, transition to work)
CEO: "sharing experiences with Principal about dealing with change programmes"
CEO: "we have reconnected with some of the technology teachers and can provide assistance to this area"
Principal: "we are keen to keep a ‘mentoring' style of relationship going where I can utilise the CEO as a "sounding board", as my team can!"
Principal: "number of clear ideas for promoting our school"
Principal: "Linking our students via apprenticeship scheme"
CEO: "my company and the school will be investigating the potential to collaborate in some form for student work experience"

CEO: "That our company can play a beneficial part in the development of young students ... technology exchange, information on leading edge technologies ...materials information..."
CEO: "there is an absolute willingness for schools to engage"
CEO: "how tough the job of Principal is!"
Principal: noteworthy "...the link he made with the boys and the conversations about future career choices/preparation"

"Potentially extremely valuable"
"A great concept"
" was very good to reconnect with some of the teachers that have had an association with my company, as over the years this has dwindled..."
"A good day all round"
"An enriching experience for all"