Principal for a Day 2010


What is Principal for a Day?

Principal for a Day is an initiative in which a business leader shadows a school principal for a day.  It gives Business and Community Leaders an insight into the Principal's world (a real "eye-opener" for many), and an opportunity to see where business can help schools in areas such as mentoring, sharing technologies, work experience opportunities and careers advice. Further areas of assistance include planning, meetings, staff and professional development possibilities, speaking to school children and providing an opportunity for principals to have a return visit to the leader's company - that is to become an Executive for a Day!

Smart Waikato acknowledges COMET as the organisation that originally brought Principal For a Day to New Zealand.

Smart Waikato recently organised the third Principal For a Day event in the Waikato, where 23 business and community leaders were matched with Principals from around the region to shadow the Principal For a Day.

The day is designed to bring together schools and the business world at a leadership level so that closer links can be forged between the two sectors, creating opportunities for both schools and businesses to benefit and professional development opportunities for teachers in the business world to become available.

It is a day very much valued by of Smart Waikato. The business leaders get to experience first-hand the issues that school principals face, as well as their challenges and triumphs. In turn, the school principal is encouraged to visit the Business leaders work at their invitation and hopefully work experience opportunities for school students will ensue.  An example of this is St Paul's Collegiate's technology teachers visit to Milfos.

One “Principal For a Day” said, “I was blown away by the complexities of running a school and the breadth of issues a headmaster deals with in a day. “ For the first time this year in addition to secondary schools being involved, some intermediates and primary schools were included in the line-up and schools were involved from as far afield at Whangamata and Taumarunui. The day culminated in a reception at Wintec, which combined with the Young Enterprise Scheme Trade Fair.

For further information please contact Mary Jensen. See photos from the day, and from the reception held later that evening to celebrate the event.


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Smart Waikato acknowledges COMET as the organisation that originally brought Principal For a Day to New Zealand.