Principal for a Day 2012

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The practical outcomes of a programme designed to bridge the gap between education and business are being applauded by this year’s participants.

About 30 secondary and intermediate schools in the region recently hosted business leaders as part of the high profile Principal for a Day initiative.

Project manager Sally Birch said the programme, in its fifth year, gave business and community leaders a valuable insight into school management and helped bridge the path to employment for students.

“This year we’ve seen everything from job opportunities for students to a school partnering with a not-for-profit helping the community. A young directors’ group is also in the process of being established. It’s fantastic to see the practical benefits of this programme coming to light,” Sally said.

The principal project has become a “must-do” for principals from throughout the region, with all participants this year rating the experience highly.

“It’s great to see this initiative has become such an integral part of the school year. Principals rarely have the time to mix in business circles so this is one good way for them to make connections with the workforce their students will one day be part of.”


Margaret Devlin, Waikato Institute of Directors and Vicky McLennan, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Geoff Furniss, BBC Technologies and Roger Evans, Stafford Engineering and Smart Waikato Trustee

Andrew Boyd, Healthshare, Clive Hamill, Melville High School, Les Roa Longveld

Sally Birch and Mary Jensen, Smart Waikato

Cor Bezuidenhout, Hamilton Christian School and Nic Greene, Habitat for Humanity

David Cooke, Melville Intermediate, Tanya Thompson, St Andrews Middle School and Michael Cox, Chair Sky City Community Trust

Aroha Te Kanawa, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Robyn Roa, Ngaruawahia High School, Les Roa, Longveld

Linda Radosinska, Young Workers Resource Centre, Dr Rose Black, Poverty Action Waikato, Sally Birch, Smart Waikato, Kylie Zinsli, Young Workers Resource Centre

Colin Driller, Te Kauwhata College and Sandra Perry, Waikato Chamber of Commerce

John Walker and Teresa Thompson, Thames-Coromandel Community Board

Justin Hare, University of Waikato and Sally Birch, Smart Waikato