Appointment of a New Principal


Rangiora High School has been consulting on the qualities and attributes needed in our new Principal.


The Commissioner has been working with the Rangiora High School Community Reference Group to set up a transparent appointment process and to ensure that there is strong community involvement in that process. This is very important as a new Principal is a critical appointment for any school and its community.


The Community Reference Group is made up of 16 people including senior students, parents and community members, senior school leaders and a contributing primary school Principal.


The Community Reference Group has been fully involved in the development of the new strategic plan and has provided the Commissioner with a valuable link to the wider community.


To ensure strong community representation in the process the Commissioner delegated responsibility to the Community Reference Group for the development of the guiding Principal appointment document - the Person Specification (which includes desired/essential skills and attributes).


In order to do this a series of consultation opportunities have recently occured. These include:

  • Head Students leading the consultation with all students.
  • The Community Reference Group sending an online survey to all parents/caregivers and a range of community representatives.
  • A process to gather the views of all staff regarding what type of leader they think would best suit the school. This has been planned and overseen by representatives from support staff, classroom teachers and middle managers.
  • The Community Reference Group has consulted with the 16 local principals who are in partnership with Rangiora High School through Puketeraki, the Rangiora Community of Learning (COL), to ensure the views of our contributing schools are considered.
  • The Community Reference Group has also consulted with local businesses, Waimakariri District councillors and Rangiora-Ashley Community Board members.
  • There will also be meetings with whānau classes and Ngāi Tuahuriri.


All of the views will be fed back to the Community Reference Group who will develop the Person Specification, which will form the criteria for the advertisement, referee checking and interviews.


Once this is developed and agreed the Commissioner will hand over the process to an external recruitment agency with significant educational experience to put together the recruitment package and begin advertising and shortlisting.


The Community Reference Group is confident that this will provide a comprehensive process that reflects the views of the school’s stakeholders and will lead to a successful outcome for the school, its students and its community.


The anticipated appointment timeline is:

  • Consultation with students, staff, parents and community – completed by 6 March to enable groups to review feedback, and write and refine the Person Specification by 15 March.
  • Advertisement ready to be submitted to the Education Gazette (this is the official jobs publication for schools) and other media by 17 March.
  • Education Gazette published on 27 March.
  • Applications close 20 April.
  • Short listing, referee checking and interviews will be completed early May.


The Commissioner hopes to complete the appointment process and appoint the new Principal early in Term 2 (early May). The new Principal would then commence work at the beginning of Term 3 (late July).



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