Farewell to Alfriston

Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013
MOVING ON: Foundation staff member and departing Alfriston College principal Susan Impey feels the time is right to move on to a different challenge.

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Susan Impey has seen Alfriston College flourish over the course of 10 years.

Now, after seven years as its principal, she has decided her time is up.

Ms Impey was appointed principal in 2007 after starting at the school as a foundation deputy principal in 2003.

Alfriston College opened in 2004, along with Botany Downs Secondary College, and was one of the first state secondary schools to open in Auckland since 1979.

Ms Impey says she has seen the school become more established over time.

"It's changed from 12 staff and 170 students to about 85 teachers and 35 support staff," she says.

She never intended to become the principal but took on the role for the wellbeing of the school.

"The school needed [someone] to ensure the vision could be embedded," she says.

That vision is for students to "belong, learn, succeed" and to have a "zest" for learning, she says.

And the vision is now established enough for her to step down.

"It feels right to leave. The journey will continue and it doesn't need me there."

Her new role will be at King's College as the director of staff services, looking after human resources and staff development, one of her key passions.

But a part of her will always remain with Alfriston.

"Once Alfriston College whanau, always Alfriston College whanau," she says.

Board of trustees chairwoman Teri Harnell says that whoever the board decides to appoint as the next principal will have big shoes to fill.

"The school has a very strong foundation," she says.

"We need to make sure we get someone to continue on Susan's work."

Ms Impey's last day is tomorrow.

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