Time for a fresh page at Christchurch Girls' High

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
Prue Taylor
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STARTING OVER: Christchurch Girls’ High School principal Prue Taylor welcomes year 10 pupils back to the school at an assembly yesterday.

Prue Taylor
REINSTATED: Christchurch Girls’ High School principal Prue Taylor is back at school after being sacked by the school board last year.

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Prue Taylor has put 2012 behind her and is focusing on the future.

The Christchurch Girls' High School principal has welcomed pupils back this week - something that looked unlikely two months ago when she was controversially sacked by the school's board of trustees.

"We've been through a bit of a rough old time, but that is well behind us now and I'm looking forward to a good year," Taylor told year 10 pupils at an assembly yesterday. "It's great to be standing here in front of you."

Taylor was permanently reinstated after mediation with the board last month, but this happened only after an Employment Relations Authority hearing in November found there was a strong case that Taylor's dismissal was procedurally unjustified.

The authority ordered that she be temporarily reinstated until a full hearing could be held, but the board decided to reinstate Taylor permanently and drop the case.

James Margaritis resigned as board chairman after the hearing.

Taylor said she was confident she could still work with the board.

"I think we have a good professional working relationship that we will maintain," she said.

"Rather than sitting around talking and going over things that are in the past, doing something together is a really good way of working positively."

Margaritis is still on the board and Taylor has yet to talk to him.

Taylor said she worked through issues with members of her senior management team, who were critical of her during the authority hearing.

"We are all committed to the school and that is what is really important.

"Because we are professionals, we are able to work together in that way."

None of the senior management team had left, she said.

"When you work closely with people, you want to work harmoniously. I hope very much that we would be able to achieve that."

Board chairwoman Robyn Burgess said the board was made up of professionally focused people who were putting last year behind them.

"It will be business as usual this year. It will be good to focus on what needs to be achieved," she said.

Taylor said the school's roll of 1050 had exceeded expectations.

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