Salford relief principal settles into school

23:03, Feb 10 2014
Salford School relief principal Kevin Orlowski
EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR: Salford School relief principal Kevin Orlowski with pupils, from left, Rian Kiyas, 8, Emma Faherty, 9, and Xanthe Smith, 9.

Former Wakatipu High School principal Kevin Orlowski has stepped in as relief principal at the embattled Salford School.

The experienced educator started at the Invercargill primary school this month and has spent the past week settling into the school community.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my first week," he said.

He was unsure how long he would be in the role.

After retiring from Wakatipu High School in 2009, Mr Orlowski spent time in the Middle East, including a year teaching at an international school in Kuwait, which he said had been a "different" experience.

He has since worked as a senior adviser for the Ministry of Education on the establishment board of Shotover Primary School, and for the past three months has been relief principal at Waiau Area School.

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Teacher Jo Griffin has been appointed deputy principal of Salford School.

Principal Marlene Campbell was suspended in November by former limited statutory manager Peter Macdonald.

The suspension was upheld by the Employment Relations Authority at a hearing in December.

It remains unclear when or if Ms Campbell will return to the school as principal.

The Southland Times