CGHS board disappoints parents

Last updated 13:29 09/12/2012
Prue Taylor
Iain McGregor
REINSTATED: Principal Prue Taylor was absent from the CGHS prize-giving.

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Parents of girls attending Christchurch Girls' High School are disappointed they only learned the date of their principal's return through the media. 

Dr Mark Smith, a spokesman for a group of concerned parents, said the group was "disappointed by the lack of communication from the CGHS Board of Trustees."

"We were assured at the CGHS Board meeting in November that parents are considered by the board to be key stakeholders.

"However, on Saturday the parent community learned through the media that Prue Taylor is to return to school the day after term ends, which is two days after the end-of-year prizegiving.

"Many parents had hoped communication and engagement would improve with a new chair of the board. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case and that is disappointing," he said. 

Smith said the number of concerned parents was "growing in number each day" but the focus was now on giving Monday's prizegiving ceremony "the respect it deserves."

"We look forward to welcoming Mrs Taylor back on Wednesday and expect the Board of Trustees to work in good faith with all key stakeholders to ensure a stable and constructive school environment.

"The education of our daughters is of the utmost importance, as is the ongoing stability and good reputation of CGHS. Anything that may affect that negatively of course remains a concern to us," Smith said. 

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