Taylor absent from prizegiving

Last updated 12:49 11/12/2012
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Iain McGregor
REINSTATED: Principal Prue Taylor was absent from the CGHS prize-giving.

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Reinstated Christchurch Girls' High School principal Prue Taylor was absent from last night's prizegiving and received barely a mention.

The school board's chairwoman, Robyn Burgess, speaking at the well-attended event at the CBS Canterbury Arena, did not refer to the dispute that has shown deficiencies in the board's processes.

Acting principal Peter Sawyer thanked Taylor for her help with the year 13 pupils, but she was a brief item in a long list of thank-yous.

Georgia Lentjes, head prefect of Acland House, was the only speaker to talk at any length about Taylor and she thanked her for her support and help for the boarders.

Parents interrupted her speech at that point with applause.

One parent said she was disappointed Taylor could not attend the prizegiving.

Taylor will return to the school on Thursday. The term ends today.

Deb Parr, whose daughter is a year 13 prefect, said she was disappointed that Taylor was not at the prizegiving.

"It would have been just a lovely wrap for the girls. She always gives a really uplifting speech and [is] really encouraging of the girls," she said.

Sawyer said the prizegiving was a "private school function with a focus on celebrating student achievement and success, open to the students and their families".

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