New head fulfills her dream to lead school

17:46, Oct 24 2013
Pauline Duthie
DREAM FULFILLED: Pauline Duthie is the new principal of Christchurch Girls' High School, starting in 2014.

Christchurch Girls' High School has a new principal starting in 2014.

The current principal at girls' boarding school Iona College, Pauline Duthie, will be relocating her family from Hawke's Bay to take up the role next year.

After the appointment was announced to both schools yesterday, Duthie told The Press she was excited about the step forward in her career, and fulfilling a long-term dream to lead the Christchurch girls' school.

"I believe passionately in single-sex education. I want to hit the ground running."

She was overwhelmed with the support she had received, including a bouquet of flowers from her future staff. "I am at a loss for words. The warmth of the welcome is truly appreciated."

Duthie studied at Canterbury University and Christchurch Teachers' College, began her career at Burnside High School, and was "familiar with pre-quake Christchurch".

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"It's a place I know and I feel comfortable with."

Christchurch Girls' High School board of trustees chairman Mike Lay said Duthie was appointed to lead the school after a "long and thorough" recruitment process following the resignation of former principal Prue Taylor.

"The thing that impressed us with Pauline is that she comes from a school that has high expectations. She has shown some real vision and has been able to carry out that vision and achieve results."

He was looking forward to working with her in creating a new vision for the school, especially after the "difficult time" in 2012.

Taylor was dismissed last November with the previous school board citing "issues and tensions", but was reinstated after the Employment Relations Authority found the sacking was "procedurally, and possibly substantively unjustified".

Then after being principal for nearly 13 and a half years, Taylor resigned in April.

"It's really good to be putting some of the issues of the past behind us and we as a board are just looking forward," new board chairman Lay said.

The Press