Leading a Culturally Sustaining School

Professional development (PD) New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 27 July 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA9HH

With increasingly diverse communities and a greater awareness of the responsibility of schools to demonstrate a deep commitment to New Zealand’s bi-cultural partnership, being culturally sustaining is no longer a choice, it is an imperative; and what a privileged and powerful position school leaders are in to significantly address the inequality, disadvantage and marginalisation that does exist in our country. However, this can feel like very fragile ground and school leaders can often feel out of their depth. This course will provide ideas, and support as well as challenge for school leaders who are on this journey.

Who will benefit from this course?

This workshop is for school leaders - principals and senior leaders - who are committed to ensuring their school is a sustaining place for all students regardless of their identities, but may feel inadequate or overwhelmed by the task. It is not for the fainthearted because it is likely to challenge some deep seated beliefs. 


Where: Amesbury School, Wellington

Length: Full day, 9.30am–4.30pm

WhenMonday, 19 October

Price: 1 day – $295.                 

Details: Morning tea, lunch and refreshments provided

Places available: 15

Register: Registration Form 

You will leave the course with greater knowledge and understanding of leading a culturally sustaining school, an increased commitment to actually doing it, and a plan to get started and some tools and resources to help you.


Dr Lesley Murrihy: has been the principal of a decile 1 school with 85% Māori students and is currently the principal of a highly multicultural decile 10 school in the suburbs of Wellington. 

Urs Cunningham: Urs is acting principal of Amesbury School for 2020. She will share her own stories of becoming a more culturally aware leader and what has assisted her own growth and development.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

19 October 2020 – 19 October 2020

Further information

Contact: Lesley Murrihy

 (021) 302 703