James Hargest College Southland


Secondary (Years 7–15) / wharekura, Principal

English, Health and physical education, Learning languages, Mathematics and statistics, Science, Social sciences, Technology, Te reo Māori, The arts

Listed 10:53 am 02 October 2019
Closes 5pm 04 November 2019
Vacancy reference #: 1H9zvC

Our college is one of the most high-performing and well-managed secondary schools in New Zealand. Established in North Invercargill in 1958, it is a decile 8, coeducational, Y7–13 school with a roll of over 1,840 multicultural students and is proud of its 4/5 year ERO review.

Students are expected to demonstrate the values expressed in 'The Hargest Way' and engage in a broad range of academic, sporting, cultural, leadership and service opportunities. The college enjoys a high level of community support and truly values the special place of Tikanga Māori whilst fully embracing all aspects of cultural diversity.

Our new principal:

  • Will exhibit the determination to deliver the strategic vision for the college in collaboration with the board, whilst balancing traditional values with the necessary next steps needed to meet future demands
  • Will lead a high-performing management team, continue to raise performance standards for staff and students, inspire and empower the dedicated teaching staff and take overall responsibility for school finances, the property portfolio and marketing profile of the school both locally and abroad
  • Will be a proven educational leader with a strong focus on academic achievement who will inspire the development of the intellectual, emotional and social potential within every student
  • Will carry the mana of this prestigious position while being accessible and empathetic with the school community. You will be a gifted public speaker, calm under pressure, take a reasoned and thoughtful approach to discipline and be capable of making difficult decisions when necessary.

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Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.

How to apply

Contact Kris at BlackCat Education for an application pack at For confidential enquiries please contact:

Jacqui Matthews-Harris, Director, Blackcat Education
(027) 520 0201

Vacancy link:

Vacancy reference #:1H9zvC

Listed 10:53 am 02 October 2019
Closes 5pm 04 November 2019

School details

James Hargest College

Type: Secondary (Year 7-15)
Authority: State
Gender: Co-Ed
Decile: 8
Roll: 1830

School number: 552
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Physical address:
282 Layard Street, Invercargill

Postal Address:
282 Layard Street, Waverley, Invercargill, 9810