Tokomairiro High School Otago

Principal, U4

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 1:14 PM 10 September 2021
Closes Midday 18 October 2021
Vacancy reference #: 1HAPYr

We are seeking a new principal to lead our thriving little school, with the incumbent retiring at the end of this year after 8 years of excellent service.

Tokomairiro High School is located in the South Otago town of Milton, about 40 minutes south of Dunedin. As well as Milton itself, we serve a wide rural area including Lake Waihola. Whilst  we are a service centre for farming and forestry, there are also some significant industries based here, including McLay Boats Ltd and Calder Stewart Industries. We are within very easy reach of the beautiful Catlins, Central Otago, and Dunedin City.

The school is well established, with a roll of around 240, a FTTE of about 26, and 20 non-teaching support staff. An offsite facility (Tokomairiro Training) is operated by the school, providing Foundation level, Youth Guarantee and Alternative Education programmes.

We are looking for a tumuaki with credible experience at a senior level, either an experienced or an aspiring principal ready for a new challenge. The Board and staff are looking for someone with these qualities: 

  • Gets to know students individually, and becomes involved in their activities
  • Values the partnerships so essential between a local school and its community
  • The ability to balance firmness and challenge, with compassion and support
  • Has clarity of vision, and the courage to tackle the complex issues facing all schools
  • Is personable and builds great relationships with students and adults
  • Knows how to balance decisiveness and collaboration
  • Supportive of culturally responsive practice at all levels. 

A principal’s residence is available at a very modest rental, adding to the attractiveness of this opportunity.  We will only be considering applicants who have NZ teacher registration.

Expected start date is the beginning of 2022. We look forward to receiving your application.

How to apply

Please request an application and information pack from :

Lisa McElrea, Board Secretary
(03) 417 8620

Vacancy reference #:1HAPYr

Listed 1:14 PM 10 September 2021
Closes Midday 18 October 2021

Tokomairiro High School NZ

School details

Tokomairiro High School

Type: Secondary (Year 7-15)
Authority: State
Gender: Co-Ed
Decile: 4
Roll: 233

School number: 392
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Physical address:
238 Union Street, Milton

Postal Address:
238 Union Street, Milton, 9220