Date: 8th December 2017
We are pleased to announce the search for a successor for Gillian Simpson is over. We are excited to announce the appointment of Diana Patchett as Executive Principal of St Margaret’s College, commencing at the start of Term 3 in 2018.
Diana is joining us from Kristin Junior School, Auckland, where she has been Principal since 2013. Her previous experience includes Assistant and Acting Principal positions at the respected Morton Bay Boys’ College in Brisbane. This trans-Tasman experience in the primary and secondary sectors means Diana understands well both the International Baccalaureate and the New Zealand curriculum. She is also committed to a full extra-curricular and boarding programme, valuing these as an integral part of the special character of St Margaret’s.
Diana is from an Anglican family background and is the proud mother of four adult sons – a sailor, a writer, a musician and a sportsman. She and her husband, Michael, will be relocating from Auckland and will live at the Executive Principal’s residence at St Margaret’s. Diana is originally from the far north of Canada where she represented her country in rowing and water polo. Her journey to New Zealand took her via Papua New Guinea and Australia, before settling in the North Island in 2013.
As noted earlier, Diana will join St Margaret’s College at the beginning of Term 3 in 2018. Gillian has very kindly agreed to stay on to the end of Term 2 next year to assist with Diana’s transition into the role, and I am sure we will be seeing Diana around the school many times before her scheduled start date.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Diana to our community. We know we are very lucky to have her. She was the unanimous choice of the Trust Board and comes with the full support of Gillian, the Leadership Team and the Board. The words of one of her senior colleagues sums up Diana’s attributes – “she is one of the most effective and compassionate educators I have ever worked with”.
We would like to once again express our gratitude to Gillian for her outstanding decade of service to our school and community. We have every confidence Diana will build on this success and commitment to girls’ education, presenting many more generations of empowered young women to live and to lead.
Albert Brantley – Chairman
St Margaret’s College Trust Board
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