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It gives me great pleasure to present an application for the position of Assistant Principal at Otago Girls' High School. I have spent most of my teaching career to date at, what I believe to be, the finest school for young women in New Zealand. Aside from developing my skills in a dynamic and innovative environment I have also had the opportunity to complete post-graduate study, utilise the Highgate Fellowship to research internationally, and to work with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to gain an insight into teaching and assessment practice across New Zealand. Otago Girls’ High School has offered me opportunities to challenge and develop my career from the beginning.  From my starting position as an assistant teacher and Year 10 Dean, to my leadership of the Visual and Performing Arts, working as a change-maker in English and performing the role of acting Assistant Principal, I have relished every role I have been privileged to hold.  Now it is time for another exciting step in my career.

We live in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment and the challenge to equip our ākonga to succeed is as critical as it has ever been (perhaps more so).   The ability to co-operate, collaborate and be resilient in the face of change are fundamental skills, for all ākonga.   These are skills that I possess and which I work hard to pass on to others.  

I want the young people I teach to leave school ready to face a world that might look very different to what their parents or even their older siblings have faced.  To empower through educational opportunities that are inspiring, authentic and responsive to their needs as 21st-century learners is essential. It requires not only a good understanding of the content of the curriculum but also a number of attributes and qualities that will sustain and serve them.  

I believe that my skills as an authentic collaborator and a leader of people uniquely equip me for such a role. I bring modern and innovative thinking to my roles as teacher, leader and ongoing learner. The English department is an example of a vibrant and highly successful learning area. The staff are a cohesive and dynamic team that consistently and collaboratively work to elevate every learner to be the best that they can be. In the role of Assistant Principal, I would work to extend that positive approach and continuing success across our whole staff.  The scene is set for a revolutionary change in the way we teach but our staff must be equipped to grasp it.

I have supported the Senior Leadership team every step of the way as the school has shifted its focus to Restorative Practice, and the PB4L initiative and of course its continued focus on personal excellence. It is a privilege to work in a future-focused community of learners who continue to embrace and value diversity. I will support and encourage ākonga to celebrate and connect through te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori. I am a team player.  I observe, I question, and I innovate. Student well-being is at the heart of my vision and I have the tools to support and promote success for diverse learners and special learning programmes. It is this all-embracing practice that equips me for the role of Assistant Principal.

I firmly believe that my unique combination of skills, experience, and expertise is ideally suited to the Assistant Principal role within the Otago Girls’ High School Senior Leadership Team.

Nāku iti noa, nā

Kathryn Dick

33 Sunshine Lane, DUNEDIN


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