St Peter’s School Cambridge campus principal Julie Small has acknowledged the “continuous support, kindness, thoughtfulness and genuine care” parents displayed during the school’s challenging times.
In the school’s newsletter she thanked them and students for their words of affirmation and for treating staff to morning teas. The acts of kindness showed that actions spoke louder than words, she said.
Executive principal Dale Burden resigned earlier this month after weeks of publicity around why he was absent from his position at the school.
It was previously revealed that WorkSafe New Zealand had requested further information from the school following allegations of bullying among staff. An investigation by former Employment Court chief judge Graeme Colgan would continue.
Since Mr Burden’s departure, operational matters have been handled by chief operating officer Rob Campbell while Ms Small looks after all teaching and learning matters.
Deputy principal Brenton Joubert has been appointed Ms Small’s deputy and will also oversee the school’s Wellbeing Centre while Dr Micheal Brown is on leave.
Security guards are no longer posted at school entry points.
Mr Joubert is a long-serving St Peter’s staff member who transitioned from his role as boarding director in 2019 to take on a senior leadership role as lead dean and last year as a deputy principal.
Meanwhile the school’s Open Day, promoted as Space to Think, will be held on Friday 25 June.