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New principal for Taradale High School

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David Oliver has been appointed the new Principal of Taradale High School, replacing Stephen Hensman who leaves the school next month after 13 years at the helm.

Mr Oliver, who originally comes from Scotland, is currently the Deputy Principal at Pakuranga College in Auckland and has previously worked at Epsom Girls Grammar School and James Cook High School. He started his career in Fife, Scotland in 1998 and worked for two schools there for nearly six years.

Liz Read, the chair of the Taradale High School Board of Trustees, said Mr Oliver, was highly regarded and that after a very robust recruitment process, the Board is thrilled "to have appointed someone of David’s calibre and we look forward to him continuing the traditions of the school and taking it to new heights."

Mr Oliver, who has a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Auckland University of Technology, and a Master of Science degree (Heriot Watt University, Scotland), said he was delighted to be coming to such a highly-regarded school as Taradale High School.

"I am looking forward to the role and getting to know the staff, students and wider school community. Living in the wonderful Hawke’s Bay will be an added bonus."

Mr Hensman, who will become an independent education consultant, congratulated Mr Oliver on his appointment and wished him well for the future.

"Mr Oliver has all the qualities our school needs in its next Principal. This is an exciting time for Taradale High School."

A commencement date for when Mr Oliver takes over as Principal has not yet been set.

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