MAC bids farewell to Principal Wayne Bosley

Bosley said he would be “stepping down for the transition to a new leader.”

The end of the school term last week marked Wayne Bosley’s official step down as principal of Mount Aspiring College (MAC), following his resignation on May 25. 

Bosley, who served the school for over twenty years as deputy principal and principal, resigned after two members of the board of trustees (BOT) stepped down citing conflicts with the school’s leadership and direction - which have come under scrutiny from parents and the community since an Education Review Office [ERO} report in March deemed the school “developing.” 

Bosley said he would continue to work through to the end of the school term and then” step down for the transition to a new leader.”

In the meantime, the Ministry of Education assigned an independent Limited Statutory Manager (LSM), Madeleine Hawkesby, to MAC on May 28 in an effort to address governance issues.

Last Friday, July 3 saw tribute paid to Bosley by students, teachers and Assistant Principal Vicki Ashton, who thanked him for his years of service. 

“As I listened to the student speeches this morning I was struck by a real sense of warmth and genuine respect for this man who has given so much,” said Ashton.

“From a small rural school of 350 to the largest in Otago with 1139 students, Wayne has seen MAC through the ups and downs of rapid-growth with grace. As I was pondering this I was reminded of how - for Wayne - all of this; all the late nights, the working holidays, the difficult conversations and the endless paperwork - all of this was worth it because of one single thing, the students. The way in which Wayne has always put our students first, supported them, listened to them, allowed them opportunity, given them the benefit of the doubt has  - been extraordinary - and is a quality I will endeavor to emulate as we move forward without him,” she said.

As LSM, Hawkesby confirmed she would be responsible for the recruitment and appointment of a new principal and was consulting with the school community to help inform the position description and person specification for the role. 

“We hope to have the appointment completed so they can start in Term 1 2021. Until then Dean Sheppard is in the role of Acting Principal” said Hawkesby. 

Two new parent representatives, Mark Sinclair and Ben Taylor, were also appointed to the BOT after a parent election on June 25.

Read edition 982 of the Wānaka Sun here.



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