Heather McRae, Diocesan School for Girls

Distinguished Service Award

Outstanding Service to Independent Schools of New Zealand and to the Wider Education Sector

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A Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ) and to the Wider Education Sector has been bestowed upon Diocesan School for Girls Principal Heather McRae.

ISNZ Executive Director Deborah James says since joining Diocesan School for Girls in 2009, Heather has embraced and embodied the independent school movement and its place as an integral part of the wider education sector.

“With her vast experience in international education and her principalship in both the state and private school sectors, Heather understands and actively promotes the need for collaboration and collegiality across the wider education sector,” says Deborah.

“She is the first to put her name forward to contribute to the Government’s education goals and as such has served on numerous Ministry of Education reference and advisory groups.

“We congratulate Heather on her recent appointment to the Curriculum Advisory Group established to support the new Ministry of Education Curriculum Centre. The Advisory Group will help the Ministry provide strengthened and inclusive curriculum leadership and expertise.”

Heather served on the Association of the Heads of Independent Schools from 2010 until its disestablishment in 2019 as well as on the ISNZ Board from 2011 as a Board Member and from 2016 until the end of last year as Chairperson.

In her capacity as Board Chair, Heather most recently oversaw the restructure of the ISNZ governance model.

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to work alongside Heather and ISNZ thanks her for continuing outstanding service to education.”