New Principal announcement for Cathedral Grammar School

Board Announcement - New principal appointed

Dear parents, staff and other members of the school community

I am delighted to announce that the Board has appointed Scott Thelning as our next Principal. Scott will take up the role of Principal effective from the beginning of Term 3.

Scott joins us from Cobham Intermediate where he has been the Principal since 2011. Scott has over 20 years’ experience as a principal of state schools in the Christchurch area. He is known and widely respected for his leadership skills, his engagement with the school communities that he leads and his fresh innovative approach. We are delighted to have someone of Scott's calibre to assume leadership of the school.

The Board has conducted an extensive search both nationally and internationally to identify the person who will lead the school on the next stage of its journey. The process has been both thorough and robust. Over 45 applications were received for the role of which 16 were interviewed by our recruitment adviser, EQI Global. A subcommittee of the Board then interviewed the top 6 candidates, identifying the final three candidates (1 man and 2 women) who were interviewed by the entire Board earlier in the week. We were extremely pleased with the calibre of the applicants and the interest shown in the role.

The Board was very impressed by Scott's experience, skills and attitude. We believe that Scott has the qualities to lead Cathedral Grammar, implementing the Board's vision of a school that develops young Cantabrians who are ready for the challenges of the 21st century, building on the best of our traditions whilst opening students' eyes to new ways of thinking and working together and encouraging them to be “fearless learners”.

We look forward to welcoming Scott, his wife Andrea, and their children Jack, Isabella and Will into the Cathedral Grammar community.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Kennedy for his significant contribution to the school over the last 4 years. Paul has built a strong foundation for the school which positions us well for the opportunities ahead. The Board would like to acknowledge Paul's critical role in bringing about cultural change within the school, placing us in a strong position from which to embrace the future.

We will let you know the details of opportunities for you to meet Scott once those arrangements have been finalised. We will also be farewelling Paul at the end of term service which will be held in the Transitional Cathedral on Friday 8 July, commencing at 2pm and finishing with afternoon tea following the service. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Kind regards

Abby Foote
Board Chair

Monday, May 23, 2016