2 March 2010

It has just been announced that Patrick Walsh, Principal of John Paul College, Rotorua, has been elected as the new President of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand. His Deputy is Paul Daley, the principal of Sancta Maria College, Botany, Auckland.

This is an historic occasion to have the leadership of this national principals’ association headed by two principals from Catholic Colleges.

Previously Pat Lynch, CEO NZCEO and Paul Ferris, principal of Kavanagh College, Dunedin have been Presidents of SPANZ.

It is a great tribute to Patrick Walsh and Paul Daley that they have been so honoured by their colleagues. These leadership roles are very important since they involve close inaction with the Government, the political establishment, the education sector, the media and the public of New Zealand.

The milestone is also a recognition that Catholic colleges are seen to actively contribute to the well-being of New Zealand.

Congratulations are extended to both men.

Patrick J. Lynch