Cashmere High School’s Principal Resigns

On January 7th, 2019 staff and parents were advised that Cashmere High School’s principal, Mark Wilson, had resigned from his role to take up a new position in Auckland.

The letter sent out by Geordie Hooft, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, follows:

“It is with sadness that I let you know I have accepted the resignation of our highly valued Principal, Mark Wilson. Mark will leave Cashmere High School at the end of Term 1 for the role of Executive Principal of Kristin School, Albany, North Shore (Auckland).

Cashmere High School has benefited from Mark’s inspiring leadership for almost ten years, through challenging times. Notwithstanding the impact, the earthquakes have had on the school community and school buildings, under his leadership the school has grown in reputation and success both academically and outside the classroom.

A hallmark of Mark’s leadership has been his commitment to developing a highly effective leadership team. Together they have transformed the school’s culture and practice, leading to improved student learning, engagement and achievement. Mark leaves Cashmere High School in a strong position.

The role at Kristin School offers Mark an exciting and challenging opportunity. The Board of Trustees congratulates him on his appointment and I hope everyone in the wider school community will join us in wishing him the very best.

The Board of Trustees will begin recruitment for a new Principal as soon as possible in 2019. Cashmere High School’s talented and experienced senior leadership team will lead the school until a new Principal takes up the role.

Yours sincerely,

Geordie Hooft

Cashmere High School Board of Trustees”

The following day Mark Wilson responded with the following comments: –

“Kia ora

Following the Board’s announcement of my resignation, I would like to follow this up with a personal comment…

While I have accepted, and look forward to this new position at Kristin School in Auckland, it is with a lot of sadness that I will be leaving the Cashmere community after almost ten years.

Cashmere will always be a very special place for me and my family. Both our children attended Cashmere High School, and my wife Judi and I have many good and close friends here in our community.

The extraordinary challenges we have all faced over the past ten years have actually strengthened my love and connection with this school and its community. We have experienced some truly sad and difficult times, and through these various adversities, our community has been supportive, positive and strong. While I was not seeking to leave Cashmere, I do believe that I have another school in me, and that change can be a healthy and good thing for people and organisations.

When I first arrived here at Cashmere I recognized that this “good” school could become a “great” school, and this “good to great” message became my mantra for these ten years. I sincerely believe that this mission has been achieved through the hard work and love of many wonderful colleagues. Despite all the challenges, we have seen our school grow and improve in so many ways, e.g. the tone and culture of the school; NCEA results; student behaviour, attendance and engagement; community pride in the school; significant increase in in-zone enrolment numbers; and now as we near the completion of our post-earthquake property works we will have some superb facilities. With a very strong and highly collegial staff, I believe that Cashmere is very well placed to successfully move into this next stage.

Thank you for being such an amazing team and for journeying through the last ten years with me. I am truly grateful to have worked alongside you and for the opportunities to be shaped and challenged in this leadership role.

Ngā mihi nui

Mark Wilson