New Principal for Cashmere High School

Cashmere High School’s new principal has been appointed.

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

It is with great pleasure that the Cashmere High School Board of Trustees announces that Mr Joe Eccleton has been appointed to the position of Principal, and will take up the role at the start of Term 3.

Mr Eccleton will be known to many of you in the Cashmere High School community.  He taught and held a number of leadership roles at the school for 10 years from 2006.  The role he held at the time of his departure in 2016 was Assistant Principal – Student Curriculum Pathways.  He left to take up the role of Assistant Principal – Curriculum, at Christ’s College.

We are really delighted to be able to welcome Mr Eccleton back to Cashmere High: he is an outstanding leader with the vision, experience and skills to continue to push the educational boundaries at Cashmere High School.

As you may know, ahead of the appointment process we sought input from teachers, students and the wider school community about the qualities essential in the person we would appoint to replace our former Principal Mr Mark Wilson.  The advice we got from all was consistent: continue to build on the strong leadership and direction already established in the school.  In Mr Eccleton we have a new Principal who is committed to the values of the school, and will be focused on ensuring that the school is safe, caring and inclusive, while challenging and encouraging all to strive for excellence across wide fields of endeavour.   We know Mr Eccleton is passionate about ensuring Cashmere High School continues to offer the opportunities and experiences needed for students to develop their strengths, passions and purpose.  He strongly believes that students who have a sense of identity, strong interpersonal skills and a desire and disposition to serve others will ultimately contribute to a more inclusive community.  He noted to the Board that he believes equity in the education system is essential, in particular the outcomes of Māori students. And in his earlier roles at Cashmere High School, and more recently at Christ’s College,he has worked hard to develop stronger bi-cultural perspectives among staff and students through the inclusion of tikanga Māori. 

Mr Eccleton lives in the Cashmere High School zone with his wife and two primary-school aged children.

We look forward to welcoming Mr Eccleton in Term 3.

Ngā mihi

Geordie Hooft

Board Chairman

Joe Eccleton