Dr Sandra Hastie Announced as Principal
Highly respected educationalist Dr Sandra Hastie has been appointed as the Principal of Rangi Ruru.
Board of Governors Chair, Mr Stuart Nattrass, announced the appointment of Dr Hastie, who will start with the school in early January next year.
Mr Nattrass says Dr Hastie, who attended the Christchurch College of Education, Canterbury University and Auckland University where she completed her Doctorate in Education, is a vastly experienced teacher and principal who will fit very well into the Rangi Ruru family.
“Sandra is a very collaborative leader. She has an extensive background in independent schooling and like the Rangi Ruru ethos, knows how important a strong, happy school community is. She is very family focused,” he says.
Stuart Nattrass adds that Rangi Ruru has been exceptionally well served by Julie Moor for more than 13 years and he and his fellow board members know that Sandra Hastie is the right person to take ownership and leadership of the next stage of the school’s future strategic direction.
Dr Hastie says “I am excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to be the next Principal of Rangi Ruru, one of New Zealand’s best performing independent girls’ schools. It is a privilege to become part of the Rangi family and to build on this strong foundation, ensuring that we continue to provide an education which is exemplary in preparing our young women for their futures.”
Dr Hastie began her career within the education sector 29 years ago and for 24 of those years has held senior leadership roles in both state and independent schools. In 1995, she was appointed Dean of the Senior School at Saint Kentigern Boys’ School in Auckland and in 1999 applied for and was appointed in the role of Deputy Principal, a position that she held until 2010. In 2010 she was appointed as Principal of Saint Kentigern Girls’ School with responsibility for growing the roll and establishing the first Saint Kentigern Pre-School. At this time, she was also appointed as Head of Primary for both Saint Kentigern Schools to provide strategic and curriculum leadership, a role that she held until the end of her 19-year tenure in the Saint Kentigern environment.
Dr Hastie will be returning from the UK where she has been in the role of Headmistress of Tavistock and Summerhill Preparatory School.