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Columba College


"Creating our own future"


  • Reputation for academic excellence and achievement
  • Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand


Columba College has an enviable reputation for academic excellence and all-round achievement. The College is a special character, state-integrated school providing co-educational schooling from Years 0 to 6, and girls’ day and boarding education from Years 7 to 13 including international students. With a roll of 565, the family atmosphere of the College creates a sense of belonging and community engagement.


Built on Presbyterian foundations and operating since 1915, Columba College retains links to the Presbyterian Church but welcomes students of other beliefs to enrich its cultural diversity. Encouraging excellence in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits, Columba College prepares its students to contribute and succeed wherever their life path takes them.  The College provides a holistic approach to education in a supportive and caring environment that produces lifelong learners who participate and contribute as informed, responsible and compassionate global citizens. The College has an attractive campus and an exciting vision and strategy for the future.


The Columba College Board is seeking a visionary Principal who will engage with and inspire staff, students, families, alumni and the wider community. The Principal will embrace and represent the special character and traditions of the College whilst promoting an environment where students can reach their full potential.


Applicants will demonstrate the following:


  • An innovative and visionary educational leader with a reputation for inspiring and empowering.
  • Senior leadership experience within a complex school setting.
  • An appreciation for the challenges of state-integrated education across Years 0 to 13.
  • Highly developed relationship, communication and organisational management skills.
  • A commitment to the special character, values and traditions of the College.
  • A progressive and up-to-date commitment to pedagogy and achievement.


This is a rare opportunity for a proven educational leader to provide inspirational leadership to one of New Zealand’s highest performing state-integrated schools.





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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should comprise a resume and cover letter. All expressions of interest will be acknowledged via email.


Applications close Friday 24 February 2023.




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