Principal, Ken Havill Announces Retirement


Ken Havill announced his retirement from Western Springs College at the end of 2016

The Board of Western Springs College, Nga Puna o Waiorea, would like to let its community know that Principal, Ken Havill has decided to retire, effective from the end of Term Four 2016.

Mr Havill, began with the college in 1990 and has been Principal since 1998. He said he had timed his departure to ensure the budget for a new school was secured and build plans were well underway.

“I wanted to leave this job with the school in a really strong position and I think we’re there now,” Mr Havill said. He also leaves with the school having secured the positive endorsement of the Education Review Office, ranking Auckland’s top state secondary school for level three NCEA and university entrance for several years running.

Board Chair, John Loof said Ken Havill would leave a considerable legacy.

“Over his 19 year tenure as Principal, Ken has established Western Springs’ reputation as a successful, progressive, liberal school. During that time the roll has more than doubled, while WSC has transformed from a niche college to a modern, high performing, learning environment which attracts skilled staff and able students.”

The Board has formed a recruitment committee to secure Mr Havill’s replacement with the intention of being able to appoint a new Principal at the start of Term Four. Parents will be kept advised throughout the process.

John Loof said the timing of Mr Havill’s departure would provide for a comprehensive hand over, while enabling the Principal’s input into the critical design phases for the new school.

“Ken will also shape the school’s unique co-governance model as it is developed this year. We are delighted to have his continuing leadership through this busy period of change.”

John Loof
Chair - Western Springs College