New Principal Appointment

Kia ora Whānau,

The Whangaparāoa College Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that we have appointed Steve McCracken to the position of Principal. Steve will commence at the beginning of term 3.

Steve has been the Principal at Kaipara College, in Helensville, for the last four years. Prior to this he was the Deputy Headmaster at Westlake Boys’ High School. In addition to his extensive experience as a senior leader, he is in the final stages of completing his Masters in Secondary School Leadership.

Steve is looking forward to leading the college through the significant growth that is predicted for our school over the next five years. He is excited by the many opportunities that this growth will enable for our learners to excel inside and outside the classroom. His experience gained in the planning of a $25mil property redevelopment at Kaipara College will be invaluable as we plan for the growth of Whangaparaoa College from 1600 to 2500 learners and he has spoken already about the learning opportunities that being involved in this property project will provide for our learners.

Steve has a strong belief in working to the strengths of all staff to ensure the vision and ethos of Whangaparāoa College is effectively developed and implemented. He brings a passion for ensuring young people achieve their potential while at school. He believes in the development of student centred educational pathways, to provide all learners with a genuine sense of pride in their academic success and their school. He believes in a culture of personal excellence, where learning is valued and celebrated, and where individuals and the environment are respected. In his time at Kaipara College they have achieved record results at every NCEA Level and in University Entrance.

Steve is originally from the Bay of Plenty and is of Ngai Te Rangi descent. He is a keen sportsman with a background in hockey and more recently cycling and mountain biking. Married to Desiree who is a Performance Improvement Manager at Auckland DHB, they have two children, Cameron and Oliver.

The board was impressed with Steve’s unrelenting focus on learner achievement and teaching excellence so that every learner will be challenged to achieve their personal excellence. He looks forward to engaging with the wider community when he joins us in term 3. Steve has engaged extensively with the local industries in the Kaipara area to support a broad curriculum that entices and encourages community involvement. We look forward to the different perspectives he will bring to the leadership of our college to support us as we develop learning with a greater local context.

I am sure you will all join the board in welcoming Steve to Whangaparāoa College.

Ngã mihi nui

Ian MacLeod
Board Chair

Whangaparāoa College incorporates the best educational practice from New Zealand and around the world. The school delivers an innovative curriculum with intensive use of modern technologies within an environmentally aware site.