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The new principal of Queenstown Primary regards her new role as the pinnacle of her career. 

Lyn Bird, an academic currently leading Christchurch’s Ilam School, has been appointed to take charge of the resort’s biggest primary at the beginning of term four. 

Bird replaces outgoing principal John Western, who moves to Wellington to run the junior department at independent boys’ school Scots College in October. 

Bird has been a school principal – including Goldfields in Cromwell and Alexandra Primary – for 16 years. 

The 55-year-old spent several years studying part-time towards a Masters of Education, earning a PhD last year. She’s also spent two years lecturing at Otago University. 

“I am not particularly ‘nerdy’ but do enjoy keeping abreast of the latest research and innovations in the world of education,” she says. 

Bird says she’s always “admired Queens­town Primary from afar”. 

“For me this is definitely the pinnacle of my career. I’ve taught in two other Central Otago schools and with Queenstown being in such an absolutely, stunningly beautiful surrounding – and the fact that Queenstown Primary has always had a good reputation as a school – I think it’s a good career move.” 

Bird aims to “build on the wonderful programmes and the strategic plan that they have in place” while at the helm.
“I want to build on the good things they have there already.” 

Board of trustees chairman Noel Saxon says he’s confident that Bird will be able to carry the school forward and help tackle big issues like roll growth and school property. 

“John Western’s done an excellent job over the last five years and we were looking for someone of a high quality to replace him and we are really excited by the fact that we’ve done that.”