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The Principal would like to see you!

Media Release
21 June 2002

The Principal would like to see you!

It's a hit in New York. Now it's coming to Manukau.

The Mayor of Manukau, Sir Barry Curtis, last night announced the launch of an exciting new project to foster relationships between schools and businesses.

Already successful in New York, Chicago, and Melbourne, the Principal For A Day event will take place in Manukau on 12 September 2002. The project will allow business and community leaders to experience first-hand a typical day in the life of one of Manukau City's primary and secondary schools.

Each Principal For A Day will accompany their real-life counterparts for an insight into school life and school management. Speaking at the WestpacTrust Manukau Business Excellence Awards, Sir Barry said.

“(the Principal For A Day project) will allow business and community leaders to experience first-hand a typical day in the life of one of Manukau City's schools. I hope it will be a valuable two-way exchange of information.”

“It's just one part of our strategy for improving the level of education and training in the community. It's also a reflection of our commitment to creating a knowledge economy in Manukau City.”

The project is organised by COMET (the City of Manukau Education Trust), which works to advance education in Manukau City.

Principals For A Day will be matched to schools according to their skills and interests. Planning by both the one-day principals and the schools will ensure that both sides get the most out of the encounter. COMET executive officer Bernardine Vester says: "By getting face to face, businesses learn that they can help schools in ways that they had never thought of."

In New York, where the programme has run since 1995, the project has sparked new long-term relationships between businesses and schools, which have led to donations, mentoring, advice... and much, much more (see www.pencil.org/pfad_frame.html)

Would-be principals should go to http://www.manukau.ac.nz/comet/pfad/home.htm, where they can register on-line.
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