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Principal Profile

Peter Leggat


I am 54 years old, married to Jan and we have two daughters who have both graduated from Otago University. I am a very keen sportsman who has played representative cricket and hockey, but with age I have turned to cycling and golf.

My teaching career began in Auckland where I taught Physical Education and Economics. After spells at three schools in Auckland and time teaching in England, we moved to Cambridge where I was Deputy Principal.

I was appointed as Principal of Katikati College, a rural Year 7-13 school, in 2000 and spent 10 years at the College. In that time the school underwent a $6 million building programme, became a lead ICT school and was regarded as a high performer.

At the end of 2009 I resigned, believing it was time for change and new challenge for both me and the school. I spent five months working as Interim Principal at Whakatane High School and then spent the rest of 2010 doing work as an educational consultant.

In 2011 I started as Principal at Onslow College and soon came to realise what a fantastic school it is how fortunate I am to be part of it.

In the years since then I believe we have made real progress in many areas. We are in a sound financial position, have had some success addressing our long-overdue classroom refurbishment and most importantly continue to develop our teaching and learning programmes.

Our students learn in a positive respectful and inclusive environment where teachers know them and genuinely want them to succeed. I enjoy walking around the school watching students in class and mixing with them out of class.

I enjoy following our many sports and cultural groups and meeting the parents who give us such great support.

Onslow College is an outstanding school and I would encourage you to find out more about us.

Peter Leggat