Ms Lesley Longstone recently took up her position as the new Secretary for Education succeeding Ms Karen Sewell.  Ms Longstone has 25 years’ experience in the education and employment sectors in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, and she understands the economic importance of education and its contribution to the broader skills agenda.

“Ms Longstone has been a second tier manager in the education sector in England since June 2007. She is experienced in developing and implementing policy and strategies and in introducing and implementing legislation.  She has successfully managed change in large service delivery organisations in challenging circumstances,” Iain Rennie, State Services Commission, said.


It's all green lights for Senior College student and golfing extraordinaire, Lydia Ko, who continues to reap in the awards with yet another anouncement, this time the prestigious "Overall Sportswoman of the Year" at the ASB Auckland Secondary Schools Sports Awards held at Eden Park last week.


Scots College student and basketballer, Steven Adams, has been named as Young Sportsman of the Year in the College Sport Wellington awards. 


Independent Schools of New Zealand has introduced a new initiative, the ISNZ Honours Awards.  The purpose of these Awards is to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding educators within ISNZ Member Schools, and to acknowledge the wide range of contributions to the success of independent schools.


This is the second consecutive year that the St Cuthbert's College Senior A Team has won the Auckland, North Island and National titles.