New College House Principal Appointed
The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair Drayton to the position of Principal of College House.
Alastair starts with us on Monday 25 May and will have a fortnight’s handover period with Laraine Sharr who is retiring having been Principal since 2007. His first day flying solo will be Monday 8 June.
Alastair has taught maths, economics and business studies at Rangiora High School since 2005; he is also Head of Rangiora High School’s Lydiard House. Prior to that Alastair spent four years at Napier Boys’ High School, also teaching maths and was Head of Scinde House, the school’s boarding house.
Christchurch born-and-bred, Alastair attended Christchurch Boys’ High School and then Lincoln University where he graduated with a BCom in Marketing and Business Management. After four years’ teaching high school maths and accounting, Alastair headed off to the UK to teach for several years, followed by five years at a high school in Ontario, Canada.
Alastair says he’s very much looking forward to his new role. “Until now I’ve always taught in high schools, so I’m excited to be working with students starting their university studies. It’s a natural progression from high school for them, and also for me. And I think the mix of College House being a thoroughly contemporary go-ahead hall of residence combined with its strong traditions is a wonderful combination. My first Shambles, the Ball and Feast Dinners will be a great deal of fun.
“Most of all, I’m very proud to be appointed as principal of a hall of residence with such academic excellence, leadership and strong sense of community engagement. Laraine is leaving very big shoes for me to fill. I thank the board for its confidence in me and I look forward to many happy years to come at College House,” says Alastair.
Alastair is married to Andrea, who is Curriculum Leader Commerce at St Margaret’s College. With two children, Abigail aged 11 and nine-year-old Nicholas, Alastair says all the family is looking forward to moving into the Lodge with their 18 month-old golden Labrador. “I’ve been told that the Principal’s dog is always known as BMD – BM’s Dog. I’m sure Honey will quickly get used to her new name and having such wonderfully large grounds for stick-throwing and exploring.”