Dear Appleby School Community

It is with much pleasure that we announce the appointment and welcome Justin Neal to the Appleby school community as our new Principal, beginning term 1 in 2019.

Justin brings extensive educational and leadership experience, a passion for country schools and understands what it takes to continue a strong and positive school culture. 

As Principal of Mahana School for more than ten years, Justin understands the benefits as well as the strategies necessary to be a successful community-based school. 

“Being directly involved is important to me. I like to be a hands-on Principal, where I can lead from within” said Justin. “I think it is important to be a visible leader, who is at home in the classroom, in the playground and in the office. Appleby is the perfect opportunity for this to happen.”

We look forward to Justin’s commencement and the opportunity to introduce him in person to our school community. 

The Board would like to thank Nic Walker for his continued role in ensuring a smooth transition during term 4, for the students, teachers and wider community.


Ngā mihi nui


Gary Reilly

On behalf of the School Board of Trustees

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