The start of a new era for two Christchurch schools as principals are unveiled

Two Christchurch schools have new principals, both starting their roles in July.

Christine O’Neill has been named head of Christchurch Girls’ High School, while Joe Eccleton will take the helm at Cashmere High School.

O’Neill spent 10 years as head of St Thomas of Canterbury College before becoming an independent consultant for the Ministry of Education in 2017. She said she was not looking for a new job until she saw the vacancy at Christchurch Girls’.

Eccleton is a father of two, and lives in Cashmere. He was assistant principal at Cashmere High School until 2016.  What attracted him to the new position was the chance to contribute to both the school and the wider community.

The school’s alumni includes several notable people in politics, sports and the arts. Eccleton said the successes were in part due to the school’s ethos.

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