Bevan Werry Speaker 2005
Gillian 'retired' in July 2002 after 13 years as principal of the highly regarded Rangi Ruru Girls' School in Christchurch. Prior to that position, she was Head of Mathematics at the Christchurch College of Education after 12 years teaching Mathematics and Computer Studies at Christchurch Boys' High School.During her career in education she has been on many advisory committees for the Ministry of Education and the Qualifications Authority and has had a leadership role in many developments in Mathematics Education. She was involved in the early days of Cantamath and the NZ Mathematical Olympiad and travelled to Sweden and Russia with the NZ teams to the international Olympiad competitions.After retirement from Rangi Ruru, Gillian spent the rest of 2002 as an Advisor to schools at the Centre for Educational Leadership at the Christchurch College of Education, and was involved in Planning and Reporting advice and Professional Development programmes.In 2003 and 2004 she has been a mentor to 20 principals in the First Time Principals' programme. In addition Gillian is a part-time Co-director of the newly established Unlimited paenga tawhiti which is a state secondary school in the centre of Christchurch city, based on Discovery Learning principles. This she describes as an exciting and challenging new direction, with moments reminiscent of being a first-time principal and/or a year one teacher! She has even had the chance to get back in the classroom again and teach some mathematics. She has been appointed a Guardian of the Secondary Futures project which is looking 20 years out at NZ secondary education and builds on the OECD Futures-Thinking processes and is stimulated by this work in national and international contexts.In her spare time she works on contract positions for the Ministry of Education and is on a number of Boards.