Ally Gibbons
Ally Gibbons
Leadership – programme design and facilitation

Ally joined the Centre for Educational Leadership in October 2020 as an Educational Leadership Facilitator. 

As a Māori woman, a Māori leader, Māori educator,  Māori lifelong learner, Māori parent and proud Māori grandmother, Ally has a background in education leadership spanning 23 years. This includes five years as principal of Rotorua Girls’ High School, seven and a half years as principal of Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Hamilton and two years as principal of St Catherine’s College in Wellington. She has led a school reform and school leadership project in the Middle East. Ally is passionate about education, and an uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and positive culturally responsive leadership, committed and focused teachers, evidence base data, and a tailored approach to the way the data is shared with parents, all making for meaningful impacts on children’s learning.

Ally has a strong commitment to mentor and support teachers and principals. She brings a wide range of skills including relationship building, change leadership, culturally responsive leadership, coaching and staff development.

In 2018, Rotorua Girls’ High School was the winner of the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Education Award for Governance/ Te Awatea Award and were a finalist in the Teaching and Learning Award/ Te Atatū.

In 2019 Ally was a full time student enrolled at Waikato University, studying Te Tohu Paetahi, a total immersion Diploma in Te Reo. This enables her to play an active role in the lives of her two mokopuna whose first language is Te Reo.

Ally is driven by a strong sense of moral purpose with  a strong commitment to ensuring Māori succeed as Māori, and that there is equity and excellence in opportunity and outcomes for all rangatahi. Research shows that “What is good for Māori is good for all learners”.

Ally’s leadership style is to lead by example, by being culturally responsive, inclusive, empowering and transforming. She is agile and open to new learning opportunities.

The values that define and guide her are:

Manaakitanga - Put others first.
Whanaungatanga - Strong lasting  relationships based on care and collaboration.
Awhinatanga - Supporting and guiding others to be the best that they can be.
Kotahitanga - Working together- encouraging educators, students and whānau to set high expectations which requires all members of the learning community to support student achievement.


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