King's College Welcomes New Headmaster

King’s College welcomed its new Headmaster, Mr Simon Lamb with a pōwhiri at its campus in Otahuhu on the morning of Tuesday, 3 May. Mr Lamb was welcomed to King’s with a contingent of manuhiri from Takapuna Grammar School, which he has led since 2004.

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An outstanding educational leader, Mr Lamb is enthusiastic and committed about the opportunity to lead King’s College.

Throughout his 12 year tenure as Principal at Takapuna Grammar School, Mr Lamb implemented an explicit teaching and learning philosophy, a site-based leadership development programme, the addition of many specialist programmes (including an Elite Sport Institute and Business School), the internationalism of the curriculum, and the implementation of a mentoring programme for every student in the school.

He was appointed Deputy Principal for Mahurangi College in 2000, where he ran the pastoral and academic systems of the school. Prior to this, Mr Lamb served at Rangitoto College for 11 years, the last four as Head of Department English, serving the 2,500 students enrolled in the English Department programmes.

In recent years, Mr Lamb has been educationally involved as the Chairperson for the North Harbour Principals’ Association, a member of the Auckland University Consultation Group, as well as the on the International Baccalaureate Heads’ Caucus.

He has also been an active member of many educational organisations such as ASSHA, the governing body for College Sport Auckland, and has regularly presented at many international conferences on the topic of pedagogy. 

Mr Lamb is very impressed with what he has learned of King’s College so far. He can already account for the quality and ability of the students and understand, completely, the responsibility the College holds for their development, care and progression.

“I look forward to advancing the school, paying full recognition and respect for a deep history of quality teaching and learning. I recognise the necessity to be instilling in our young people the qualities of a traditional faith based school, as well as demonstrating the skill sets required for them to succeed in a very vibrant and dynamic future.”

“I attended a very similar school; a faith based independent boarding school, and as a consequence, I appreciate the qualities of King’s College and look forward to leading a school that, in many ways, feels very similar to the one in which I was raised.”

Mr Lamb has a Bachelor’s degree with English Literature, Statistics and Calculus at Stage III, along with a LTCL in Trumpet/Cornet, and obtained a Teaching diploma from the Auckland College of Education.

Simon is married to Catherine and they have four children, Matthew, Kyle, Holly and Sam, and are expecting the arrival of their fifth child early this month.