New role for St Kevin’s principal

St Kevin’s College principal Paul Olsen is retiring from the Oamaru school at the end of this year and will become manager of Dunedin diocese’s Catholic Education Office. The office provides guidance and advice to the 28 schools, both primary and secondary, in the diocese, which covers Otago and Southland.

                Paul Olsen

Mr Olsen has been involved with Catholic education for many years. He spent some years at St Peter’s College, Gore, before becoming deputy principal of St Kevin’s College in Oamaru. He went on to become principal of Verdon College in Invercargill. Eleven years ago, he became principal of St Kevin’s College.

For many years, this college was conducted by the Christian Brothers as a boys’ boarding school.

Mr Olsen is well-known throughout the diocese and in the community at large. He is particularly renowned as a piper, and at present is heavily  involved with pipe bands in North Otago.

While his future job is in Dunedin, Mr Olsen would still be based in Oamaru, and will continue as the Safer Waitaki Community Coalition chairman, and as the Waitaki District  Schools Pipe Band president.

St Kevin’s board presiding member, Eugen Dupu, said finding a replacement for Mr Olsen would be difficult, but  his early resignation ensured his work would be continued.

“It is with a great deal of gratitude that the college acknowledges that Mr Olsen will still be involved with the school in his new role. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

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