Mr Allan Short

Position: Headmaster
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Allan, wife Kendra and their four children have been at the centre of the onsite Waihi family since 2012 when he became Waihi’s seventh Headmaster.  He is in his 17th year as a Headmaster and has lead schools in both the UK and New Zealand.  In addition to his passion for prep school education, he has been asked to present at conferences on a variety of educational issues here and abroad.  With a mathematics and psychology degree it is no surprise that maths, developing cognitive skills and the mental wellbeing of children are some of his priorities.  He is a sportsman, narrowly avoiding a career as a professional footballer (by being not quite good enough he says!) and is a past New Zealand Correspondence Chess Champion.

Who are we

The biggest impact on the learning and personal development of the Waihi student is without doubt our high quality staff team. There is a wide range of non-teaching support staff in the boarding house, office, kitchen and around the grounds that ensure the environment for our students and teachers is first class. Half of our teaching staff team live onsite with their young families and being a student at Waihi means being part of that large family.