St. Ignatius names new Principal

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British educator Simon Testa has been named as the next Principal of St. Ignatius Catholic School, beginning in August 2022.

Earlier this week, Parish Administrator Naveen D’Souza sent a letter to St. Ignatius parents informing them that the School Advisory Committee and Parish Pastoral Council supported the appointment of Testa as Principal.

According to the letter, Testa has more than 32 years of experience “in various senior leadership positions in  educational organisations in New Zealand, Malta, China, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Malaysia”.

Government school inspectors have identified the Principal vacancy at St. Ignatius as a significant concern since former Head of School Emily Alexander departed in August 2020.

Alexander’s successor, Principal Martin Nugent, joined the school in March 2021 and then left after the Spring term.

Following a one-day ‘thematic visit’ to St. Ignatius in late January, Office of Education Standards inspectors raised a ‘Notice of Concern’ with the Ministry of Education, highlighting “staff wellbeing, the continued Principal vacancy and the governance arrangements”.

Out of three dozen schools visited by inspectors this term, St. Ignatius was the only school where inspectors submitted a ‘Notice of Concern’ to the Ministry.

*Disclosure: Cayman Current editor Patrick Brendel has four children who attend St. Ignatius Catholic School.*

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