Queen’s Birthday honours for long serving principal Kieran Fouhy

Long serving teacher and headmaster of several Catholic Colleges, Mr Kieran Fouhy was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to education.

He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

“As a Catholic community, we are delighted to see him acknowledged in this way for his contribution, over decades, to education in Catholic Colleges,” said Paul Ferris, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office.

Fouhy was Headmaster of St Peter’s College for boys in Epsom for 27 years before leaving in 2015 with ideas of retirement.

In a sign of his commitment to Catholic schooling, he took up the role of headmaster at St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, his commitment is already making a difference in the school.

Reflecting on his 27-year tenure at St Peter’s College Fouhy said at the time to the New Zealand Herald “Parents of boys want their sons to be good men,” he said.

“In my mind, character trumps achievement. And if you’ve got good character in the student body, you’ve got good achievement.”

“Kieran Fouhy has over a long period of time been a dedicated educationalist and advocate for quality education in an authentically Catholic environment,” said Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland.

Dunn said it was clear to those who know him that the award is a recognition of the passion he has for his work.

The Bishop said that there is much Fouhy and his family can be proud of in his contribution to the education and formation of so many young men.

“Kieran is married to a teacher and his five daughters are also in education – so clearly he has passed on his passion for learning!”


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