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Principal for a day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

The Principal for a Day programme facilitates open, transparent one-on-one discussions between school leaders and their business counterparts, enabling each party is able to better understand and appreciate the other. The common denominator amongst these partnerships is that there are a multitude of ways in which businesses and schools can benefit and help one another. Principal for a Day provides an opportunity to discover them. 

The programme first originated in New York and COMET brought it to New Zealand in 2002. Since then, over 450 New Zealand business and community leaders have taken part in this unique experience.

Previous participants have come from a diverse range of occupations; we have partnered schools with CEOs from industries including local government, banking, construction, telecommunications companies, journalists and more.

In 2008 and 2009 Principal for a Day was held in Waikato. Click here to see more.

 Principal for a Day 2010 - View Photos


Connecting Business with Education




A Business Committed to Education

A Business Committed to Education

Coverstaff Recruitment is COMET’s key partner for Principal for a Day. Covering more than just recruitment, Coverstaff takes active steps to improve the quality of life for its employees and their families. They work hard to show empathy through listening and understanding and see the community as part of a wider picture. Already supporting a number of causes and charities, Principal for a Day is a good fit for Coverstaff who work closely with school leavers when they enter the workforce. 

“We are proud to be part of this exciting event that promotes and facilitates the relationship between schools and businesses,” says Roana Carran, General Manager, Coverstaff Recruitment. “Schools are part of our community; our staff have kids at the schools and the school leavers are an important part of our future workforce. We need to be involved!”

The Coverstaff Recruitment team is proud of its work within and outside the organisation, including their popular whanau day and all their other community, charity and safety events. The Coverstaff team consider themselves to be ordinary people who are passionate about their community.

COMET congratulates Coverstaff Recruitment on reaching the Finals of the Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards in the “Innovation & Strategy” category.




Business Leaders skip school!

Business Leaders skip school!

COMET’s highly successful PFAD event was held last week on 1st September. With over 50 schools and many high profile business leaders participating, it was one of the best PFAD events we’ve held yet!

There were many highlights including one student asking Charles Pink, CEO of ASB Bank if he knew Ira Goldstein (from the famed ASB adverts!) and Jerome Kaino from the Auckland Blues throwing some practice balls with students at Howick Primary school.

Mayor Len Brown sang a number of songs to various classes at Manurewa Central school and newsreader Alistair Wilkinson made a short video with students at Yendarra Primary.

The civic function was well attended and participants posted their comments from the day on the "Wall of Experience".  Many thanks to our key partner Coverstaff Recruitment and our other sponsor Vodafone.

See below to view Principal for a Day photos.

Principal for a day gallery

Were you snapped? Check here to see photos from over 20 schools!