Ann McDonald, principal at one of Hong Kong’s top-performing British schools, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. McDonald, who has been at the helm of Kellett School for the past 23 years, has received the honour in recognition of her contribution to the education sector in Hong Kong.
During her time as principal, Kellett has grown from a small primary school to an all-through school with more than 1,300 students at campuses in Pok Fu Lam and Kowloon Bay. McDonald, who was born in the UK and grew up in Gloucestershire, retires from her position at the end of this academic year; she will be replaced by Mark Steed, who is currently director of Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) in Dubai.
Kellett School’s chairman of the board of governors, Peter Goulston, told parents: “This honour is richly deserved and reflects the unfaltering dedication Ann has to her profession and the students under her care. We at Kellett have been very lucky to have her as principal for over two decades. Without her vision and leadership the school would not be the leading educational institution it is today.”