New teaching and support staff join St Paul’s

New teaching and support staff join St Paul’s (L-R) Guy Johnstone, Jarna Old, Simon Tyndel, Alby King, Sonya Noble and Sandra Ardern.

5 February 2019

The New Year sees a number of new teaching and support staff join St Paul’s. We welcome the following staff to our school community and look forward to having them as part of the team.

Guy Johnstone (Mathematics / Sargood Housemaster)
Guy was previously the Head of Outdoor Education and a Mathematics teacher at Hamilton Boys’ High School, where he had been since 2010. A St Paul’s Collegian (Sargood 1990-94), Guy gained his Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland, taught for three years as a Mathematics teacher and Outdoor Instructor at our Tihoi Venture School campus (2000-2002) and subsequently at Campbell Park (UK) and Waitaki Boys’ High School as a mathematician.

Jarna Old (Art)
Jarna is a second-year teacher who was teaching at Northcote College in 2018. Jarna holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design from Massey University. She has very strong digital art skills, which will be extremely useful in the delivery of both the St Paul’s art design and photography programmes. Jarna was brought up in Morrinsville, she attended Southwell School and St Peter’s High School in Cambridge.

Simon Tyndel (Physical Education)
Simon has a Master in Sports Science, having previously gained first class honours and a Bachelor of Sports Science for Performance Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. When Simon undertook his teaching training a few years ago, he completed a section at St Paul’s. Last year, Simon assisted with coaching the 1st XI football side, taking sole charge at the NZ Secondary Schools’ tournament in Christchurch and was the Head of Sports Science and Lead Academy Coach at Melville United FC. Simon has had extensive experience in the coaching and coordination of football in Auckland, Wellington, Perth, Sheffield and London.

Alby King (Strength and Conditioning Coordinator)
Alby gained his Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science from the Universal College of Learning and spent 2014 as an intern and boarding tutor at St Paul’s. Alby has had experience working with high performing teams and individuals; has been the lead strength and conditioning coach for the Kiwi Ferns rugby league team and the Cook Islands women’s seven side. Since 2016, he has been the lead performance coach at Athlete Nation Sports Centre.

Sonya Noble (Director of Netball)
Sonya has been coach of the St Paul’s Open A premier girls’ netball team for the past three seasons, while running a netball coaching group, ‘Pivotal’, based at St Paul’s and a netball shop at Minogue Park. Sonya has had extensive coaching experience at representative age level and for the Becko Magic Development side. In her role at St Paul’s, she will oversee the organisation, resourcing, coaching, promotion and development of netball.

Sandra Ardern (Sports/DECA Administrator)
Sandra joins St Paul’s from the Hamilton City Council, where she worked in Payroll/HR administration and support. Prior to that, Sandra had significant educational experience, working at Hamilton Boys’ High School as the Dean’s Secretary.