Teaching staff

  • Accounting/Economics Angela Bromwich

    Angela Bromwich

    Head of Department, Commerce

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    Angela Bromwich

    Angela Bromwich

    Head of Department, Commerce, Accounting/Economics

    Angela gained her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland and has considerable experience in curriculum development and assessment as an NZQA contractor, national moderator, panel leader for NCEA Accounting Level 1 and 2, digital assessment writer and materials developer.

    Angela was previously the HOD of Commerce at Edgewater College, Auckland Diocesan School for Girls and has had leadership positions at the Correspondence School. Prior to joining St Paul’s, she was teaching at St Cuthbert’s College.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8745 Email: a.bromwich@stpauls.school.nz

  • Accounting/Economics Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

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    Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

    Accounting/Economics

    A St Paul's Collegian (Sargood 2001-2005), Daniel completed his Bachelor in Business Analysis at the University of Waikato, after having spent some time working in banking services.

    An accomplished rugby player in his own right – NZU17, coached Fraser Tech premier side and assisted with Waikato U19 rep team – Daniel has a real interest in business studies.

    He has shown excellent rapport with St Paul's students as a Boarding House Tutor in both 2010 and 2016/17, and proved an impressive teacher trainee on placement at St Paul’s in 2017. Daniel is currently the Deputy Housemaster of School House.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8745
    Email: d.teka@stpauls.school.nz

  • Accounting/Economics Garth Littlejohn

    Garth Littlejohn

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    Garth Littlejohn

    Garth Littlejohn

    Accounting/Economics

    Garth was educated at Whakatane HIgh School and the University of Waikato. He completed a BMS (hons) in 1992 and subsequently a teaching diploma in 1999. He is currently close to finishing a Diploma in Careers Development.

    In 1993, Garth started his working career at the Gallagher Group, before leaving to travel extensively. A keen sportsman, Garth played extensive representative cricket for Bay of Plenty, Hamilton and for Northern Districts up to A team level. He played two years of league cricket in England and is also keen on golf and squash. Garth was involved in coaching several Northern Districts age group sides and the St Paul's 1st XI for 11 seasons.

    Garth has been a commerce teacher at St Pauls for 20 years, which included time on the cricket ground staff and also as a Deputy Housemaster in Clark House from 2015 to 2017.

    He is married to Jenny and together they have three children, Kate, Ben and Laura who have all been or are currently St Paul's students.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8745 Email: g.littlejohn@stpauls.school.nz

  • Accounting/Economics Elizabeth Pitu

    Elizabeth Pitu

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    Elizabeth Pitu

    Elizabeth Pitu

    Accounting/Economics

    Elizabeth returned to St Paul’s in 2015 to take up a position within the Commerce department.

    She was previously at St Paul’s from 1996-2007, where she was at different times Head of Commerce, Head of Faculty and a member of the Academic Management Group. In 2008, she took up a role with NZQA where she worked as a National Assessment Moderator of Accounting and then resource deployment for NCEA.

    After a year with the University of Auckland in the Educational faculty, Elizabeth returned to St Paul’s and her true passion of classroom teaching within the Commerce department. She is also the Deputy Housemaster for Harington (Day) House.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8745
    Email: e.pitu@stpauls.school.nz

  • Agribusiness Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Teacher in Charge

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    Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Teacher in Charge, Agribusiness

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 21 275 8500
    Email: c.foot@stpauls.school.nz

  • Agribusiness Kerry Allen

    Kerry Allen

    Agribusiness Curriculum Director

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    Kerry Allen

    Kerry Allen

    Agribusiness Curriculum Director, Agribusiness

    Kerry’s passion lies in agriculture. She was appointed as the Agribusiness Project Curriculum Director in 2014 to help create and develop the school’s agribusiness teaching and learning programme, having witnessed the primary industry skills shortage first-hand as a part owner of two dairy farms and of AgFirst, a national agricultural consulting company.

    Qualified with a Master of Environmental Education (MEEd) from Australia’s Griffith University, a Diploma in Teaching from Christchurch and a Bachelor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (BPRTM) from Lincoln University, Kerry has been involved in the education sector for the past 18 years. She specialised in agricultural and horticultural science as a teacher, has been a regulator of NCEA exams, as well as a Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment writer. Kerry has held various roles in senior management in secondary schools, written numerous agricultural and horticultural science workbooks for ABA Books and Telford Polytechnic, and worked in the private sector as an educational consultant to schools.

    Her aim as a teacher is to make the curriculum practical and relevant so students can connect what they are learning with everyday life. “I want to ensure they develop good life skills, skills which will enable them to secure good jobs at the end.”

    Significant awards:
    Kudos Science Award – WINTEC Secondary Science Teacher/Educator/Communicator Award (2017)

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8839 Email: k.allen@stpauls.school.nz

  • Agribusiness Melanie Simmons

    Melanie Simmons

    Advisor to Schools

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    Melanie Simmons

    Melanie Simmons

    Advisor to Schools, Agribusiness

    Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology and Secondary Teaching from Massey University.

    From 2008 through to 2017, Melanie held several positions within NZQA including a marker of Level 1 Ag/Hort, independent checker for Levels 1 and 2 Ag/Hort, materials developer and examiner for Level 1 Ag/Hort and agribusiness moderator for Levels 2 and 3.

    From 2005 through to 2017, Melanie worked at Fielding High School as a teacher of Sciences, the HOD for Horticulture and more recently, Director of Agribusiness. She was also the teacher in charge of equestrian and road cycling.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8870 Email: m.simmons@stpauls.school.nz

  • Arts Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Leader of Curriculum and Teacher in Charge, Drama

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    Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Leader of Curriculum and Teacher in Charge, Drama, Arts

    With 14 years’ experience teaching in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Bruce joined St Paul’s as the Head of Drama in 2015.

    Prior to that, he worked at Rangitikei College in Marton, where he was Head of the Arts department and the Year 12 Dean. During his time in the UK, Bruce spent six years as the teacher in charge of drama and the boarding house tutor at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. An old boy of Whangarei Boys’ High School, Bruce gained his tertiary education at the University of Waikato, gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. During that time, Bruce also worked at Southwell School as a boarding house tutor.

    Contact:
    Email: b.rawson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Arts Timothy Carpenter

    Timothy Carpenter

    Head of Department, Music

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    Timothy Carpenter

    Timothy Carpenter

    Head of Department, Music, Arts

    Tim joined St Paul’s as director of vocal music, organist, choirmaster and musical director of school productions. He also teaches scholarship music.

    An outstanding musician in his own right, Tim was educated at St Peter’s where he was selected to sing in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir. He has Grade 8 qualification in the organ, piano and singing (all with distinction) and LRSM (distinction) in cello. He has a Bachelor of Music (performance cello) from the University of Waikato, an Honours degree (in organ) from the University of Auckland and has a Masters with first class honours in conducting.

    Tim is in demand around the country as a freelance conductor, working regularly with ensembles such as Opera Otago, Manakau Symphony Orchestra and Opus Orchestra. In Hamilton, he is the Musical Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir and in 2017, was the Musical Director of Hamilton Operatic's production of Mary Poppins. Tim also has a Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8876 Email: t.carpenter@stpauls.school.nz

  • Arts Jarna Old

    Jarna Old

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    Jarna Old

    Jarna Old

    Arts

    Jarna is a second-year teacher who was teaching at Northcote College prior to joining St Paul's. 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.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8748 Email: j.old@stpauls.school.nz

  • Arts Blair Heaton

    Blair Heaton

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    Blair Heaton

    Blair Heaton

    Arts

    Blair came to St Paul’s from Auckland Grammar where he had been teaching Art since 2004. He also had considerable responsibility as a boarding housemaster for six years as well as Dean of 145 international students for three years.

    Blair gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Otago and has a Masters in Counselling from the University of Waikato. A very successful rugby coach, Blair was an assistant coach of Auckland Grammar’s 1st XV and in 2016 he coached the national championship winning under-15 side.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8808
    Email: b.heaton@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Joshua Howard

    Joshua Howard

    Teacher in Charge, Media Studies

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    Joshua Howard

    Joshua Howard

    Teacher in Charge, Media Studies, English

    Josh joined St Paul’s as a Media Studies teacher in 2011. At the time, he was a first year teacher from the University of Waikato and had completed his teaching placement here at St Paul’s.

    Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Josh came on board to teach Media Studies following extensive experience in the industry. He has skills and knowledge in the area of production and continues to develop his skills through creating media for online forums.

    Joshua was a Queen Scout and Gold Duke of Edinburgh recipient and enjoys camping and the outdoors.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8747 Email: j.howard@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Bryan Summerfield

    Bryan Summerfield

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department

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    Bryan Summerfield

    Bryan Summerfield

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, English

    Bryan switched to teaching after a 10-year career in retail and banking, joining Hamilton Boys’ High School as an English teacher. He has extensive pastoral care experience through supporting students at risk and being a Year 11 and Year 13 Dean.

    Up until 2017, Bryan was the staff representative on the Hamilton Boys’ Board of Trustees and he took a leadership role in the Hamilton Central Schools’ Community of Learning.

    Bryan has coached football and was the editor of the Hamilton Boys’ school magazine. Outside of school, he is a volunteer firefighter.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8894 Email: b.summerfield@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Brad Emslie

    Brad Emslie

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    Brad Emslie

    Brad Emslie

    English

    Brad gained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Cape Town. He taught for two years in South Africa and then a further two years in Hong Kong.

    For the past four years, he has taught at Westlake Boys’ High School. At Westlake Boys’, Brad coached 1st XV rugby and managed the 1st XI cricket side. Brad has also had responsibility at Westlake Boys’ as a House Leader and in South Africa he had experience as a Boarding Housemaster. In 2017, Brad completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. Coming to St Paul’s in 2018, Brad is also the Deputy Housemaster for Williams House.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8747
    Email: b.emslie@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Stacey King

    Stacey King

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    Stacey King

    Stacey King

    English

    Stacey was educated in the Franklin area, where she was the Head Girl of Tuakau College, going on to be recognised as dux, before becoming their top scholar in NCEA Level Three.

    She completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and History and a Diploma in Teaching at the University of Waikato, before starting her first teaching position at Onewhero Area School and then Trident High School, where she taught English and Year 12 History.

    A very able netball umpire, Stacey was Counties-Manukau umpire of the year in 2010. Stacey joined St Paul’s in 2017 as an English teacher. She is also the Deputy Housemaster for Harington (Day) House.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8747
    Email: s.king@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Heidi Lewis

    Heidi Lewis

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    Heidi Lewis

    Heidi Lewis

    English

    Heidi taught English in a part time capacity at St Paul’s in 2014, before taking up a full time position at Cambridge High School, where she was teacher-in-charge of debating,, gifted and talented and the boys' literacy programme.

    Prior to this, Heidi taught for two years at Matamata College, two years in the United Kingdom and five years in South Africa where she also gained her Bachelor of Education from the University of Kwa-Zulu in Natal.

    Since joining the St Paul’s team in 2017, Heidi has been the teacher in charge of the junior enrichment programme. She is also the Housemaster for Harington (Day) House.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8747
    Email: h.lewis@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Colin Lewis

    Colin Lewis

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    Colin Lewis

    Colin Lewis

    English

    Born in Zimbabwe but educated in South Africa at Pinetown Boys High School, Colin was the Deputy Head boy in 2001 and played 1st XV rugby. From 2002 - 2005 he completed a Bachelor of Education through the University of South Africa, majoring in the subjects of English and History, whilst completing a teaching internship at Westville Boys High School. He then taught at Westville Boys High School in 2006, whilst also coaching rugby, cricket, soccer and athletics.

    January 2007 - July 2008, Colin taught English and P. E. in the UK at Greendown Community School in Swindon, whilst also playing senior rugby for Cirencester Rugby Club.

    In August 2008 Colin returned to South Africa and Westville Boys High School where he became the pastoral Dean for Year 9's, and taught English and History. Colin remained there until December 2010. During this time he also played Senior rugby for Hillcrest Villagers.

    In January 2011 Colin and his family moved to New Zealand where he taught English at Matamata College, whilst also coaching 2nd XV rugby. During this year he played senior rugby for Leamington Rugby Club.

    In January 2012 Colin started teaching at St Paul's Collegiate as an English teacher, whilst coaching cricket and rugby. During his time at St Paul's he has been in boarding (Williams House Deputy Housemaster 2013 - 2014) and then became Housemaster of Fitchett House in 2015 - current. Colin has coached 2nd XV rugby (2012 - 2015) and travelled to Argentina with the St Paul's rugby team in 2015. He coached Colts cricket 2013 - 2014, and has travelled to Cambodia with the St Paul's service team in 2016 and 2017 where he led the trip.

    Personally, Colin is a Christian who is strong in belief and is married with 2 sons. He lives in Cambridge

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8895
    Email: c.lewis@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Michael Groom

    Michael Groom

    Michael Groom

    Michael Groom

    English

  • Languages Tahau Thompson

    Tahau Thompson

    Teacher in Charge, Te Reo Maori

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    Tahau Thompson

    Tahau Thompson

    Teacher in Charge, Te Reo Maori, Languages

    Tahau started his teaching career at Western Springs College, having gained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland and an Advanced Māori Language Diploma at Te Whare Wananga o Aotearoa.

    Before coming to St Paul’s in 2017, Tahau was head of the Faculty of Māori at Mt Albert Grammar for four years.

    Skilled in Kapa Haka, he is a nationally respected performer and tutor. Tahau has a real passion for touch and rugby.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8912 Email: t.thompson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Languages Martin Simoncelli

    Martin Simoncelli

    Teacher in Charge, Spanish

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    Martin Simoncelli

    Martin Simoncelli

    Teacher in Charge, Spanish, Languages

    Martin has significant international rowing and coaching experience at junior level in both New Zealand and Uruguay and U23 level in New Zealand.

    Martin also has coaching experience at both Takapuna Grammar and Hauraki Plains College and he teaches Spanish at St Paul’s.

    Contact:
    Email: m.simoncelli@stpauls.school.nz

  • Languages Robert Aldridge

    Robert Aldridge

    Teacher in Charge, French

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    Robert Aldridge

    Robert Aldridge

    Teacher in Charge, French, Languages

    Robert was educated at Waimea College in Richmond, Nelson.

    He completed a B.A. at Victoria University of Wellington majoring in English, French and German. After teaching English in Germany for 2 years, he returned to complete a B.A. (Hons) in German. After commencing teaching, he undertook a Diploma of Humanities in Japanese by correspondence at Massey University.

    Robert was appointed Head of Department in Languages at St Paul's in 1999 and is currently teaching French classes from Year 9 to Year 13. He enjoys coaching triathlon and cycling.

    A keen sportsman in his spare time, Robert has amongst other events completed 26 marathons and 11 Ironman races.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8746 Email: r.aldridge@stpauls.school.nz

  • Languages Lee Elliott

    Lee Elliott

    Teacher in Charge, ESOL

    Lee Elliott

    Lee Elliott

    Teacher in Charge, ESOL, Languages

  • Languages Helen Richardson

    Helen Richardson

    Director of International Students

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    Helen Richardson

    Helen Richardson

    Director of International Students, Languages

    Helen’s journey working in the international space began when she managed the YWCA Hostel in Hamilton, a Hostel that worked closely with Wintec’s international department. Through this relationship, Helen was recruited by Wintec, first as a homestay coordinator and then moved her way up to the manager of pastoral care. She was also appointed Chair of Waikato Education International, an organisation all local education institutes that host international students are members of.

    After 10 years with Wintec, Helen sought a change to the secondary school sector and a role that would enable her to oversee the whole process for international students. She was attracted to St Paul’s having had her son schooled here. Appointed in 2012, as the Director of International Students, Helen manages the process from recruitment through to overseeing the students’ study experience and international alumni.

    Although limited travel prior, Helen is now a frequent flyer as her role also requires her to travel overseas to meet with education agents who help promote St Paul’s, as well as to catch up with the parents of current students. One thing Helen takes particularly seriously within her role is the care of our international students.

    Equipped with a Diploma in Business Management, Helen originally wanted to be an event manager – skills which she gets to put to good use when organising the school’s international week.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8843 Email: h.richardson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Tess Hastie

    Tess Hastie

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department

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    Tess Hastie

    Tess Hastie

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, Mathematics

    Tess has been the Assistant Head of the Mathematics department for three years at St Paul's, before being appointed as the Head of department.

    Tess received an award for the highest academic in the final year of her degree at the University of Natal and was the Head Girl of her school in South Africa.

    She joined St Paul’s in 2003, having previously taught at Mt Roskill Grammar School and Northwood Boys’ High School in Durban. In 2017, she gained her Masters in Educational Leadership (first class honours) at the University of Waikato.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8711 Email: t.hastie@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Katie Lilley

    Katie Lilley

    Assistant Head of Department

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    Katie Lilley

    Katie Lilley

    Assistant Head of Department, Mathematics

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8811
    Email: k.lilley@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Neil Muirhead

    Neil Muirhead

    Neil Muirhead

    Neil Muirhead

    Mathematics

  • Mathematics Carl Neethling

    Carl Neethling

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    Carl Neethling

    Carl Neethling

    Mathematics

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8815
    Email: c.neethling@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

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    Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

    Mathematics

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8869
    Email: h.bradford@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Byron de Beer

    Byron de Beer

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    Byron de Beer

    Byron de Beer

    Mathematics

    A former Head of House and Chapel Prefect, Byron is a St Paul’s Collegian (School 2002-2006) who was appointed to the Mathematics department in 2015.

    He spent the first three years of his teaching career at St Peter’s College in Auckland, where he developed into an outstanding teacher of mathematics and science.

    Byron has coached athletics, football and rowing.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8711 Email: b.debeer@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson

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    Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson

    Mathematics

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8845
    Email: p.wilson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Guy Johnstone

    Guy Johnstone

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    Guy Johnstone

    Guy Johnstone

    Mathematics

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8846
    Email: g.johnstone@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Carolyn Gibbs

    Carolyn Gibbs

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    Carolyn Gibbs

    Carolyn Gibbs

    Mathematics

    Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science from Massey University, with a major in Statistics, and more recently (2016) she gained her Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Waikato.

    Her teaching subjects are junior Mathematics and senior Mathematics with Statistics. She has also given private Maths tutoring to secondary school students up to Year 12.

    From November 2016 through to December 2017, Carolyn was a teacher of Mathematics at Rototuna Junior High School, joining St Paul’s in 2018.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8711 Email: c.gibbs@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Andrew Gibbs

    Andrew Gibbs

    Head of Department

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    Andrew Gibbs

    Andrew Gibbs

    Head of Department, Physical Education

    Andrew has played both amateur and professional rugby. For rugby union, Andrew played for Northland, Manawatu, Gloucester and Bourgoin-Jallieu (semi-finalist European Cup) as a senior representative and New Zealand as an U19 representative. For rugby league, he played for St George (ARL) and Adelaide Rams (Super League).

    Andrew has coached St Paul’s and Fielding High School 1st XV teams, as well as Manawatu Secondary School, Whangarei Boys High School and St Paul’s 2nd XV and U15 teams. Andrew also has experience as a development officer for the Manawatu Rugby Union and has a Level Three Coaching Certificate.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8840
    Email: a.gibbs@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Michael Rameka

    Michael Rameka

    Assistant Head of Department

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    Michael Rameka

    Michael Rameka

    Assistant Head of Department, Physical Education

    Michael is a St Paul’s Collegian (Williams 1997-1999) who joined the Physical Education department in 2015. Michael holds a double degree in sport and leisure and teaching. Prior to St Paul’s, Michael worked at Horowhenua College, where he was the acting Head of Faculty. Teaching aside, Michael is also the Deputy Housemaster of Sargood House.

    A talented and diverse sportsman, Michael has an excellent record as a player and coach in basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer and futsal, as well as holds coaching certificates in hockey and athletics.

    Michael has New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. He has ten years of cricket coaching experience at all levels, from beginners to provincial players. Michael has held numerous coaching positions at regional and club level, ranging from assistant positions on the Horowhenua Kapiti men’s team, to coaching junior boys' teams.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8717
    Email: m.rameka@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Craig Hardman

    Craig Hardman

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    Craig Hardman

    Craig Hardman

    Physical Education

    Before taking up the role of Deputy Headmaster for pastoral care, Craig was the Head of Physical Education at St Paul’s. He has also been the Housemaster in charge of Williams House. He joined the school after completing a conjoint degree in teaching and sports and leisure.

    Teaching aside, Craig is also an experienced coach, he has coached at various levels from school through to Waikato and Midlands Hockey. Since his arrival, he has coached the 1st XI hockey team, culminating in the team becoming national secondary school champions in the Rankin Cup and being named the secondary schools’ ‘team of the year’ at the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards.

    Craig has developed and implemented various school initiatives such as the Xccellerator programme for junior high performance sportsmen and the Character Education programme, a drive to introduce character development into the curriculum. He also forged a partnership with the regional Midlands Hockey organisation and helped establish a Collegians' Hockey Club to enable past students and members of the community to play hockey through the school.

    Significant awards:
    ISNZ Honours Award for service to students and sport (2018)

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8848
    Email: c.hardman@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Ryan McCarthy

    Ryan McCarthy

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    Ryan McCarthy

    Ryan McCarthy

    Physical Education

    Ryan is a St Paul’s Collegian (Sargood 1993-1997). Qualified with a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Otago, he joined St Paul’s in a teaching capacity in 2011, coming from Macleans College. Prior to that, he was teaching at Onehunga High School.

    Ryan has had years of boarding experience – five of those as a student in Sargood House where he was Head of House and another five years at John McGlashan College Senior House and Housemaster, so it made sense he also be appointed the Housemaster of Sargood House.

    Ryan’s co-curricular interests are rugby, weightlifting, touch and athletics. Ryan has played for Auckland Premier Rugby, Auckland Emerging Players, Dunedin Premier Rugby, Highlanders Super 14, Otago Air New Zealand Cup (which included 53 first-class games) and North Otago NPC. He coached Onehunga High School U15 and U15B (Auckland champions) and was the assistant coach of Macleans College 1st XV. Ryan currently coaches the St Paul’s development rugby team.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8823 Email: r.mccarthy@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Daniel Harper

    Daniel Harper

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    Daniel Harper

    Daniel Harper

    Physical Education

    Daniel came to St Paul’s in 2017 from the Silver Fern International School in Thailand where he had been the head of department of physical education since 2015.

    Prior to that, he spent two and a half years as a PE teacher at Hastings Boys' High School, where he ran their cricket academy, assisting with the coaching of their 1st XI and coaching a junior rugby side. Daniel gained his Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology.

    An accomplished cricketer himself, Daniel holds a New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. He also has a strong interest and background in hockey. Having coached a number of teams, he enjoys what impact a positive team culture can have on an athlete. He believes this is the primary reason why St Paul’s have achieved great success over a number of national tournaments.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8848
    Email: d.harper@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Simon Tyndel

    Simon Tyndel

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    Simon Tyndel

    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, he completed a section at St Paul’s.

    Simon grew up in London and has been involved in football all his life. He played for several state level (semi-professional) clubs in England before focusing on coaching.

    Prior to St Paul's, Simon worked for 10 years as a football coach. He has coached at all levels of the game in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and USA. During this time, he worked at five different professional clubs, various state level clubs and worked on the New Zealand Football NTC programme. He is currently in the process of completing his football coaching A licence.

    Simon is also an accomplished strength and conditioning coach with a level 2 ASCA accreditation. He has experience of providing strength and conditioning support to professional football players and was a member of staff for the New Zealand Young Football Ferns who travelled to Papua New Guinea for the 2016 FIFA World Cup.

    Simon is the current Melville United U19 coach and 1st team assistant coach, in addition to coaching the St Paul's 1st XI.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8848 Email: s.tyndel@stpauls.school.nz

  • Religious Studies Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain

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    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain, Religious Studies

    Peter has 20 years of impressive and varied experience in the Anglican Church of New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. He has worked as a community and youth worker, counsellor, teacher, prison and school chaplain, vicar and, prior to returning to St Paul’s, he was Dean of the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter. Peter was St Paul’s Chaplain for four years, from 2001 to 2004, before he returned to Parish Ministry in the United Kingdom.

    In his role as Waikato Cathedral Dean, he had extensive management and leadership experience, working with over 200 volunteers and 10 employees, assisting the homeless and mentally ill, providing outreach services programme for youth, the elderly and the vulnerable, while overseeing the Cathedral – a church that plays a central role in the life of the Anglican Church in the Waikato.

    Outside the church, as a first aid instructor, Peter has had experience as a community ambulance first responder, is an active leader in Hamilton Sea Scouts as an instructor in kayaking and sailing and is a qualified PADI scuba dive instructor. Articulate and engaging, Peter relates comfortably and easily to young people and has strong pastoral care and guidance skills.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8842
    Email: revpeter@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Duncan Smith

    Duncan Smith

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, Chemistry

    Duncan Smith

    Duncan Smith

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, Chemistry, Science

  • Science Kelvin Hogg

    Kelvin Hogg

    Head of Department, Science

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    Kelvin Hogg

    Kelvin Hogg

    Head of Department, Science, Science

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8879
    Email: k.hogg@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science David Sole

    David Sole

    Head of Department, Physics/Electronics

    David Sole

    David Sole

    Head of Department, Physics/Electronics, Science

  • Science Roger Bell

    Roger Bell

    Head of Department, Biology

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    Roger Bell

    Roger Bell

    Head of Department, Biology, Science

    Roger has coached swimming at St Paul’s for more than 10 years, training swimmers from learn-to-swim level to regional secondary schools level. He has helped St Paul’s to achieve continuous top-three school rankings at the Waikato secondary school swimming championships year-on-year. From school years, swimming and life saving, Roger trained as an instructor with the Volunteer Swimming Service when he started teaching in the 70s and has continued his association with teaching swimming ever since.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8768 Email: r.bell@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Ben Van Meygaarden

    Ben Van Meygaarden

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    Ben Van Meygaarden

    Ben Van Meygaarden

    Science

    Ben was educated at Howick College in Auckland. He completed a BSc in Physics. Then specialised, gaining an MSc in Geophysics and a Post Graduate teaching diploma all from the University of Auckland.

    He taught in Auckland for 2 years before travelling and continuing to teach in the United Kingdom, spending any breaks travelling around Europe. Leaving the UK to tour Africa and Asia he returned to New Zealand and settled in Hamilton. He joined St Paul’s in 2008, teaching Science, Physics, Computing and is the TIC for Cycling.

    He likes to stay active and cycles and runs, regularly competing in running events.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8738
    Email: b.vanmeygaarden@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

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    Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

    Science

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8709
    Email: j.mcgrath@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

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    Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

    Science

    Jackie started her teaching career in New Zealand at Fairfield College where she taught Mathematics for 6 months, before taking up her current position as senior Biology teacher at St Paul’s Collegiate in July of 2009.

    Prior to this, Jackie taught Biology for 20 years in South Africa, where she was also HOD and a member of the senior management team of the school. She gained her Bachelor of Science and Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Pretoria (1989) and her Masters in Educational Leadership (first class honours) from Waikato University in 2017.

    Since joining the St Paul’s team, Jackie has been the Housemaster of Harington Day for 8 years before becoming the Harington Boarding housemaster in 2019. Jackie relates comfortably to young people and has strong pastoral care skills.

    An able sportswoman, Jackie has the ability to coach netball and athletics. She is a Christian who is strong in belief, she is married and has two daughters.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8836
    Email: j.lock@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Michael Simmonds

    Michael Simmonds

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    Michael Simmonds

    Michael Simmonds

    Science

    Mike joined the Science teaching staff in 2012, having gained his PhD at the University of Salford and having undertaken research and tertiary teaching in both the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

    Mike first taught in New Zealand for three years at Matamata College before taking up a position as Head of the Physics department at Hamilton’s Fraser High School for five years before joining St Paul’s.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8738 Email: m.simmonds@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Keegan Stewart

    Keegan Stewart

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    Keegan Stewart

    Keegan Stewart

    Science

    Keegan graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

    He had a long history with St John’s College in Hamilton, where he moved from being a student to Teacher’s Assistant and Sports Coordinator. He has held the role of Master in Charge of rowing, rugby, football and tennis. In 2011, Keegan taught New Zealand workshops to secondary school students in Poznan, Poland through the AIESEC organisation.

    In 2014, Keegan became a boarding house tutor at St Paul’s and was the Assistant Housemaster in Williams House upon his appointment in 2015, a role he held until 2017.

    Contact:
    Email: k.stewart@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Jane Spenceley

    Jane Spenceley

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    Jane Spenceley

    Jane Spenceley

    Science

    Jane holds a Masters in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato.

    While studying Jane worked as a tutor and laboratory demonstrator for both secondary and tertiary level students. She is a member of the gold standard Waikato Youth Symphonic Band where she plays the Tenor Saxophone.

    Jane completed a six-week placement at St Paul’s in 2014 before being appointed as a science teacher in 2015. She is a key member of the school orchestra and big band.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8709 Email: j.spenceley@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Nicole Schollum

    Nicole Schollum

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    Nicole Schollum

    Nicole Schollum

    Science

    Nicole was educated at Aquinas College, where she was the Deputy Head Girl. In 2016, she completed a conjoint degree of a Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology and minoring in Earth Science at the University of Waikato.

    In 2017, Nicole had a LTR position at Tuakau College, where she taught Biology to Year 12 and Science to Years 8, 9 and 11.

    An able sportswoman, Nicole has the ability to coach basketball, volleyball, touch or netball.

    Contact:
    Email: n.schollum@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Ainsley Robson

    Ainsley Robson

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    Ainsley Robson

    Ainsley Robson

    Science

    Educated at Rotorua Boy's High School, Ainsley has a Bachelor of Science and Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Educational Leadership all from the University of Waikato.

    Joining the St Paul's team in 2013, Ainsley comes with a wealth of practical knowledge and understanding. At the age of 29, he was appointed Deputy Principal at Hamilton's Fraser High School, meaning he now has over 10 years experience in educational management. Prior to that, he was Head Timetabler, Head of Chemistry, Year 13 Dean and mentored the school prefects.

    Outside of teaching, Ainsley has been an active sportsman, playing Football up to a National League level and representing Northern Districts A in Cricket.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8831
    Email: a.robson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Social Sciences Ian Campbell

    Ian Campbell

    Teacher in Charge, Tourism

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    Ian Campbell

    Ian Campbell

    Teacher in Charge, Tourism, Social Sciences

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8819
    Email: i.campbell@stpauls.school.nz

  • Social Sciences Christina Nicolaas

    Christina Nicolaas

    Leader of Curriculum

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    Christina Nicolaas

    Christina Nicolaas

    Leader of Curriculum, Social Sciences

    Christina’s teaching career spans eight years. She came to St Paul’s in 2018 from Aquinas College in Tauranga, where she was a Dean for four years, Head of Social Studies, Head of History and held a Kahui Ako role. Prior to Aquinas, Christina taught at Hillcrest High School and Auckland’s McAuley High School.

    Born and raised in the Waikato, Christina schooled in Cambridge, going on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching at the University of Waikato. She also has Honours in History and a Masters in Education. She has written publications on the theory/practice of teaching History, as well as content-specific chapters on History topics studied in the classroom. She has also been involved in various aspects of the NCEA processes at national level.

    She describes her teaching style as energetic and passionate. “I believe in full student engagement and making learning relevant to our students.” As LOC for the Social Sciences department, Christina oversees Economics, Accounting, History, Geography, Social Studies, Tourism and Classics. She teaches Social Studies and History.

    An avid reader and beach lover, Christina also likes to keep active through running and walking. She will also be involved with coaching Netball at the school.

    Contact:
    Email: c.nicolaas@stpauls.school.nz

  • Social Sciences Matt Holdgate

    Matt Holdgate

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    Matt Holdgate

    Matt Holdgate

    Social Sciences

    Originally from Warkworth, Matt studied at the University of Waikato gaining a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. After several years teaching in New Zealand, including at Te Awamutu College, Westlake Boys High School and Saint Kentigern College, he left to play rugby in the UK. Injuries cut his time short and he has spent the last six years at Newington College in Sydney where he was the head of outdoor education and a resident boarding master. During this time, Matt completed a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Positive Education from the University of Melbourne. Matt is currently working towards a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and Counselling, through the University of East London.

    Matt has always been involved in coaching both rugby and cricket and was the coach of the New South Wales under-15 cricket academy team for the last two seasons.

    Matt joined St Paul's in 2019 as the Williams Housemaster, he is also a teacher of physical education and social studies and coaches the under-65kg rugby team.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 21 103 2296
    Email: m.holdgate@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Helen Chileshe

    Helen Chileshe

    Teacher in Charge, Computing

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    Helen Chileshe

    Helen Chileshe

    Teacher in Charge, Computing, Technology

    Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Diploma in Teaching from the University of Canterbury. Helen joined the Technology department at St Paul’s in 2015. At her previous school, Christ’s College in Christchurch, she held the position of Head of Digital Media.

    As part of the Global Schools’ programme through Childfund, Helen spent 2008 teaching in rural Zambia. While part of Natcoll’s curriculum team she wrote the curriculum and significant resources for the secondary schools’ ‘Creating Futures’ programme; a programme that is used nationwide.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8728 Email: h.chileshe@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Andrew Harries

    Andrew Harries

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department

    Andrew Harries

    Andrew Harries

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, Technology

  • Technology Simon Ward

    Simon Ward

    Director of Digital Learning

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    Simon Ward

    Simon Ward

    Director of Digital Learning, Technology

    Simon joined St Paul’s in 2013 to take up the position of Director of Digital Learning.

    He has a Bachelor of Science (Technology) from the University of Waikato. Simon started his teaching career at Hillcrest High School, a school that he taught at for nine years – the last five years as their ICT Director, where he gained significant experience in the management of ICT, overseeing just over 500 workstations or laptops, managing their internet, wireless and network. He had a year away in 2007, where he taught in schools in Essex and Suffolk.

    Since joining St Paul’s, Simon has made a positive impact on the school’s use of ICT in the teaching and learning programmes.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8862 Email: s.ward@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Iain Rudkin

    Iain Rudkin

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    Iain Rudkin

    Iain Rudkin

    Technology

    Educated in Scotland, Iain gained a Bachelor of Technological Education with Honours at the University of Glasgow and a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology and E-Learning at Wintec.

    He first worked as a technology teacher in Scotland for eight years before immigrating to New Zealand. Prior to St Paul’s, Mr Rudkin taught Electronics, Woodwork, Graphics and Carpentry for four years at Cambridge High School and spent three and a half years working with Youth at Risk in alternative education settings. In 2013, he was the New Zealand Vodafone Foundation ‘World of Difference’ recipient, which enabled him to work with the Kiwi E-Learning Trust.

    A keen sportsman, Iain competed in the trans-Atlantic rowing race in 2005, and is an avid sailor and tramper. Iain joined St Paul’s as a teacher in the Technology department in 2014.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8868 Email: i.rudkin@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Mathew Hewett

    Mathew Hewett

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    Mathew Hewett

    Mathew Hewett

    Technology

    Mathew completed graduate diplomas in engineering and teaching, going on to apply his trade in two schools – Aorere College and Fairfield College – before joining St Paul’s in 2015.

    Mathew has a proven track record of providing innovative programmes within engineering, woodwork and design and visual communications. As a registered gasfitter, Mathew also holds industry knowledge and expertise.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8868 Email: m.hewett@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Phillip Clement

    Phillip Clement

    Phillip Clement

    Phillip Clement

    Technology

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