Teaching staff

  • Accounting/Economics Angela Bromwich

    Angela Bromwich

    Leader of Curriculum Social Sciences, Head of Department Commerce

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    Angela Bromwich

    Angela Bromwich

    Leader of Curriculum Social Sciences, 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 Elizabeth Pitu

    Elizabeth Pitu

    Teacher of Accounting and Economics

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    Elizabeth Pitu

    Elizabeth Pitu

    Teacher of Accounting and Economics, 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.

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

  • Accounting/Economics Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

    Teacher of Accounting and Economics

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    Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

    Teacher of Accounting and Economics, 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 and is currently the Housemaster of School House.

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

  • Accounting/Economics Sian Pearson

    Sian Pearson

    Teacher of Accounting and Business

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    Sian Pearson

    Sian Pearson

    Teacher of Accounting and Business, Accounting/Economics

    Before joining St Paul's, Ms Sian Pearson worked in the accounting industry for a few years before moving into the classroom.

    She holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and a minor in Human Resource Management and a Masters of Teaching and Learning, both from the University of Waikato.

    Ms Pearson brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to excellence to the classroom.

    Email: s.pearson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Accounting/Economics Michael Doyle

    Michael Doyle

    Teacher of Economics

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    Michael Doyle

    Michael Doyle

    Teacher of Economics, Accounting/Economics

    Mr Michael Doyle brought passion for teaching and dedication to education to St Paul's Collegiate School when he joined in 2024 moving from Rototuna Senior High School.

    A graduate of the University of Waikato, Mr Doyle holds a Bachelor of Business and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. His academic background has equipped him with a solid foundation to excel in the field of education.

    Outside of school, Mr Doyle is a devoted family man, cherishing time spent with his wife and two children.

    Email: m.doyle@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 Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Head of Department Agricultural & Horticultural Science

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    Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Head of Department Agricultural & Horticultural Science, Agribusiness

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

  • Agribusiness Dhirendra Singh

    Dhirendra Singh

    Teacher of Agriculture and Horticulture Science

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    Dhirendra Singh

    Dhirendra Singh

    Teacher of Agriculture and Horticulture Science, Agribusiness

    Dhirendra joined St Paul's from Melville High School bringing with him a wealth of international and local agricultural experience. At Melville High School, he held the roles of Teacher of Science and Teacher in Charge of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.

    He has also worked as a Teacher in Charge of Agriculture and Horticulture Science and a Science Teacher at Rosehill College and taught Agriculture at Taratahi Institute while also being a part of the Rural Animal Technician programme at Wintec. Dhirendra had 12 years of international Secondary Teaching experience from Fiji.

    He gained a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of the South Pacific, an International Diploma in Tertiary Teaching from the Fiji National University, formally known as Fiji Institute of Technology, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Waikato.

    Contact:
    Email: d.singh@stpauls.school.nz

  • Agribusiness Suzy Newman

    Suzy Newman

    Agricultural and Horticultural Science Advisor

    Suzy Newman

    Suzy Newman

    Agricultural and Horticultural Science Advisor, Agribusiness

  • Arts - Drama Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Head of Department Drama

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    Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Head of Department Drama, Arts - Drama

    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 - Music Heather Fox

    Heather Fox

    Acting Head of Music

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    Heather Fox

    Heather Fox

    Acting Head of Music, Arts - Music

    Heather Fox holds a string of credentials from around the world along with international teaching experience from Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom in music and the arts. She has chosen to continue her love of teaching and share her knowledge and expertise with students of St Paul’s.

    Heather spent 16 years working at world-renowned private schools, most recently, Al Bateen Academy in Abu Dhabi, as the Deputy Head of Senior School and the Head of Music.

    Originally employed as the Head of Music, Heather improved General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Music to 100% (grades 9-6) and was rated outstanding by Abu Dhabi Education Council. She successfully established the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum in the school with results soaring to 100% (grades 9-5) which was also rated outstanding.

    After receiving a promotion to Deputy Head of Senior School, Heather took on several duties including designing and implementing curriculum, department reviews and management of staff and projects - all while maintaining her music teaching. The biggest highlight in her teaching career was seeing one of her students achieve the Pearson GCSE Music ‘Highest Mark in the World’ for private schools while teaching at Al Bateen.

    Prior to Al Bateen Academy, Heather was employed as Head of Creative Arts at The British International School in Abu Dhabi. She led the subjects within the music, drama, and dance departments over a two-year period.

    Heather’s education comes highly qualified holding a Bachelor of Music with Honours from The University of Hull in East Riding of Yorkshire, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education where she completed her Qualified Teacher Status and went on to further her credentials with The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

    Her professional development has been ongoing throughout her career, obtaining her NPQSL, IBDP Managing the Extended Essay CAT 3 and Penta Inspection Training Level 1 and 2 - just to name a few.

    Heather brings her extensive musical and arts background to St Pauls’ teaching music to Year 9, 10, 11 and 13.

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 Email: h.fox@stpauls.school.nz

  • Arts - Music Anna Leese

    Anna Leese

    Teacher of Music and Voice

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    Anna Leese

    Anna Leese

    Teacher of Music and Voice, Arts - Music

    Anna is a professional lyric soprano and New Zealand Soprano and international singer and performer.

    Anna is a teaching fellow at the University of Waikato as well as a doctoral candidate at the University of Otago, where she is researching co-composition between singers and conductors in Aotearoa, NZ.

    Anna has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Classical Opera Company, Opera Köln, Flanders Opera, Opera Holland Park, Canadian Opera Company, and for New Zealand Opera, as well as representing NZ in Cardiff Singer of the World.

    Most recently Anna has sung Strangest of Angels (New Zealand Opera), Mozart’s Requiem with New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, at the Adam Chamber Music Festival, Nelson; Wakatipu Festival, Queenstown; Ravel’s Scheherazade with Orchestra Wellington; Messiah with Queensland Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society; The Governess (Turn of the Screw) with New Zealand Opera; Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra; Auckland Choral Society, and in A Night at the Opera Gala with Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.

    Anna’s recordings include Elgar’s The Apostles, a recital disc with Graham Johnson, and Haydn: ‘Italian Love Songs’.

    She holds qualifications as PGDip Teaching (primary), MusB (Hons), PGDip Advanced Opera Studies (Royal College of Music, London), Doctoral Candidate in Musical Arts (Otago University).

  • Arts - Music Greg Taylor

    Greg Taylor

    Teacher of Music and Tutor of Piano

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    Greg Taylor

    Greg Taylor

    Teacher of Music and Tutor of Piano, Arts - Music

    Greg has been teaching music for more than 15 years, both in the UK and New Zealand. He is a classically trained pianist and brass player and studied for his Bachelor’s degree in Music at Leeds University in the UK.

    Greg has worked as a session musician for numerous years, recording and touring with acts such as Katchafire, Mighty Mighty, Lost Tribe Aotearoa and West Coast Jazz Band. His teaching is focused on performance technique, covering a broad spectrum of styles from Classical to Contemporary, with emphasis on Jazz and Blues improvisation and applied Theory. Greg has an eclectic approach to teaching, which caters to student’s individual needs and goals.

  • Arts - Visual Art Jonathan Cameron

    Jonathan Cameron

    Leader of Curriculum, Arts and Head of Department, Visual Arts

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    Jonathan Cameron

    Jonathan Cameron

    Leader of Curriculum, Arts and Head of Department, Visual Arts, Arts - Visual Art

    Jonathan came to St Paul’s as Arts Leader of Curriculum and Head of Visual Art after working at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School in Auckland for six years, where he maintained a number of leadership roles, including Acting Head of Visual Art. He loves working with and coaching students to find meaningful ways of communicating and expressing themselves in a visual form, and is very experienced in supporting students to reach high levels of success in their creative, visual-based subjects. Jonathan thrives on bringing the best out of his students and has supported many young people to pursue their dreams through the Visual Arts.

    Jonathan specialises in teaching Senior Photography, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture to Level 3 and Scholarship. He holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Arts from Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Alongside his role as an art educator, Jonathan maintains his own lens-based fine arts practice, is a Trustee for MESH Sculpture Hamilton, and enjoys keeping up with the latest in contemporary art action, both on a National and International level.

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

  • Arts - Visual Art Jamieson Hudson

    Jamieson Hudson

    Teacher of Visual Arts

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    Jamieson Hudson

    Jamieson Hudson

    Teacher of Visual Arts, Arts - Visual Art

    Ms Jamieson Hudson joined the Visual Arts Department in 2024 bringing with her a decade of experience, including five years as Head of the Visual Arts Department at Hamilton Boys' High School.

    She brings expertise in Photography, Art Design, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Textiles and is known for her commitment to Maatauranga Maaori while playing a key role in national curriculum and assessment development.

    Jamieson is also the regional chair for the Waikato Art Teacher's Association and on the Executive board for the Visual Arts national subject association, ANZAAE.

    Email: j.hudson@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 Drew Tierney

    Drew Tierney

    Assistant Leader of Curriculum

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    Drew Tierney

    Drew Tierney

    Assistant Leader of Curriculum, English

    Drew Tierney joins St Paul’s as a highly experienced English teacher. He most recently held Assistant Head of Faculty position for three years at Cambridge High School before teaching English at St John’s College for eleven years, where he also held Dean responsibilities.

    He spent five years with St Peter’s School, Cambridge teaching English and was also the Director of Rowing.

    Drew has extensive rowing experience including international umpiring and school coaching making him invaluable to our rowing team.

  • English Rachel Wallis

    Rachel Wallis

    Co-Associate Leader of Curriculum - English and Literacy Coordinator

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    Rachel Wallis

    Rachel Wallis

    Co-Associate Leader of Curriculum - English and Literacy Coordinator, English

    Rachel Wallis returns to St Paul's Collegiate School in several new capacities, including Deputy Housemaster of Harington Day House and Co-Associate Leader of Curriculum - English and Literacy Co-ordinator. Rachel began her teaching career at St Paul's in 2003 as a Teacher of English for three years.

    Most recently, Rachel was employed at Cambridge High School, where she held a variety of portfolios, including Kaahui Ako Across School Leader, several Teacher in Charge roles, Year Level and House Dean, and Staff Trustee. She has also taught at St Peter's School Cambridge, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, and has been an External Marker for NCEA for 14 years.

    Rachel finished a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching degree from the University of Waikato in 2001.

    When she isn't teaching, Rachel enjoys netball and supporting her children with their sports and reading.

    Contact:
    Email: r.wallis@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Rodney de Klerk

    Rodney de Klerk

    Teacher of English

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    Rodney de Klerk

    Rodney de Klerk

    Teacher of English, English

    Rodney has spent the seven years at Rathkeale College, where he held various positions, including Assistant Head of English, Housemaster of Repton, Teacher in Charge of Athletics, and coached cross country and rugby. Prior to moving to Masterton, Rodney was an Assistant to the Head of English at Hamilton Boys' High School, working there for seven years.

    He grew up in South Africa and gained a Bachelor of Education, majoring in English and Sport Science in 2007. In 2014, Rodney completed a Diploma in Ministry from Vision College in Hamilton.

    Rodney and his wife Sharai have three daughters and one son. He is committed to his church life and enjoys playing the guitar, fishing, and creative writing.

    Contact:
    Email: r.deklerk@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Angela Vandy

    Angela Vandy

    Teacher of English and Literacy

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    Angela Vandy

    Angela Vandy

    Teacher of English and Literacy, English

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: a.vandy@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Anna Strickett

    Anna Strickett

    Teacher of English

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    Anna Strickett

    Anna Strickett

    Teacher of English, English

    Ms Anna Strickett joined St Paul's in 2024 from Rolleston College in Christchurch, where she spent two years as the teacher in charge of Gifted and Talented students in English. Her role also involved providing support to students pursuing Scholarship English in Year 13. Prior to this, Ms Strickett taught at Hamilton Girls' High School.

    Educated at Massey University, Ms Strickett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Classical studies and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

    Beyond her academic pursuits, Ms Strickett is a passionate reader and has a love for the outdoors and hiking.

    Email: a.strickett@stpauls.school.nz

  • English Rachel Pollock

    Rachel Pollock

    Teacher of English

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    Rachel Pollock

    Rachel Pollock

    Teacher of English, English

    Rachel Gamble-Flint began rowing early in her high school years and at just 16 years of age, her hobby sport quickly turned into a professional career.

    Representing the Great Britain Rowing Team, the high-performance arm of British Rowing, Rachel competed at the highest level in her home country for six years with the hopes of ultimately making the Olympics.

    Sadly, a back injury cut her chances at Olympics short, but her passion for the sport remained. Channeling her sporting expertise into coaching, Rachel landed her first job at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School in Australia.

    Rachel played an integral role of developing the school’s rowing programme which then led to several successful seasons at North Island Secondary Schools' Regatta and the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Rowing Championships over the following two years.

    In 2019, she coached the U15 and U16 girls’ squads to North Island Secondary Schools and podium finishes were achieved.

    Rachel also spent time coaching the New Zealand Defence Force where they competed against other Commonwealth Nations at the Henley Royal Regatta, England.

    To maintain her world-class coaching status, Rachel is part of the Rowing New Zealand Career Coach programme.

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 Email: r.gamble-flint@stpauls.school.nz

  • English and Media Studies Savannah Patterson

    Savannah Patterson

    Teacher of English and Media Studies

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    Savannah Patterson

    Savannah Patterson

    Teacher of English and Media Studies, English and Media Studies

    Collegian and writer Savannah Patterson (Harington 2013-2014) teaches Media Studies and English.

    Tackling a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, New Media Studies, and Creative Writing kept Savannah very busy while attending the Auckland University of Technology. During her tertiary study, Savannah picked up a Deans Award and a Masters in Creative Writing before graduating in 2018.

    Initially entering her career path as a magazine and newspaper journalist, Savannah felt compelled towards teaching. After completing her Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from the University of Waikato, Savannah secured a teaching position at Morrinsville College in 2020.

    Savannah returned to St Paul’s in 2022 as a teacher and is passionate about English and Media Studies and being involved in extra curricular activities such as girls' cricket.

    Contact: Email: s.patterson@stpauls.school.nz

  • English and Media Studies Joshua Howard

    Joshua Howard

    Teacher in Charge, Media Studies and Teacher of English

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    Joshua Howard

    Joshua Howard

    Teacher in Charge, Media Studies and Teacher of English, English and Media Studies

    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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Learning Enhancement Meaghan Cooley

    Meaghan Cooley

    Head of Learning Enhancement Unit

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    Meaghan Cooley

    Meaghan Cooley

    Head of Learning Enhancement Unit, Learning Enhancement

    Meaghan Cooley joins St Paul's Collegiate School as a highly qualified Teacher of English.

    Meaghan has spent the last six years as a Teacher of English at Hamilton Boys' High School, where she also held Teacher with Curriculum Responsibility roles for Years 9, 10, and 11.

    Meaghan is looking forward to the exciting new change in the learning environment, mainly teaching girls for the first time.

    Having completed a Bachelor of International Communication from Unitec in 1997, Meaghan then undertook a Diploma in Learning and Teaching (Primary) from Auckland College of Education.

    Meaghan is married to fellow teacher Brendon and have three children, Tom, Olivia, and Jake. Meaghan enjoys reading, walking her dog Boris, hiking, and yoga when she's not in the classroom.

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

  • Learning Enhancement Nikki Steward

    Nikki Steward

    Learning Support Coordinator

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    Nikki Steward

    Nikki Steward

    Learning Support Coordinator, Learning Enhancement

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: n.steward@stpauls.school.nz

  • Learning Enhancement Marg Landon

    Marg Landon

    Teacher Aide

    Marg Landon

    Marg Landon

    Teacher Aide, Learning Enhancement

  • Learning Enhancement Lionel Tapara

    Lionel Tapara

    Teacher

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    Lionel Tapara

    Lionel Tapara

    Teacher, Learning Enhancement

    Mr Tapara has been a valued member of our community since the start of 2022, when he joined us as a teacher and the Deputy Housemaster of Sargood.

    With 18 years of teaching experience, including his time as Assistant Principal of Sommerville School in Auckland, he brings a wealth of expertise to the role. His deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that come with boarding school life has prepared him well for the responsibilities of a Housemaster.

    He is specialised in intensive education for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Constantly upskilling, Lionel has also completed courses at Growth Coaching New Zealand and The Education Group, which seeks to improve the culture around teachers, students and communities.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899
    Email: l.tapara@stpauls.school.nz

  • Learning Enhancement Nicki Carson

    Nicki Carson

    Teacher Aide

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    Nicki Carson

    Nicki Carson

    Teacher Aide, Learning Enhancement

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: n.carson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Learning Enhancement Chelsea Macfarlane

    Chelsea Macfarlane

    Teacher Aide

    Chelsea Macfarlane

    Chelsea Macfarlane

    Teacher Aide, Learning Enhancement

  • Learning Enhancement Hunter Ludlam

    Hunter Ludlam

    Teacher Aide

    Hunter Ludlam

    Hunter Ludlam

    Teacher Aide, Learning Enhancement

  • Learning Enhancement Maia Cooper

    Maia Cooper

    Teacher Aide

    Maia Cooper

    Maia Cooper

    Teacher Aide, Learning Enhancement

  • 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

    Katie studied a Bachelor of Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Mathematics with PE in 1997 to 1998, also at Loughborough.

    She taught Mathematics in England for three years from 1998-2001 at Dame Alice Owen school in Hertfordshire before moving to New Zealand in 2001. Upon arrive she taught Mathematics at Macleans College in Auckland for two years.

    In 2004 Katie moved to the Bay of Plenty and was Head of Department (HOD) of Mathematics at Aquinas College for 3 years. She started at St Paul's in 2007 as Housemaster of Harington Day and Assistant HOD of Mathematics. In 2012 she became Housemaster of Harington Boarding. She is now the Deputy Housemaster of Harington Boarding and Assistant HOD of Mathematics.

    Outside of the classroom, Katie is a keen sportswoman and has played most sports from Rugby to Basketball. She now concentrates on trail running and competes in various events around New Zealand.

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

  • Mathematics Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

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    Helen Bradford

    Helen Bradford

    Mathematics

    Originally from Hastings, Helen has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Mathematics from Massey University. She completed her Diploma in Teaching at Christchurch Teachers College and more recently completed her Masters of Educational Leadership with first class honours from the University of Waikato.

    Helen came to St Paul’s in 2008 from Fairfield College where she taught Mathematics for 25 years. She held various roles during this time as Dean, Assistant Head of Mathematics, Head Timetabler and Principal's Nominee. Returning to the Mathematics classroom as a full time teacher initially Helen acknowledges how important communication and relationships are to good classroom practice.

    At St Paul’s Helen took on the role as Teacher in Charge of Netball organising tours to Australia and within New Zealand to compete in our Trans Tasman Tournament. As the manager of our Open A Netball team she was pleased to be part of the team that went to National Level in 2018.

    An important part of her role is to ensure that the young men and women transition easily into St Paul’s and that they are set up to enjoy every success and opportunity available to them.

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

  • 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 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). He completed his Science Degree, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics before entering the education sector. His first few years in education were invested in St Peter's College in Auckland; developing as a teacher and coach of athletics, football and rowing.

    Byron completed a Grad Dip in Engineering before arriving at St Paul's Collegiate School in 2015, in Mathematics Department. During this time, he has completed a Post Grad Cert in Digital and Collaborative Learning (Unitec) and a Grad Dip in Applied Theology (Carey). He has coached football and futsal and is the assistant Housemaster of School House.

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

  • Mathematics Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

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    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Mathematics

    Having specialised in coaching at tertiary level, Matt is qualified with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato.

    He is a former Black Stick and has had a range of hockey coaching experience including the University of Waikato’s premier men’s team. Over the years, he’s taken high school, club and rep teams under his wing, leading some to national titles. “I have a good understanding of the phases of learning a skill which has allowed me to work with people of various ages and abilities. I can identify what type of coaching method is going to best suit the age and stage of a player.”

    Currently he coaches St Paul’s 1st XI boys’ team, as well as the Waikato University men, Midlands U18s, and is working for Midlands as a talent development coach.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8716 Email: m.rees-gibbs@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 gained her Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Waikato.

    Her teaching subjects are junior Mathematics and senior Mathematics with Statistics.

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

    Carolyn has managed netball and chess during her years at St Paul's.

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

  • Mathematics Jason Sharma

    Jason Sharma

    Teacher of Mathematics

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    Jason Sharma

    Jason Sharma

    Teacher of Mathematics, Mathematics

    Jason Sharma joins St Paul's Collegiate School taking on two roles as Teacher of Mathematics and Housemaster of Fitchett House.

    His most recent position was at Rototuna Senior High School, where he spent six years teaching mathematics and statistics, contributing to the pastoral care programme as an Iwi Leader (Dean). Before Rototuna, Jason taught mathematics and statistics at Tamaki College for three years and also had an international teaching stint in Pohang, South Korea during 2020.

    Initially completing a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Statistics and Geology, Jason then undertook his Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Auckland in 2015.

    Jason is passionate about providing outstanding pastoral care and aims to inspire young people to love mathematics as much as he does. He has two young sons and enjoys playing and coaching ultimate frisbee.

    Contact:
    Email: j.sharma@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Paul Cakebread

    Paul Cakebread

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    Paul Cakebread

    Paul Cakebread

    Mathematics

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 Email: p.cakebread@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Adam Ross

    Adam Ross

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    Adam Ross

    Adam Ross

    Mathematics

    Mr Adam Ross joined St Paul's Collegiate School in 2021 and moved into Williams House as Deputy Housemaster in 2022. Adam has previous boarding experience having worked for five years at Feilding High School as the Head of Boys' Boarding. Adam has spent time teaching in London, Hawkes Bay and Sydney where he graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Education in 2009. Adam teaches mathematics and he is often found lending an extra helping hand to the Williams House boys in this area.

    Adam is passionate about competitive sports. In particular, he coaches both rugby here at St Paul's. Taking the 7's team over the summer period and XV's in the winter. He has recently retired from playing rugby and has taken up long distance running competitions.

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8711 Email: a.ross@stpauls.school.nz

  • Mathematics Robert Torrance

    Robert Torrance

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    Robert Torrance

    Robert Torrance

    Mathematics

    Collegian Robert Torrance (School 2005-2009) joins St Paul’s as a teacher of mathematics.

    After completing a degree in psychology in 2012, Robert was drawn back to his love of mathematics and studied for a graduate diploma in statistics. It then became clear that teaching his favourite subject was to be his career path and finished his studies with a graduate diploma in secondary teaching in 2016.

    Robert has spent five years teaching senior statistics and calculus classes at Hauraki Plains College. During his time at Hauraki, Robert was proud to utilise his psychology degree and introduce the subject as an NCEA course to students in 2018.

    The proud Collegian is looking forward to helping other students access opportunities within the classroom and in extracurricular areas.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: r.torrance@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Duncan Gundersen

    Duncan Gundersen

    Head of Department, Physical Education

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    Duncan Gundersen

    Duncan Gundersen

    Head of Department, Physical Education, Physical Education

    Duncan has joined us from Saint Kentigern College where he was the HOD of Health and Physical Education. Originally from Putaruru in the South Waikato, Duncan has a passion for Athletics, Squash, Touch Rugby, Rugby Union and League. He studied his teaching qualification at the University of Waikato and later completed is Postgraduate and Masters qualifications with Massey University.

    His thesis investigated the impact emergent and shared leadership has on team performance, he conducted research in the UK on teams involved in the National Rugby 7s series.

    Duncan has also spent 8 Years in the UK working in the private school sector as a Director of Rugby and Head of Faculty. During his time in the UK he also gained experience coaching with both the Hareliquins and Wasps Schools of Rugby Programmes and coached Middlesex County Rugby.

    He has moved back to Hamilton with his wife Katey and two young daughters.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8813 Email: d.gundersen@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 Ryan McCarthy

    Ryan McCarthy

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    Ryan McCarthy

    Ryan McCarthy

    Physical Education

    Ryan is a St Paul’s Collegian (Sargood 1993-1997) and long-term staff member of the school. He qualified with a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Otago and joined St Paul’s in a teaching capacity in 2011. Prior to that, he taught at Onehunga High School and Macleans College.

    He was Housemaster of Sargood House for many years and is now the Housemaster of Hall House.

    Ryan’s co-curricular interests are rugby, weightlifting, touch and athletics. He 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.

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

  • Physical Education Annmarie McDonald

    Annmarie McDonald

    Teacher of PE and Leader of Health

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    Annmarie McDonald

    Annmarie McDonald

    Teacher of PE and Leader of Health, Physical Education

    Mrs Annmarie McDonald joined St Paul's Collegiate School in 2024 from Rototuna Junior High School where she served as the Head of Department for Health and Physical Education for the past four years.

    Educated at Waikato University, Mrs McDonald holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies.

    Beyond her professional life, she is passionate about sports, particularly Ultimate Frisbee and Athletics. She has represented New Zealand in both sports and continues to actively participate in Ultimate Frisbee. Mrs McDonald is a mother of two boys, and her husband works in the sports science department at Wintec. She is also dedicated to deepening her understanding of te reo Maaori.

    Email: a.mcdonald@stpauls.school.nz

  • Physical Education Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

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    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Physical Education

    Having specialised in coaching at tertiary level, Matt is qualified with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato.

    He is a former Black Stick and has had a range of hockey coaching experience including the University of Waikato’s premier men’s team. Over the years, he’s taken high school, club and rep teams under his wing, leading some to national titles. “I have a good understanding of the phases of learning a skill which has allowed me to work with people of various ages and abilities. I can identify what type of coaching method is going to best suit the age and stage of a player.”

    Currently he coaches St Paul’s 1st XI boys’ team, as well as the Waikato University men, Midlands U18s, and is working for Midlands as a talent development coach.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8716 Email: m.rees-gibbs@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 Max Thomson

    Max Thomson

    Leader of Curriculum, Science

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    Max Thomson

    Max Thomson

    Leader of Curriculum, Science, Science

    Max Thomson joins St Paul's Collegiate School as the new Leader of Curriculum in Science.

    Bringing a wealth of teaching and learning experience to the science faculty, Max was most recently employed as the Deputy Principal at Crimson Global Academy, where he managed five separate school intakes with students in over 20 countries. He also held the Senior Dean position at Ajman Academy in the United Arab Emirates for two years and was Head of Biology for 30 years at AGS including ten years as Head of Science.

    In addition to his teaching roles, Max has worked under several examination boards, including Cambridge University, Oxford University, Pearson, and NZQA.

    Max completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago in 1983 and then finished his Teaching Diploma from the University of Canterbury the following year.

    When he's out of the classroom, the proud father of two daughters enjoys tramping, travelling, photography, and art.

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

  • Science Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

    Head of Department, Science

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    Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

    Head of Department, Science, 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 Nicole Schollum

    Nicole Schollum

    Assistant Head of Department

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    Nicole Schollum

    Nicole Schollum

    Assistant Head of Department, 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 Raewyn Keene

    Raewyn Keene

    Technician

    Raewyn Keene

    Raewyn Keene

    Technician, Science

  • Science Ben van Meygaarden

    Ben van Meygaarden

    Head of Department, Physics

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    Ben van Meygaarden

    Ben van Meygaarden

    Head of Department, Physics, 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 Jane Spenceley

    Jane Spenceley

    Teacher in Charge, Chemistry

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    Jane Spenceley

    Jane Spenceley

    Teacher in Charge, Chemistry, Science

    Jane holds a Master of Science in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato. During her studies, she was employed as a tutor and laboratory demonstrator, which reinforced her passion for education.

    She joined St Paul’s in 2015 as a chemistry teacher after completing a six-week placement as a student teacher. She has enjoyed supporting students in co-curricular activities, including conducting the concert band, costuming the school musical, and more recently managing the Girls' First XI Hockey team.

    In 2023 Jane took on two new roles, Teacher in Charge of Chemistry, and Harington Day Deputy Housemaster.

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

  • Science Deborah Keep

    Deborah Keep

    Teacher of Physics

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    Deborah Keep

    Deborah Keep

    Teacher of Physics, Science

    Mrs Deborah Keep is an experienced teacher who has taught in a variety of schools including the North London Collegiate School (NLCS), Dubai, the United Kingdom and at schools closer to Hamilton in Te Aroha and Cambridge.

    She has held a variety of roles including Teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics and teacher-in-charge of Physics.

    In addition to classroom responsibilities, Mrs. Keep has been actively involved in offering enrichment opportunities for students, including science fair projects, bridge-building competitions, Girls in Science mentoring, and senior societies. She has also held the role of Award Coordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

    Mrs Keep holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (1st class) from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Waikato.

    Mrs Keep and her husband have three grown-up children. Beyond the classroom, her interests include travel, an active lifestyle and gardening.

    Email: d.keep@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science William Harlow

    William Harlow

    Teacher of Chemistry

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    William Harlow

    William Harlow

    Teacher of Chemistry, Science

    William Harlow joins St Paul's Collegiate School after recently completing his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology, and a Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of Waikato.

    After spending four years completing his tertiary studies, William is excited to get in the classroom and share his passion for the sciences with his students.

    Outside the lab, William enjoys playing the trombone and French horn and plans to be involved in the school band and drama programmes.

    Contact:
    Email: w.harlow@stpauls.school.nz

  • Science Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

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    Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

    Science

    Dr Jason McGrath joined St Paul’s in 2003 after gaining a PhD in Microbial Biochemistry from the University of Waikato and being employed for five years as an Environmental Scientist at AgResearch.

    As well as teaching Chemistry and Science, Dr McGrath is the school’s Cambridge International Examinations Coordinator. He is also a member of the Senior Leadership Group and the coordinator of accelerated learning and scholarship within the school, as well as being the long-time Assistant Housemaster of Fitchett House.

    Dr McGrath’s sports coaching and playing interests include; basketball, cricket and rugby.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8709
    Email: j.mcgrath@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 Fraser Wilson

    Fraser Wilson

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    Fraser Wilson

    Fraser Wilson

    Science

    Fraser Wilson (Fitchett 2001-2005) joins us as a teacher of biology.

    Fraser taught at Aorere College from 2015- 2016, then at Auckland Grammar School from 2017-2020 before joining the St Paul's staff in 2021.

    His co-curricular activities include athletics, rugby, football and basketball.

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8768 Email: f.wilson@stpauls.school.nz

  • Social Sciences Sarah Cantlon

    Sarah Cantlon

    Head of Department Geography

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    Sarah Cantlon

    Sarah Cantlon

    Head of Department Geography, Social Sciences

    Sarah completed a double degree in Anthropology and Geography and the University of Waikato and has a graduate diploma in teaching and Masters in Education (1st Class honours). She is a passionate Social Science teacher who believes in engaging students through connection and content. Previously, Sarah spent 17 years at Hamilton Girls' High School in a range of roles, including, assistant HOD Social Studies, Head of House and as a Kaahui Ako across school leader. In 2019 she was employed at the University of Waikato Division of Education to teach trainee teachers, particularly Social Studies education and professional studies. She is interested in all things Geography and current issues. Sarah enjoys walking, biking reading and creating papercraft.

    Awards: New Zealand Geography teachers award of EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING 2014

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8735 Email: s.cantlon@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 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

  • Social Sciences Caitlin Watson

    Caitlin Watson

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    Caitlin Watson

    Caitlin Watson

    Social Sciences

    Caitlin was educated at Otumoetai College, in Tauranga. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Development Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. As a university student, she gained work experience at the National Archives and as an archivist at Athenree Homestead in Katikati. After travelling across Asia and South America, Caitlin returned to the University of Waikato and was awarded an Honours degree in History (1st class). She then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the University of Auckland. Prior to joining St Paul’s, she taught history and social studies at Lynfield College.

    With a background in social and political history, Caitlin am passionate about making history ‘come alive’ for students, reinvigorating an interest for New Zealand history, and developing literacy and critical thinking skills.

    Raised near Mt Maunganui, Caitlin grew up with a love for the beach and outdoors. She likes to keep active through exploring nature, walking, and playing netball.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8735 Email: c.watson2@stpauls.school.nz

  • Social Sciences Kieran Taylor

    Kieran Taylor

    Teacher of History

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    Kieran Taylor

    Kieran Taylor

    Teacher of History, Social Sciences

    Kieran Taylor is a history and social science teacher. He gained a Bachelor of Social Science with majors in history and geography from the University of Waikato.

    Before he worked at St Paul's, he taught at Thames High School where he held the Teacher in Charge of History position, as well as Co-Dean for the Year 13s.

    Kieran has been heavily involved with rugby and cricket coaching during his teaching years.

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8735 Email: k.taylor2@stpauls.school.nz

  • Te Reo Maaori Lamoni Tawha

    Lamoni Tawha

    Pane o Te Tari Reo Maaori

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    Lamoni Tawha

    Lamoni Tawha

    Pane o Te Tari Reo Maaori, Te Reo Maaori

    Mr Lamoni Tawha commenced his role in 2024 bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, expertise, and a deep commitment to working with our students.

    With a robust understanding of both the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Mr Tawha is well-positioned to make significant contributions to the classroom and the academic journey of St Paul’s students. He has specific interests in behaviour management, performing arts, and technology. He also looks forward to building connections with the local hapu.

    Prior to joining St Paul’s, Mr Tawha served as a key member of the Senior Management Team at Whatawhata School and contributed to the Māori Medium Education Advisory Panel for the Ministry of Education. His diverse background includes roles in primary school teaching and a position as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato.

    In his leisure time, Mr Tawha enjoys spending quality moments with his three children and his wife who is a primary school teacher.

    Email: l.tawha@stpauls.school.nz

  • Te Reo Maaori Whaea Puhirere Akuhata

    Whaea Puhirere Akuhata

    Te Reo Maaori teacher

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    Whaea Puhirere Akuhata

    Whaea Puhirere Akuhata

    Te Reo Maaori teacher, Te Reo Maaori

    Whaea Puhirere Akuhata joins the Languages Department as a Te Reo Maaori teacher. As Kaiako, Puhirere will be one of three teachers implementing the new programme, which sees all Year 9 students learning Te Reo Maaori.

    Whaea is familiar with St Paul's, having been the kapa haka tutor throughout 2019 and then went on to Hamilton Girls' High School in a similar role during the last three years.

    Puhirere has most recently held the position of Covid-19 Project Administrator at the Tuwharetoa Maaori Trust Board in Taupoo. She has completed a Tourism and Travel Management Diploma (Level 6) and graduated from the New Zealand School of Tourism in 2021.

    Puhirere is a keen kapa haka performer who enjoys exploring walking/mountain tracks outdoors. She admires her family and friends and is always willing to make new connections.

    Contact:
    Email: p.akuhata@stpauls.school.nz

  • Teaching and Learning Sarah Douglas

    Sarah Douglas

    Director of Teaching and Learning

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    Sarah Douglas

    Sarah Douglas

    Director of Teaching and Learning, Teaching and Learning

    As the newly appointed Director of Teaching and Learning, Sarah Douglas has joined St Paul's Collegiate School after holding the Teacher in Charge of Psychology position at Cambridge High School.

    During her 12 years at Cambridge, Sarah has held various roles, including leading the pastoral care system, coordinating the timetable, and Acting Assistant Principal.

    Sarah originally completed a Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Waikato and then finished her Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching in 2010.

    As a person actively interested in understanding a person's 'why', Sarah is highly passionate about learning and how humans interact with one another.

    Outside of teaching, Sarah is a keen sportswoman playing netball and golf and enjoys reading and travelling. Sarah is married to Zane, and the pair have three daughters, Aurora, Harper, and Millar as well as their beloved 12-year-old rottweiler, Stella.

    Contact:
    Email: s.douglas@stpauls.school.nz

  • 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 Joy-Farai Mika

    Joy-Farai Mika

    Head of Digital Technology

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    Joy-Farai Mika

    Joy-Farai Mika

    Head of Digital Technology, Technology

    Joy-Farai Mika joined St Paul's as the Head of Digital Technology after moving from South Africa with his wife and children. Joy completed his Honours Degree in Computer Science, majoring in Information Systems, at Rhodes University in South Africa. He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He previously worked as Head of the Department at a school in South Africa.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: j.mika@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Andrew Harries

    Andrew Harries

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department

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    Andrew Harries

    Andrew Harries

    Leader of Curriculum and Head of Department, Technology

    Contact:
    Phone: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8868 Email: a.harries@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 Georg Rautenbach

    Georg Rautenbach

    Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology

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    Georg Rautenbach

    Georg Rautenbach

    Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology, Technology

    Georg Rautenbach joins St Paul's Collegiate School as Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology.

    He has been the Teacher in Charge of Electronics and Control at Cambridge High School since 2009 and also held the Teacher in Charge of Churchill House during his time there. Familiar with all things technology, Georg has taught electronics, design and visual communication, metalwork, and woodwork.

    Georg grew up in South Africa and completed a Higher Diploma in Technology Teaching from the University of the North West Potchefstroom in [year].

    When he's not in the workshop, Georg enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling.

    Contact:
    Email: g.rautenbach@stpauls.school.nz

  • Technology Jeremy Nielsen

    Jeremy Nielsen

    Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology

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    Jeremy Nielsen

    Jeremy Nielsen

    Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology, Technology

    Jeremy Nielsen joins St Paul's Collegiate School as a Teacher of Design and Visual Communication Technology.

    Having taught woodwork, metalwork, and design and visual communication at Hillcrest High School for the past three years, Jeremy is well-rehearsed in the Technology Department. Last year he was Head of Department in Design and Visual Communication Technology, and prior to this spent two years as Head of Department in Woodwork.

    Initially completing a Certificate in Carpentry from the Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology in 2015, Jeremy began his career building in Christchurch for seven years. He then undertook a Graduate Diploma in Engineering in 2019 and finally a Graduate Diploma in Teaching Secondary from the University of Waikato the same year.

    Outside of building and creating, Jeremy is a passionate volleyball player and coach.

    Contact:
    Email: j.nielsen@stpauls.school.nz

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