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.
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.
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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.
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Peter came to St Paul’s in 2011 from Hamilton’s Fraser High School, where he had held the position of Acting Deputy Principal. He had also previously been Head of Science, Head of Mathematics and Associate Principal. Peter has worked as an Education Consultant, and prior to that, was Deputy Principal of Melville High School. He has also been the Head of Science at both Te Awamutu and Te Aroha Colleges.
Equipped with all this teaching experience, as well as a Master of Education, Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Teaching, Peter is a valuable member of the senior management team, overseeing all things academic.
Peter has also played a significant role in the school's Agribusiness programme. As the Director of the Agribusiness programme, he was one of the driving forces behind the development and implementation of the programme that was introduced in 2016.
ISNZ Honours Award for service to developing a new national Agribusiness curriculum (2016)
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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.”
Kudos Science Award – WINTEC Secondary Science Teacher/Educator/Communicator Award (2017)
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.
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.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Design majoring in Photographic Communication, Kelly planned on being a freelance designer or photographer. But in her final year of university study at Victoria she got involved with some teaching, loved it, and has never looked back.
Going on to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at Waikato University, Kelly was placed on section at St Paul’s. The following year, while teaching at Wanganui High, she was offered a position back at St Paul’s and has been with the school since 2002, working her way up from a second-year teacher to Head of the Visual Arts department, which encompasses general Art, Photography, Design and Painting.
During her time here, Kelly has been involved with a variety of positions within the school including, the Senior Leadership Group, Assistant Housemaster for Harington Day House, Leader of the Arts Curriculum, Stage Challenge Teacher in Charge, Manager of the under-15 Boys’ Hockey; as well as running the annual Arts Week, before taking a year off to have her son in 2015.
For Kelly teaching Art is quite special as she gets to work with the students on their creative talents, as well as providing a welcoming space for students to develop their practical and communication skills while visually expressing their dreams, thoughts or concerns. Something that she is quite passionate about, and pushes within the department, is an individualised style of learning.
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.
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.
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.
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Michelle joined St Paul’s in 2011 and has been successful in developing the School’s comprehensive instrumental and band programme.
Michelle was educated in the UK and was the owner and principal of the Yamaha Music School (1985-1977) in England. She came to St Paul’s from Cambridge Middle School where she held the position of Home Room Teacher and Head of Department for Performing Arts. Michelle directed their Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marimba Group and Rock Band. In between, she was teacher and musical director at the Hamilton Community Music Centre (2005-2008).
Michelle is an accomplished musician in her own right. She has a Masters in Music, has her AVCM in electric organ, ALCM (TchgDip Trumpet), has played for the Waikato Symphony Orchestra and an ‘A’ Grade Brass Band (Thorntons Brass). Michelle is currently the Principal Cornet player for the Te Awamutu Brass Band.
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.
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.
Since coming to St Paul’s as an English teacher in 2006, Jeremy has moved his way up to Head of the English Department (a role he held for ten years), Leader of Curriculum (overseeing English, languages, media studies and ESOL) and now his current role as the Director of Teaching and Learning.
Originally from New Plymouth, Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from the University of Waikato. Passionate about literature and writing, Jeremy initially thought he would pursue a career in journalism, however a change of path led him to complete a teaching diploma at Massey University followed by a teaching position at his former school of New Plymouth Boys’ High School. He went on to spend some time living abroad, working at Hampstead School in London as well as travelling to various places including India, Sri Lanka, Asia and Europe, before returning to New Zealand and settling in Hamilton.
Since joining St Paul’s, Jeremy has been involved in major school-wide initiatives, including the earlier introduction of iPads into the junior school and ‘Write that Essay’ – a web-based writing programme which has been successful in raising the standard of student writing. Married with three young daughters, Jeremy is also involved with coaching the junior basketball team.
When it comes to teaching, Jeremy looks to different literature that exposes students to a world beyond the confines of the classroom. “As Shakespeare said – speak what we feel, not what we ought to say – I encourage students to explore that sense of getting themselves out there."
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining St Paul’s in 2016, Alison was the Head of Department of Psychology at Hamilton Boys’ High School, where she had taught since 2011. Alison has also taught at Fairfield College (2004-2009), briefly at St Paul’s (2003-2004) and King George V Hong Kong (2001-2003).
With a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from Liverpool Hope University and a Master of Education from the University of Waikato, Alison has experience in the area of learning support and has been leading the Learning Resource Unit here at St Paul’s.
Outside the classroom, she has an interest in tennis and hockey.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
ISNZ Honours Award for service to students and sport (2018)
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Josh has an extensive background in secondary school sport and education and is an able practitioner.
Josh previously spent 13 years at Hamilton Boys’ High School holding a variety of positions including senior teacher, hostel master, First XV Coach, year level Dean and director of sport. He then took a break of two years to take on the role of Account Manager for The Lion Foundation, before being drawn back to the area he is immensely passionate about – secondary school sports and developing the whole student athlete.
Josh has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching and Sport Psychology) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). He has a strong coaching background in rugby, having coached teams such as New Zealand Secondary Schools, Waikato Development and Under 20 teams, as well as coaching experience in Japan and Wales.
Josh’s position at St Paul’s is to oversee the promotion and support of sporting opportunities that maximise the personal and collective growth and development of skills and opportunities of as many St Paul's coaches and sports men and women as possible.
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.
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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. In 2018, Simon assisted with coaching the 1st XI football side, taking sole charge at the NZ Secondary Schools’ tournament in Christchurch and was the Head of Sports Science and Lead Academy Coach at Melville United FC. Simon has had extensive experience in the coaching and coordination of football in Auckland, Wellington, Perth, Sheffield and London.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
With a varied and impressive CV behind him, Defyd joined St Paul’s in 2005 as the school’s Head of Social Sciences. He had just returned to teaching having been working at The Press for 13 years managing their Newspapers in Education programme and developing his interest in journalism and writing.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Diploma in Education from Canterbury University, Defyd now has around 25 years’ teaching experience, mostly in New Zealand schools, including Fiordland College and Cashmere High School, but also spent some time teaching in London in the early stages of his career.
Defyd’s work experience also extends to working as an advisor for school boards, developing an education programme for ACC, as well as teaching in the prison system – running team building sessions as part of his Diploma in Adult Teaching Learning. A classic lifelong learner, Defyd has received a number of study awards throughout his career, which have taken him to China, India and Israel.
As the Head of History at St Paul’s, Defyd believes in developing transferable skills which the students can use in whichever career path they might take such as presenting logical arguments and report writing. There is also a focus on making the subject relevant through frequent links to current events. But it’s his impressive list of life experiences that make him a “fantastic storyteller” – according to his students. “I’ll give anything a go and it is these life experiences that have made me a better teacher.”
Defyd has been the Deputy Housemaster in Clark House (2005-2008) and managed the 1st XV rugby team (2006-2007). He currently manages the school’s debating team.
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.
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.
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.
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.