Carolyn Gibbs is a mathematics teacher at St Paul’s Collegiate School. She joined the team in January 2018.
What made you choose to apply for a role at St Paul’s?
I wanted to work in a well-established school with a mathematics department of expert teachers.
Can you briefly describe what your role entails?
Teaching maths and statistics to students of all year levels. I have a mentor class which is well-supported through the school’s House system.
Can you describe an 'average' day in your role?
I teach students of all year levels in an average day. Time is spent planning, teaching and marking. Some time is spent each day talking with staff too.
How would you describe the culture of St Paul’s in 3 words?
Traditional. Excellence. Close-knit.
What do you enjoy about working at St Paul’s?
The staff I teach with are experienced and are experts in their subject. Class sizes are small and students are very respectful to teachers which makes teaching a pleasant experience. The relaxed, friendly (and family-friendly) environment, coupled with Christian teachings and values. I like that everyone is upfront and honest.
I think we're fortunate to have an hour for lunch and that we eat together each day. The facilities, while steeped in history, are modern. There are not a lot of unnecessary meetings.
Compared to other cities (or countries) you have lived in, what do you enjoy about living in Hamilton, New Zealand?
There is a lot going on in Hamilton and there are plenty of opportunities for children in terms of sport and interest groups. The parks, river and Hamilton Gardens are beautiful. Hamilton is also close to Auckland, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo.
What makes St Paul’s special?
The small class sizes and many respectful students. Also the time for quiet reflection in the chapel twice a week in the morning during chapel service.
What co-curricular areas are you involved in at St Paul’s?
What do you enjoy about your co-curricular involvement at St Paul’s?
See students involved in something other than maths. Also meeting students through chess who I don't already know.
What are some of the benefits that you enjoy as a staff member of St Paul’s?
Free lunch, gym, pool, good car parking, social club and catered events (we never have to take a plate).
What is some advice you’d give to someone thinking about applying for a role at St Paul’s?