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, has a GradDip in Counselling Studies and is currently working towards his Masters in Counselling at 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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8808
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8842
Wayne Douglas joins St Pauls as our Sports Chaplain, a new role which sees him involved in supporting our athletes, players and coaches with anything they require of either a pastoral care or mentoring nature.
Wayne has plenty of sports knowledge and a keen interest in most sporting codes and has had more than a decade of refereeing secondary schools rugby. He began his tenure with St Pauls as support for the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI cricket teams. 40+ year in the media (radio and TV) has given Wayne vast experience in the area of people skills.
Wayne’s commitment to Sports Chaplaincy and pastoral care in general is simple – he is always available to discuss anything. He attends practices and games whenever possible and has become affectionately known as “Chappie” amongst our athletes.
Mob: 021 246 4268
M Elzisha Botha is deeply committed to supporting young people in their educational and personal journeys. She feels privileged when young people share their stories and hopes.
With a background in social work, teaching and as a school counsellor, Ms Botha brings a blend of expertise to her role. Currently completing a Masters in Counselling through the University of Waikato, she is dedicated to furthering her skills to better serve our students.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Ms Botha finds joy in spending her free time outdoors, whether tramping, cycling, or simply enjoying nature with friends.
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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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8716
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.
Jack Walters (Williams 2014-18) is a performer, composer and music educator based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Jack studied at Berklee College of Music and gained a Bachelor of Arts in Film, TV & Game Composition with honours.
Jack is a Piano, Music Theory and Music Production Teacher and works in Clark House as a Residential Assistant. He spent four years as the Musical Director of Performing Arts at Fairfield Intermediate School, helping prepare students for their annual school musical.
Jack has a varied taste in Music, ranging from the Renaissance period and Baroque improvisation of J.S. Bach, lush Romantic and experimental 20th Century to Film Scores and Contemporary music. Jack has a great appreciation for the craftsmanship of all music.
In his spare time, Jack enjoys trail running, gardening and of course - all things music.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899
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.
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8709
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8823
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.
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8894
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.
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8836
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8811
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.
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Jess joins us from Cape Town, South Africa where she completed a degree in Corporate Communication in 2021 with Honours in Brand Management in 2022. Having now completed her studies, Jess is looking to broaden her horizons by experiencing life in a different country and culture. Jess has enjoyed competing in rowing, hockey and swimming in South Africa. Jess has a strong rowing background and competed in the South African Championships and is looking forward to being involved here. Jess will be at St Paul's from July 2023 - July 2024.
Franziska joins us from Duerkheim, Germany. Franzi is a keen and very talented Hockey player and is looking forward to working with the St Paul’s Hockey teams throughout the year.
Franzi has also been involved in volleyball, gymnastics, skiing, cross-country skiing, dancing and windsurfing. In her spare time, Franzi enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and listening to music.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899
Lincoln is a former Black Stick that has worked as a fulltime coach in a number of locations around the world.
Lincoln has a wealth of hockey experience and an infectious enthusiasm that will definitely add value to our St Paul's Collegiate Hockey programme.
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.
Dirk joins us from Pretoria, South Africa. Dirk is a keen singer and has competed and won three gold medals at the World Choir Games. Dirk loves long-distance running, is a keen musician and plays the guitar, clarinet and harmonica. Dirk has attended boarding school since he was about 11 years old so is very familiar with the boarding culture. Dirk will be with us from July 2023 - July 2024.
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8745
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.
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8711
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.
Tel: +64 21 103 2296
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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.
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Max comes to St Paul's from Germany. He is a keen tennis and football player and enjoys snow skiing. Last year he gained his professional tennis trainer license.
He took part in an exchange to Rio de Janeiro in 2019 which sparked his interest in discovering new countries, people and culture which led him to seek out a GAP tutor role.
He looks forward to improving his English skills while he is in New Zealand. Max’s brother applied for the GAP tutor role in 2020 with us, but due to the Covid-19 epidemic was unable to see it through so Max is grateful for this opportunity. Max will be with us from July 2023 - July 2024.