Pastoral care & housemasters

  • Blair Heaton

    Blair Heaton

    Guidance Counsellor

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    Blair Heaton

    Blair Heaton

    Guidance Counsellor

    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.

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

  • Leah Gillanders

    Leah Gillanders

    Guidance Counsellor

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    Leah Gillanders

    Leah Gillanders

    Guidance Counsellor

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

  • Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain

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    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Reverend Peter Rickman

    Chaplain

    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

  • Wayne Douglas

    Wayne Douglas

    Sports Chaplain

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    Wayne Douglas

    Wayne Douglas

    Sports Chaplain

    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.

    Contact:
    Mob: 021 246 4268
    Email: w.douglas@stpauls.school.nz

  • Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson

    Careers Advisor

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    Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson

    Careers Advisor

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

  • Andrew Constable

    Andrew Constable

    Boarding Administrator and Librarian

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    Andrew Constable

    Andrew Constable

    Boarding Administrator and Librarian

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8835
    Email: a.constable@stpauls.school.nz

  • Boarding Heath Campbell

    Heath Campbell

    Recreational Co-ordinator

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    Heath Campbell

    Heath Campbell

    Recreational Co-ordinator, Boarding

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: h.campbell@stpauls.school.nz

  • Boarding Kyle Coles

    Kyle Coles

    Gap Tutor

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    Kyle Coles

    Kyle Coles

    Gap Tutor, Boarding

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: k.coles@stpauls.school.nz

  • Boarding Tom Hartnell

    Tom Hartnell

    Gap Tutor

    Tom Hartnell

    Tom Hartnell

    Gap Tutor, Boarding

  • Boarding Lucy Perosin

    Lucy Perosin

    Gap Tutor

    Lucy Perosin

    Lucy Perosin

    Gap Tutor, Boarding

  • Clark House Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Housemaster

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    Chris Foot

    Chris Foot

    Housemaster, Clark House

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

  • Clark House Cameron Stapleton

    Cameron Stapleton

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Cameron Stapleton

    Cameron Stapleton

    Deputy Housemaster, Clark House

    Cameron gained his Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) at the University of Otago in 2002 and completed his Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Waikato in 2011. Prior to teaching Cameron was a Captain in the NZ Army for 8 years and served in Afghanistan in 2005.

    Cameron was previously the HOD of Business at Te Awamutu College and Chairman of the Te Awamutu College Rugby Club. He is a keen rugby supporter having also played and coached across all levels in recent years.

    Cameron is married to Catherine and has two young children. He is also Assistant Housemaster at Clark House.

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

  • Clark House Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Assistant Housemaster

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    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Matt Rees-Gibbs

    Assistant Housemaster, Clark House

    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.

  • Clark House Jody Wilson

    Jody Wilson

    Matron

    Jody Wilson

    Jody Wilson

    Matron, Clark House

  • Clark House Bevan Muirhead

    Bevan Muirhead

    Residential Assistant

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    Bevan Muirhead

    Bevan Muirhead

    Residential Assistant, Clark House

    As a Collegian who grew up living on campus, Bevan Muirhead (Fitchett 2014-2018) is a welcome addition to the community at St Paul's Collegiate School.

    Son of long-serving staff member Neil Muirhead, Bevan has lived among many of the St Paul’s boarding houses his father ran as Housemaster, among many other roles, during his 23 year tenure.

    The familiarity of the school made accepting the position of Residential Assistant an easy one for Bevan at the end of last year. As an RA, Bevan thrives on helping students with their academic studies and day to day activities in the boarding school. In addition to his role at the boarding house, he is also assisting the IT department on a casual basis.

    After completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in computer science at the University of Waikato in 2021, Bevan is now continuing his studies and undertaking a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours. Expected to conclude his studies in the next academic year, Bevan plans to enter the world of cybersecurity once he graduates.

    On top of his roles at St Paul’s and university studies, Bevan also works part-time at Kathmandu. In his spare time, or lack of, Bevan enjoys playing hockey, relaxing with a book or baking up a storm in the kitchen.

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: b.muirhead@stpauls.school.nz

  • Fitchett House Colin Lewis

    Colin Lewis

    Housemaster

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    Colin Lewis

    Colin Lewis

    Housemaster, Fitchett House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fitchett House Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Jason McGrath

    Jason McGrath

    Deputy Housemaster, Fitchett House

    Jason 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, Jason 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.

    Jason’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

  • Hall House Carl Neethling

    Carl Neethling

    Housemaster

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    Carl Neethling

    Carl Neethling

    Housemaster, Hall House

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

  • Hall House Keegan Stewart

    Keegan Stewart

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Keegan Stewart

    Keegan Stewart

    Deputy Housemaster, Hall House

    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

  • Hamilton House Kelvin Hogg

    Kelvin Hogg

    Housemaster

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    Kelvin Hogg

    Kelvin Hogg

    Housemaster, Hamilton House

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

  • Hamilton House Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Bruce Rawson

    Bruce Rawson

    Deputy Housemaster, Hamilton House

    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

  • Harington House Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

    Housemaster (Boarding)

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    Jackie Lock

    Jackie Lock

    Housemaster (Boarding), Harington House

    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

  • Harington House Katie Lilley

    Katie Lilley

    Deputy Housemaster (Boarding)

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    Katie Lilley

    Katie Lilley

    Deputy Housemaster (Boarding), Harington House

    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

  • Harington House Bethany Rutter

    Bethany Rutter

    Residential Assistant

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    Bethany Rutter

    Bethany Rutter

    Residential Assistant, Harington House

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: b.rutter@stpauls.school.nz

  • Harington House Heidi Lewis

    Heidi Lewis

    Housemaster (Day)

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    Heidi Lewis

    Heidi Lewis

    Housemaster (Day), Harington House

    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.

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

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

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

  • Harington House Stacey Stewart

    Stacey Stewart

    Deputy Housemaster (Day)

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    Stacey Stewart

    Stacey Stewart

    Deputy Housemaster (Day), Harington House

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

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

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

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

  • Health Clinic Kate Begovich

    Kate Begovich

    School Nurse

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    Kate Begovich

    Kate Begovich

    School Nurse, Health Clinic

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899
    Email: k.begovich@stpauls.school.nz

  • Sargood House Guy Johnstone

    Guy Johnstone

    Housemaster

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    Guy Johnstone

    Guy Johnstone

    Housemaster, Sargood House

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

  • Sargood House Lionel Tapara

    Lionel Tapara

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Lionel Tapara

    Lionel Tapara

    Deputy Housemaster, Sargood House

    Taking on several roles at St Paul’s Collegiate School, Lionel Tapara joins the school as the Deputy Housemaster of Sargood, Learning Enhancement Unit (LEU) teacher and the Te Amorangi Scholarship Programme Co-ordinator.

    The highly experienced teacher has spent the last 10 years at Sommverville School overseeing the student and community engagement programmes whilst balancing the Associate Principal role over the previous two years.

    After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2006, Lionel began his career at Aorere College. He then moved to The Pupil Parent Partnership in London for two years, where he 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.

    As an LEU teacher and Te Amorangi Programme Co-ordinator, Lionel will ensure his educational philosophy of high-quality teaching and positive outcomes are reached for all students and their families.

    Lionel and his wife Hannah will be living on-site with the Sargood boarding house community. The pair enjoy sports, camping at the beach and socialising with friends.

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

  • Sargood House Karen L'Amie

    Karen L'Amie

    Matron

    Karen L'Amie

    Karen L'Amie

    Matron, Sargood House

  • School House Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

    Housemaster

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    Daniel Teka

    Daniel Teka

    Housemaster, School House

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

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

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

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

  • School House Byron de Beer

    Byron de Beer

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Byron de Beer

    Byron de Beer

    Deputy Housemaster, School House

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

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

    Byron has coached athletics, football and rowing.

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

  • Williams House Matt Holdgate

    Matt Holdgate

    Housemaster

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    Matt Holdgate

    Matt Holdgate

    Housemaster, Williams House

    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

  • Williams House Adam Ross

    Adam Ross

    Deputy Housemaster

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    Adam Ross

    Adam Ross

    Deputy Housemaster, Williams House

    Adam Ross joins St Paul’s as a mathematics teacher. His prior position was maths teacher at Feilding High School where he also held the Head of Boys’ Boarding position at the school's hostel.

    Prior to that, he spent time teaching in London and at Karamu High School in the Hawkes Bay. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 and his co-curricular interests are rugby and distance running.

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

  • Williams House Dina van der Walt

    Dina van der Walt

    Matron

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    Dina van der Walt

    Dina van der Walt

    Matron, Williams House

    Contact:
    Tel: +64 7 957 8899 Email: d.vanderwalt@stpauls.school.nz

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