What our staff say

Read what some of our staff have to say about working at St Paul’s Collegiate School.

Caroline Gibbs – Mathematics Teacher

Carolyn is a mathematics teacher at St Paul’s. 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?
Chess.

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?
Do it!

Daniel Teka – Commerce Teacher

Daniel is a commerce teacher at St Paul’s. Daniel was a student at St Paul’s in 2001, a boarding house tutor in 2010 and joined the team as a teacher in 2018.

What made you choose to apply for a role at St Paul’s?
My history with the school as a student and as a boarding house tutor, and also my experience on practicum.

Can you briefly describe what your role entails?
Planning and delivering lessons to my classes each day, as well as a lot of learning and professional development!

Can you describe an 'average' day in your role?
Either staff briefing or chapel, sometimes a staff morning prayer on a Thursday prior to chapel. Teaching during the day, broken down by Mentor class or House period. This provides variation and something different and interesting i.e. changing a tyre in Mentor groups, House Haka, etc. The 'Over the Fence' service programme is another activity during the day which is such good fun.

How would you describe the culture of St Paul’s in 3 words?
Proud. Busy. Professional.

What other roles have you held at St Paul’s?
Boarding house tutor, student (rugby and academic scholarship), student teacher and rugby administrator.

What do you enjoy about working at St Paul’s?
The dynamic and challenging environment. Lots of variation. I feel valued and looked after as a staff member and I feel pretty empowered in my role. Amazing lunches everyday. Enjoy the students and the ability to teach my own style. The use of technology. Enjoy the demands of the role. Enjoy the other staff, can have some really interesting conversations with such a knowledgeable and diverse staff. The Hopper Challenge (staff activity) has been really fun. I appreciate going to chapel.

If you live, or have lived, onsite, what do you enjoy about being part of the boarding community?
Getting to know the students on a more personal level outside of the classroom. Seeing them grow.

What makes St Paul’s special?
All of the above. The expectations and standards actually sets up students to achieve when they leave school.

What co-curricular areas are you involved in at St Paul’s?
Rugby – U14 rugby coach and senior 7’s coach.

What do you enjoy about your co-curricular involvement at St Paul’s?
Love it.

What are some of the benefits that you enjoy as a staff member of St Paul’s?
All the facilities, especially the dining room!

What is some advice you’d give to someone thinking about applying for a role at St Paul’s?
You won't regret it!

Dylan Groom – Residential Assistant

Dylan is a Residential Assistant at St Paul’s. Dylan was a student at St Paul’s (Hall 2005-2010) and joined the team as a Residential Assistant in 2018.

What made you choose to apply for a role at St Paul’s?
I was thinking about going flatting, however, as I was a former student at St Paul’s I thought that going back and working as a Residential Assistant at the school would be a great experience and it would be a good chance for me to give back to the school that helped me so much.

Can you briefly describe what your role entails?
I am responsible for assisting a house prefect wake up the students at 6.30am, the morning routine consists of getting the students to breakfast, making sure rooms are tidy and making sure the juniors (year 9 and 10) complete their house duties.

Can you describe an 'average' day in your role?
Carrying out the morning routine, then also in the evening I assist with the supervision of prep and then the evening routine of getting the students to bed.

What do you enjoy about working at St Paul’s?
The environment, the helpful staff, the brotherhood within the house.

What are some of the benefits that you enjoy as a staff member of St Paul’s?
The facilities are amazing with access to the gym and the pool.

What is some advice you’d give to someone thinking about applying for a role at St Paul’s?
It is a great opportunity that benefits both the school and the individual.

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