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During your son’s intermediate and high school life, he will spend over 8000 hours being educated, mentored, and inspired by teachers. Our focus is on recruiting and providing to our parent base the very best educators possible. With the requirements of a 21st Century learning environment and the importance of good supportive role models to develop character, we are proud to be a school that focuses on these areas. 

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School Board Members:


Andy Steel 
Presiding Member

“I am married to Anna and we have four sons, three of whom attend the College. I am an old boy of the College attending from 1982 to 1988. I am a partner in the law firm of Steel & Co where I practice primarily in property/commercial law. The Steel family has a strong historical connection to the College and the Christian Brothers.

Whilst it has been some years since the Christian Brothers walked the corridors and the grounds of the College, I am very impressed with the way the Edmund Rice charism has been fostered in the current environment through an emphasis on social justice. The College is a well-led, vibrant school offering plenty of opportunities for all students. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the College’s continued progress and growth.


Gareth Bruce

As an Old Boy of the College (2000 – 2006) I am honoured to be asked to be a representative on the board. I have enjoyed watching the evolution of the College since I have left and look forward to engaging with the wider school community as we support the positive change and ongoing innovation in the College as strives to best meet the needs of our young men.


Tana Luke

I am a proud old boy of the College, having attended from 2009-2013. My younger brother currently attends the College. I am a father to two beautiful daughters, Aewa and Amo.  I am currently a Cultural Land Management Advisor at Environment Canterbury, with a focus on Māhinga Kai. Previously I have worked in the education sector, managing cultural relationships in the tertiary space. St Thomas has always valued growing men of service and I am excited for the opportunity to give back to a school that has given so much to me. Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu. He nui rawa o mahi, kia kore e mahi tonu.


Nigel Thomson  

“My family and I have lived in Canterbury for five years since moving here from Wellington in 2014. We have two children, Henry and Lizzy. Henry attends St Thomas of Canterbury College. 

  I work as Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Corporate Services for Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, based at Lincoln.  After gaining my Batchelor of Commerce in 1991 I was an accountant in public practice before joining Contact Energy and subsequently the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in finance roles. The key skills I offer the Board of Trustees’ role is strategic planning, finance, human resources, and governance experience. 

  I am passionate about education, particularly inclusive education, and the need to make the most of technology and innovation. I support the school’s character and values and since my son started, I have been most impressed with the caring inclusive nature of the school demonstrated by students and staff alike. 

  I have been a Board member of Kirwee Model School and I am a Director/Trustee of several entities associated with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research.



Dan Ryan  

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession. This is evident for the staff at St Thomas’. Having attended the college from 2008-2012 and now serving as a teacher I have experienced both sides of the educational spectrum within the same Special Character context. I am passionate about boys’ education, particularly at a time when our young men are faced with immense societal pressures. I believe St Thomas’ provides the best context for boys’ education in our ‘modern’ context and consider it a privilege to give back to this place, which gave me so much.


Stu Taylor

I feel very privileged to be on the board of St Thomas of Canterbury College.  I get to see first-hand, the passion of the teachers as they guide their students. I am happy to help, where possible, the leadership team.  I have two boys at the school and look forward to them growing into young men, with the support and challenge of a school with a great culture and history.


Trish Baird

My eldest son Lachlan attends STC, and I have three younger children Elliot, Harry and Andy who attend St Bernadette’s primary. In my work life I am the Chief Information Officer at Selwyn District Council. I have a strong interest in diversity and inclusion and how we ensure that no one is left behind. I think this is particularly important in digital and our young men have a great opportunity as they take the skills and values they have learned into the world. Coming from council I have a strong understanding of governance responsibilities and wish to be part of a board that helps our principal and staff be supported and empowered to continue the great work that they do. I really value the work the school does in both our Catholic and wider community and hope to be able to support that as part of the Board. Lastly I hope to represent you well on the Board, ensuring that St Thomas’s continues to be a wonderful, safe environment for the growth and development of our young men.


Richard Tikolevu

I have two sons currently attending St Thomas’. While on the STC Board, I wish to help voice pacific opinions of our school.


I have had a a successful international corporate career in sales, marketing and commercial strategy, now having my own business, working in governance and in advisory with a breadth of New Zealand domestic and export businesses.

 I currently have two son’s at the College, Angus and Tom, and am a big supporter of the inclusive community that St Thomas offers the young men.

 I am an active relaxer and my happy place is anytime with my family, supporting their endeavours, skiing, or summers in Kaiteri. “


Kalib Clarkson
Student Board Member


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