What makes a good school great? The People.
He tangata, He tangata, He tangata
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.
― Karl A. Menninger
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.
Senior Leadership Team
“What unites is clear: like Jesus Christ, we are passionate about people (He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata) and we are called to teach, develop and implement the Catholic programme in Christian faith and living. Our Special Character is not simply added on to what would otherwise be a secular state school because it is integral to everything that takes place in the school and provides a climate of hope, inspiration and service for all its members. My role is to guide the community of staff, students and whanau to carry out the Church’s mission to bring people to God through sacraments, prayer, service, right relationships and social justice. I am passionate about boys’ education and their development into manhood.”
“ I believe the teacher-student partnership is a key factor in unlocking the potential of our young men both inside and outside of the classroom… Relationships are the foundation as we strive to engage hearts and minds through education”
“Developing young men into well-rounded leaders in our community is our focus. Ensuring they build strong relationships with empathy at the core is the key to Educated Hearts at St Thomas’.”
Specialist Classroom Teacher
Robbie Lange “Guiding our young men in their learning at this key stage of their lives is a great privilege for me as a teacher of the College. I am inspired by the way our College targets the holistic development of the learner both inside and outside of the classroom environment…”
Seye Chan “…At STC, the Social Science Department focuses on educating global citizens to understands how past and present actions and events have and are shaping our world, and how these actions will define our future … teaching these complex relationships between people and the environment, will give our students the tools to be at the forefront of planning a more sustainable future for the well-being of all global citizens…”
Head of Languages
Angela Smith “…At STC we offer junior and senior classes in Chinese, where students can learn about the language and culture of one of the most ancient countries, and the most influential economies on earth. We have a Chinese language assistant in each class and close ties with the Confucius Institute through the University of Canterbury. We also have a big bi-annual trip to China with the Institute, where students get to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Our growing Pasifika roll is reflected in the academic and extra-curricular involvement by students. We offer Samoan language and culture classes at junior and senior levels, with great NCEA success. Our Polyfest group performs every year to an extremely high standard and STC participation in the Pasifika speech competitions, is very strong.
Junior and senior Te Reo explore all aspects of the subject and kapa haka is a fixture of the school. Māori language and culture are embedded in best practice, and students really value our school haka. We have an immersion class for fluent students, a dedicated assistant for Te Reo, and students can compete in Ki o rahi tournaments. Manu Korero is an event that is looked forward to every year and we always perform very well.”
June Chey “…This is the best place to show love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness to our young men who are the future of our generation.”
Health and Physical Education
Tim Muir “…Health and Physical Education isn’t only about providing our young men the opportunity to be physically active, it also challenges them to think critically and provide them skills to live healthy, well-balanced lifestyles. In doing this I believe we set them up for life outside of school and give them every chance of success in wherever their passions take them. The strength of this is creating good characters that are confident in themselves and aren’t afraid of aiming high.”
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
Vincent Raj “…The trick of it is to let the students think they are having fun when in fact they are learning. In my time here I have been able to work with some of the students who do not get much joy through traditional educational pathways. It remains my privilege to help them have fun and get credits too…”
Maureen Gaffaney “…One of the aspects of St Thomas’ that has not changed in the years I have been teaching at the College is the concern and care for students both in school and out of school. This ‘family’ feeling has always been central to the Christian Brothers’ charism and is evident in all Edmund Rice schools. What has changed as we all come to terms with the demands of 21st Century Learning is the increasing use of technology in the classroom and this is proving to be a fascinating and enlivening challenge to teachers and students alike…”
Andrew Jones “…At St Thomas’ we work hard to help our young men be prepared for the future world they will inhabit. In Science, this means being able to understand the advances in technology and utilize them but more importantly in a world of ‘alternate facts” to be critical thinkers and have the ability to sort the wheat from the chaff and use the information that they gain to make knowledge and be part of building a better future.”
Leader of Pastoral Care
Dan O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan has the overall responsibility for the pastoral team. As a team, they work closely with each other to work out the best path for the individual student. In circumstances that require a higher level of intervention, Dan will work with all parties involved whether that be student, teacher, parents and other relevant community affiliates within our restorative framework.
Director of Pastoral Care
T3&T4, 2022 Chris Leader email@example.com
Katie Stanton (maternity leave T3&T4) firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie joined us in 2022 to take up this 2IC Pastoral Care – a lead role in the day-to-day pastoral issues position which incudes leading high level conferences and supporting our deans to lead conferences. A lead role in the day-to-day pastoral issues.
Leader of Health
Paul Burton email@example.com
Paul Burton is the Leader of Health. He works closely with the house deans on all important matters.
Angela Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Restorative Justice Leader
Kieran Coll email@example.com
Kieran works alongside the pastoral care team and staff, assisting with the Restorative Justice process within the college.
Joyce – Tom Tennent firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Tennent has pastoral responsibility for all students in Joyce house.
Paul Burton is the Senior Dean and Leader of Health. He works closely with the house deans on all important matters.
Rice – Megan Heather email@example.com
Megan has pastoral care responsibility for all students in Rice house.
McClintock – Ruihi Kawenga firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruihi Kawenga has pastoral responsibility for all students in McClintock house. Ru is a teacher of Te Reo and PE.
Year 7 and 8 Pastoral Care
Billy Gulliver email@example.com
Billy has responsibility in the Year 7 and 8 area to support students with behavioural or emotional needs. Billy also works very closely with the house deans.
Head of Learning Support
Dean Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean has responsibility for all students who may require extra support around learning needs. At St Thomas’, there is a strong emphasis on the holistic development of our young men and Dean and his team have an overall view of students who may need extra support. They communicate with teachers and parents on a regular basis and assess and monitor students throughout the year.
Head of Middle School
Hamish Barclay email@example.com
Hamish has responsibility for all students in Year 7, 8, 9. The Year 7 Mentor and House Coordinator will be the first contact and will liaise with Hamish as required. Hamish coach’s rugby, touch, sevens and rugby league at St Thomas’.
Maryanne Skidmore firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryanne provides support in a confidential setting with individuals, groups and families who are dealing with issues affecting mental health and well-being.
Patrick McEntyre email@example.com
Teacher in charge of Pasifika
Leuma Gali – firstname.lastname@example.org
Leuma supports and mentors Pasifika students within the school and wider community. He runs the parent/family meetings and community cultural activities.
Teacher in Charge of Māori Student Academic Achievement
Marcelle Leo’o mleo’email@example.com
Teacher in Charge of Māori Student Mentoring
Ruihi Kawenga firstname.lastname@example.org
Order of contact:
Further discipline required
Mr Dan O’Brien
Further support required
Dean Smith – Learning Support
Joyce House (Red)
Dean: Thomas Tennent email@example.com
JOAA: Andrew Auimatagi firstname.lastname@example.org
JOSM: Angela Smith email@example.com
JOBR: Ben Rapson firstname.lastname@example.org
JOAC: Alex Coulthard email@example.com
JODR: Dan Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
JOKM: Kathryn Morgan email@example.com
JOMK: Matt Kippenberger firstname.lastname@example.org
JORL: Robbie Lange email@example.com
JOSR: Shane Reddy firstname.lastname@example.org
JOBL: Bernie Lee email@example.com
Marlow House (Yellow)
Dean: Chris Leader firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKS: Katie Stanton email@example.com
MABC: Ben Crosson firstname.lastname@example.org
MAMY: Jack Mayo email@example.com
MASK: Stephen Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
MASS: Sai Saukuru email@example.com
MAKL: Karim Lafdal firstname.lastname@example.org
MASE: Daniel Seelen email@example.com
MABG: Billie Gulliver firstname.lastname@example.org
MAVR: Vincent Raj email@example.com
MAWA: Jason Wang firstname.lastname@example.org
McClintock House (Green)
Dean: Ruihi Kawenga email@example.com
MCJC: June Chey firstname.lastname@example.org
MCBB: Brendan Biggs email@example.com
MCMS: Maryanne Skidmore firstname.lastname@example.org
MCBS: Blair Scadden email@example.com
MCSC: SeYe Chan firstname.lastname@example.org
MCJQ: Judeena Quinn email@example.com
MCPM: Phil McKendry firstname.lastname@example.org
MCPB: Paul Burton email@example.com
MCDH: David Hooper firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCL: Kieran Coll email@example.com
Rice House (Black)
Dean: Megan Heather firstname.lastname@example.org
RIAJ: Andrew Jones email@example.com
RIAB: Aidan Baker firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDS: Dean Smith email@example.com
RIHB: Hamish Barclay firstname.lastname@example.org
RIAS: Andrew Strachan email@example.com
RIJT: Jamie Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
RIMU: Tony Mullally email@example.com
RIMG: Maureen Gaffaney firstname.lastname@example.org
RITM: Tim Muir email@example.com
RIEK: Elizabeth Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
Admin Contact details
Reception – Lynley Gibson email@example.com
Principal’s PA – Jo Fitzgerald firstname.lastname@example.org
Accounts (Bursar) – Jackie Redmond email@example.com
Uniforms – Ngaire Lester firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Support TA – Narelle Ferguson email@example.com
Learning Support TA – Chris Cranefield firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Support TA – Des Kaisami email@example.com
Learning Support TA – Robina Jorgensen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Support TA/Science Lab Technician – Julia Winton email@example.com
Sports Coordinator – Daniel Kahura firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Coordinator – Joe Hammond email@example.com
Sports Coordinator – Alex Coulthard –firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy College Captains
Alex McCorkindale & Ezra Neal
Justice and Solidarity Leader
Rice House Leader
McClintock House Leader
Marlow House Leader
Joyce House Leader
Gospel Spirituality Leader
Liberating Education Leader
Inclusive Community Leader
Student Council Chairman
St Thomas school values its staff and aims to appoint leading educators and experienced practitioners to teaching and non-teaching roles.