Our People

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

St Thomas of Canterbury College Principal Steve Hart
Steve Hart
Principal

“I have three boys (and one daughter) and I am passionate about boys’ education and sport…for me it is all about character and ensuring that we do our best in turning boys into the right type of man.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES Stephen Kennedy
Stephen Kennedy  
Director of Religious Studies

“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.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College Deputy Principal
Brendan Biggs 
Deputy Principal

“I love the opportunity for diversity and creativity in education…I am committed to excellence and also giving boys opportunities and pathways that they otherwise may not have had.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College Assistant Principal
Hamish Barclay
Assistant Principal – Junior School

“I am committed to doing my part in supporting the needs of our teachers and students…schools are far more than educational institutes, they provide a sense of belonging and leave an imprint in a young person’s life forever.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College Assistant Principal
Daniel O’Brien
Assistant Principal – Enhancement and Culture

“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’.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College Assistant Principal
Andrew Auimatagi  
Assistant Principal –  Engagement and Innovation

“ 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”

St Thomas of Canterbury College Teacher Hamish Barclay
Hamish McCombie  
Business Manager 

Schools are dynamic places with many moving parts….. I love working in the engine room surrounded by caring, inspirational people that are focused on doing their part in supporting our wonderful community.” 

Leaders of Learning

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…”

Social Sciences

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…”   

Religious Studies

Paul McCarthy “…As the Leader of Learning, it is my responsibility to lead our curriculum in Religious Education at the College. Our department, in collaboration with all other learning areas, place huge value on the Catholic Education of our young men. Our programs deliver a wide range of perspectives on what it means to be a catholic and we encourage our students to explore their own spirituality and faith. Learning in context is also a very important aspect of |Religious Education and it is our goal to instill in all of our young men the ability to approach world issues with a consientised ethos, and an open heart and mind. We want to educate the whole person and to have students walk the Edmund Rice journey, so by the end of Year 13, as young men, they embody the school values and uphold the special character of this College.” 

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.”

Mathematics 

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

Art 

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…”

Ben Crosson 

English 

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…” 

Science 

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.” 

Pastoral

Leader of Pastoral Care  

Dan O’Brien  dobrien@stc.school.nz

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.

Senior Dean and Leader of Health

Paul Burton pburton@stc.school.nz 

Paul Burton is the Senior Dean and Leader of Health. He works closely with the house deans on all important matters.

Y13 Dean 

Angela Smith asmith@stc.school.nz 

Restorative Justice Leader 

Kieran Coll  kcoll@stc.school.nz 

Kieran works alongside the pastoral care team and staff, assisting with the Restorative Justice process within the college. 

House Deans 

JoyceTom Tennent  ttennent@stc.school.nz 

Tom Tennent has pastoral responsibility for all students in Joyce house. 

Marlow Chris Leader  cleader@stc.school.nz 

Paul Burton is the Senior Dean and Leader of Health. He works closely with the house deans on all important matters.

Rice Megan Heather mheather@stc.school.nz 

Megan has pastoral care responsibility for all students in Rice house. 

McClintockAndrew Strachan  astrachan@stc.school.nz 

Andrew Strachan has pastoral responsibility for all students in McClintock house. Andrew Strachan is a teacher of English. 

Year 7 and 8 Pastoral Care 

Billy Gulliver  bgulliver@stc.school.nz 

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  dsmith@stc.school.nz 

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  hbarclay@stc.school.nz 

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’. 

 Counsellor/Career Guidance 

Brian Knopp  bknopp@stc.school.nz 

Brian is our guidance counsellor and careers advisor. Brian is there to support boys who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. All meetings are confidential. 

Counsellor 

Maryanne Skidmore  mskidmore@stc.school.nz 

Maryanne provides support in a confidential setting with individuals, groups and families who are dealing with issues affecting mental health and well-being. 

Teacher in charge of Pasifika 

Leuma Gali – lgali@stc.school.nz 

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 Maori 

Keri Campbell  kcampbell@stc.school.nz 

Keri has a role to support Maori students within the school. Keri leads regular whanau meetings and kaupapa Maori events. He coaches volleyball in the school. 

If a student/parent/teacher has a concern (behaviour, bullying, conflict, disobedience, grief/loss) and requires extra support, please approach:

Mentor Teacher

House Coordinator

Further discipline required

Mr Dan O’Brien

Mr Taylor/Mr Knopp – Careers

Further support required

Mr Knopp

Dean Smith – Learning Support

Staff Contacts

Joyce House (Red)

Dean: Thomas Tennent  ttennent@stc.school.nz

JOAA: Andrew Auimatagi  aauimatagi@stc.school.nz

JOSM: Angela Smith  asmith@stc.school.nz

JOBR: Ben Rapson  brapson@stc.school.nz

JOLG: Leuma Gali  lgali@stc.school.nz

JODR: Dan Ryan  dryan@stc.school.nz

JORF: Rachael Fowler  rfowler@stc.school.nz

JOMT: Marty Taylor mtaylor@stc.school.nz

JORL: Robbie Lange  rlange@stc.school.nz

JOSR: Shane Reddy  sreddy@stc.school.nz

JOBL: Bernie Lee  blee@stc.school.nz

Marlow House (Yellow)

Dean: Chris Leader   cleader@stc.sChchool.nz

MADK: Daniel Kahura  dkahura@stc.school.nz

MABC: Ben Crosson  bcrosson@stc.school.nz

MABY: Jack Mayo  jmayo@stc.school.nz

MASK: Stephen Kennedy  skennedy@stc.school.nz

MAJL: Johnny Leo’o  jleo_o@stc.school.nz

MAKL: Karim Lafdal   klafdal@stc.school.nz

MASE: Daniel Seelen  dseelen@stc.school.nz

MABG: Billie Gulliver  bgulliver@stc.school.nz

MAVR: Vincent Raj  vraj@stc.school.nz

MAWA: Jason Wang  jwang@stc.school.nz

McClintock House (Green)

Dean: Andrew Strachan  astrachan@stc.school.nz

MCJC: June Chey  jchey@stc.school.nz

MCBB: Brendan Biggs  bbiggs@stc.school.nz

MCBK: Brian Knopp  bknopp@stc.school.nz

MCBS: Blair Scadden  bscadden@stc.school.nz

MCSC: SeYe Chan  schan@stc.school.nz

MCJR: Jonathan Riddell  jriddell@stc.school.nz

MCJM: Julie Maxwell  jmaxwell@stc.school.nz

MCPB: Paul Burton  pburton@stc.school.nz

MCCT: Alexia Cutbush  acutbush@stc.school.nz

MCCL: Kieran Coll  kcoll@stc.school.nz

Rice House (Black)

Dean: Megan Heather  mheather@stc.school.nz

RIAJ: Andrew Jones  ajones@stc.school.nz

RIAB: Aidan Baker  abaker@stc.school.nz

RIDS: Dean Smith  dsmith@stc.school.nz

RIHB: Hamish Barclay  hbarclay@stc.school.nz

RIKC: Keri Campbell  kcampbell@stc.school.nz

RIMA: Margaret Guerin  mguerin@stc.school.nz

RIMC: Paul McCarthy  pmccarthy@stc.school.nz

RIMG: Maureen Gaffaney  mgaffaney@stc.school.nz

RITM: Tim Muir  tmuir@stc.school.nz

RIEK: Elizabeth Kennedy  ekennedy@stc.school.nz

Admin Contact details

Reception – Lynley Gibson  lgibson@stc.school.nz

Principal’s PA – Jo Fitzgerald  jfitzgerald@stc.school.nz

Accounts (Bursar) – Jackie Redmond  jredmond@stc.school.nz

Uniforms – Ngaire Lester  nlester@stc.school.nz

Support Staff

Learning Support TA – Narelle Ferguson  nferguson@stc.school.nz

Learning Support TA – Chris Cranefield  ccranefield@stc.school.nz

Learning Support TA  – Andrea Fray – afray@stc.school.nz

Learning Support TA – Robina Jorgensen – rjorgensen@stc.school.nz

Learning Support TA/Science Lab Technician – Julia Winton jwinton@stc.school.nz

Maori Mentor/Sports Coordinator – Daniel Kahura  dkahura@stc.school.nz

Sports Coordinator – Joe Hammond  jhammond@stc.school.nz

Sports Coordinator – Alex Coulthard –acoulthard@stc.school.nz

Student Leaders

College Captain

Finn Keogan

Deputy College Captains

Riley Steel & Jarrod Gali

Justice and Solidarity Leader

 Harvey Gordon

Whanau Leader

Eruera Keelan-Jackson

Pasifika Leader

 Joseph Ripley

Rice House Leader

Kobe Northmore

McClintock House Leader

Max Sergel-Stringer

Marlow House Leader

 Ethan Hill

Joyce House Leader

Mitchell Barrett

Filipino Leader

Paolo Guese

Gospel Spirituality  Leader

Matthew Pelenato

Liberating Education Leader

Zach Floris

Culture Leader

Wilson House

Inclusive Community Leader

 George Bassett-Smith

Student Council Chairman

Jack Walecki

St Thomas school values its staff and aims to appoint leading educators and experienced practitioners to teaching and non-teaching roles.