Leaders of Learning

Every student is valued, accepted, encouraged to be themselves, and supported in pursuing their goals.

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…”

Leader of Learning –  Social Sciences

Yvonne Shields “…the school is small enough to get to know the students well. I like that each student is an individual…”

Leader of Learning – 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 perspective on what is 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 of Year 13, as young men, they embody the school values and uphold the special character of this College.”

Leader of Learning – 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 life time 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 is 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 tournmanetns. Manu Korero is an event that is looked forward to every year and we always perform very well.

Leader of Learning – Mathematics

Julie Maxwell “…The most special thing to me about St Thomas is that the values embedded in every aspect of school life reflect my own personal values. Firstly, every student is valued, accepted, encouraged to be themselves, and supported in pursuing their goals. Secondly, every student is encouraged to value and accept others, and to believe they can make a positive difference in the world…”

Leader of Learning – Physical Education

Andrew Auimatagi “…I strongly believe in the holistic ethos and values of our College. Health and Physical Education is a curriculum area that challenges our young men to strive for success and develop character traits that will empower them to make valuable contributions to society.”

Leader of Learning – 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…”

Leader of Learning – Performing Arts

Ben Crosson

Leader of Learning – 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…”

Leader of Learning – 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 utilise 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.”