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Leader of Pastoral Care

Richard Washington

Richard 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, Richard will work with all parties involved whether that be student, teacher, parents and other relevant community affiliates within our restorative framework.

Senior Dean

Paul Burton is the Senior Dean and works closely with the house deans on all important matters. Paul also helps to facilitate restorative conferences when required

House Deans

Joyce – Angela Smith  –

Angela Smith has pastoral responsibility for all students in Joyce house. Angela is also a teacher of English and Drama.

Marlow – Jacob Allen –

Jacob Allen has pastoral responsibility for all students in Marlow house. Jacob is also Junior Curriculum teacher and First XI coach.

Rice – Kieran Coll –

Kieran has pastoral care responsibility for all students in Rice house. Kieran is teaching PE and is one of the sports coordinators. He also coaches rugby and 7s.

McClintock – Andrew Strachan

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

Year 7 and 8 Pastoral Care

Dean Smith –

Dean has responsibility in the Year 7 and 8 area to support students with behavioural or emotional needs. Dean also works very closely with the house deans. Dean is a coach of U14 rugby

Lynda Collins

Head of Learning Support

Lynda 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 on our young men and Lynda and her 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.

Hamish Barclay

Head of Middle School

Hamish has responsibility for for all students in Year 7, 8, 9. The Year 7  Mentor and House Coordinator will be first contact and will liaise with Hamish as required. Hamish coaches rugby, touch, sevens and rugby league at St Thomas’.

Brian Knopp

Counsellor/Career Guidance

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.

Leuma Gali

Teacher in charge of Pasifika

Leuma supports and mentors Pasifika students within the school and wider community. He runs the parent/family meetings and community cultural activities.

Keri Campbell

Teacher in Charge of Maori

Keri has a role to support Maori students within the school. Keri leads the 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                          Further support required

Mr Washington                                              Mr Knopp          Lynda Collins – Learning Support

Mr Taylor/Mr Knopp – Careers