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Staff

 

Senior Management Team

 

Kathleen Parker - Principal

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After completing a double degree in English and Education at the University of Waikato, Kathleen began her career as a Primary Teacher with a very specific goal; to be a secondary school teacher. She had carefully planned to teach J3, then middle school, intermediate and finally secondary school. The philosophy was that she would have a solid foundation for secondary teaching in English. It is unfortunate that she was seen to be 'just great' with young students and every year instead of progressing upwards in age she moved down until after three years she reached New Entrants.

This necessitated a radical step and she jumped to secondary English over a weekend and has never looked back. She gained her first promotion after three years at Melville High School and became Head of Drama at Cambridge High School. Within two years, she was seconded to the University of Waikato in the School of Education where later gained tenure and worked as a lecturer for seven years teaching English, Video Production and Drama.

At the same time, she was actively involved in theatre in the Waikato where she acted in both straight theatre and musical theatre for ten years clocking up over thirty roles. These ranged from Ophelia in Hamlet to Piaf in Piaf and a number of cabarets. Her love of theatre led her to co-write and publish a drama text based on the Napier Earthquake.

A move to Auckland meant going back into the classroom, something she never regrets. A year at Kristin as Head of Drama led to joining Senior College thirteen years ago to teach Drama and Senior English. From there she became a Dean, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and then Principal.

Kathy has been fortunate in that she has had experience in teaching two international qualifications – the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge International Examinations.

Prior to Senior College she had had regular moves to different schools but somehow the ethos of Senior College, the staff and students have ensured she has retained her passion for education and especially education at Senior College.

 

Graham Gottard - Deputy Principal

Graham GottardGraham was educated in the UK, gaining A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, a Physics degree and teaching qualifications from the University of Birmingham and the University of Lancaster.

Physics is his first passion and he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to pass his enthusiasm on to his students. He has extensive experience in education in the UK, Bermuda and New Zealand as a Physics teacher and examiner within the domestic UK system, Cambridge International Examinations, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, NZ Scholarship programme and SAT programme.

Prior to joining Senior College, he gained pastoral and academic experience as Dean, Senior Housemaster, Head of Physics and IB Diploma Co-ordinator and has taught Physics and Mathematics for many years. He enjoys encouraging students develop a rounded approach to their education by operating outside their comfort zones. He firmly believes that experiential learning has genuine benefits for young people and has led many outdoor activities including cross-country running, rock-climbing, skiing, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, SCUBA diving and overseas cultural trips. Since joining the college, he has been heavily involved in the introduction and running of both Cambridge International (CIE) qualifications and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

He is excited at the prospect of developing both CIE and IBDP as these will present students at Senior College with a genuine choice of two prestigious international qualifications – offering flexibility, intellectual challenge, meaningful learning, academic rigour, intercultural understanding and an excellent preparation for tertiary study and the challenges of the twenty first century.

 

Faculty of Arts

 

Kerry-Ann Boyle - Graphic Design

Kerry-Ann BoyleKerry-Ann gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Photography and Printmaking at Canterbury University, her Diploma of Teaching at the then, Auckland College of Education in 1990 and her Masters degree from Auckland University in 1998. She joined Senior College in 2003 as a teacher of Art and Photography. In 2004 she introduced the Cambridge AS History of Art programme. Prior to Senior College, Kerry-Ann taught at Epsom Girls Grammar School as Head of Photography from 1991 until 1999. After leaving to pursue her own photographic practice, Kerry-Ann was a long term relieving teacher at Northcote College and Baradene College from 2001 until 2003. "The attraction of Senior College for me is the independent and committed students that we have the privilege to teach. The atmosphere of the College is unique. Teachers and students have an easy rapport in a studious environment and the focus is always on the individual."

 

Nick Duirs - Music; Faculty Co-ordinator

Nick DuirsNick Duirs joined ACG Senior College in 2005 as a teacher of both Music and Geography. As of 2007 he has exclusively taught Music and was recently appointed as Faculty Coordinator for the Arts. Mr. Duirs commenced his teaching career in 1996 and has gained a great deal of experience working with exceptional colleagues and students in schools in Auckland, the Waikato and in Harrow, North London. His musical career has encompassed education, performance and musical direction across a broad range of musical styles and contexts. Nick is a versatile and experienced pianist and singer. He has worked with a number of Auckland's leading musicians recording albums and performing throughout New Zealand and at festivals and concerts in Canada, the USA, the UK, Singapore and South Korea. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Nick is responsible for the musical direction of the annual Senior College musical. He also coordinates and directs other musical ensembles and activities as part of the school's co-curricular programme. In 2008 he accompanied a group of Senior College students on a tour of Europe, at the end of which he attended the International Society of Music Education conference in Bologna, Italy.

 

Rob Freeman - Graphic Design

Rob FreemanAwarded an Australian Commonwealth Scholarship, Rob studied Graphic Design for five years in Sydney and Melbourne. Work experience came from ABC Television, freelance commissions and a semester with the public service Division of Botany in New Guinea. Here one great adventure was exploring the highlands with his new Nikon SLR camera. After graduation in Melbourne Rob was headhunted to come to New Zealand as an Advertising Art Director, working with clients on television, print, 3D, packaging and display, his work winning CLIO Awards (New York) and AXIS Awards New Zealand. One of his freelance stamp design commissions for New Zealand Post won the Robert Stolz Trophy in London. In New Zealand his designs included the logo for the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and the exterior of the new Devonport harbour ferry. Rob then joined MIT as a lecturer in their new School of Art and Design. Six years later he joined Senior College. Rob maintains contact with designers in the UK, Germany, Australia and China.

 

Debbie McLachlan - Photography

Debbie McLachlanBorn and educated in the UK, Debbie gainied a BA(Hons) degree in Textile Design from Nottingham, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Art and Design) in Leicester. She then moved to France for a year before arriving in New Zealand, and began her teaching career in 1989 at Avondale College. She taught Painting and Design as well as Junior art before picking up Photography in 1992. After a successful few years of teaching Sixth Form Certificate and Bursary Photography, Debbie was invited to join both the panel of Bursary Photography markers in Wellington and the Combined Schools marking panel in Auckland in 2001. She also moved schools that same year to Kings College where she stayed for 2 years before being enticed to ACG Senior College. Debbie has been teaching the CIE curriculum at AS and A2 level in Photography since 2004.

Having family still back in the UK, Debbie regularly visits England and always makes time to catch up with other successful art departments there, helping to ensure that she remains aware of international developments in Art.

 

Andrew Strachan - Painting

Andrew Strachan2Andrew Strachan was born Auckland, New Zealand. He studied in Australia (B.F.A), at Curtin University, Perth, and his Post Graduate Studies (Painting) were completed at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He attended Christchurch Teachers College and completed training for Secondary Art teaching in 1991. He then taught at various schools in New Zealand from 1992 to 1996 and then Auckland Grammar School until 2002 ( Head of Art in 2001/02.) Andrew was involved in New Zealand University Bursary Art marking panel 1997-2000, the Combined Schools panel 2001- 03 and School Certificate 1995. He has taught Art, Painting and Printmaking at ACG Senior College since 2002 (Faculty Co-ordinator 2007 - 2009) with students achieving outstanding results in Bursary and Cambridge International Examinations. Results achieved by Andrew's students in Art at ACG Senior College in the Cambridge Examinations include top of the world in Art and Design IGCSE Art (year 11) twice, Art and Design (Painting) , AS level once, and A2 Art and Design (Painting) four times (2004-2007). Andrew's students have also achieved top of New Zealand awards in Art at all levels, including Printmaking. Andrew has been involved in numerous art exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia and is still a practicing artist.

 

Faculty of Business

 

Jason Borich - Accounting

Jason BorichJason studied at Auckland University completing a conjoint BCOM/LLB. He was then fortunate enough to travel extensively aboard an ocean-going yacht owned by one of Italy's wealthiest families. On his return to New Zealand he worked as a a solicitor for Bell Gully, and then as a Brand Manager at Delegat's Wines. Following the completion of his Teaching Diploma he taught first at Mt Albert Grammar School, moving to Senior College in 2000. During this time he has specialised in teaching Accounting at all levels, but has also taught AS Business Studies. He marked the New Zealand NCEA Scholarship Examinations in 2005. He feels fortunate to be part of a cohesive and progressive Business Faculty at Senior College. His student's have had many successes, including Top of New Zealand in A2 Accounting, and have gone on to achieve at some of the top International Universities.

 

Ben Cahill - Economics and Business Studies; Faculty Co-ordinator

Ben CahillAfter completing a conjoint degree in Commerce and Arts from the University of Auckland, Ben Cahill began his teaching career in 1997 at Westlake Boys High School. Between 2002 and 2004 he divided his time between New Zealand International College and Senior College and moved across full-time to Senior College in 2005. His main subjects are Economics and Business Studies and he has been teaching the CIE curriculum at IGCSE and A level since 2003 in these subjects. He has also taught Accounting and Computing. He has remained involved in the NCEA assessment system with various roles such as moderator and exam marker. He is the co-author of an NCEA Level 3 Economics workbook used by many schools throughout New Zealand. He appreciates the central city location of Senior College as the perfect place to teach Economics and Business because of the numerous examples of theory put into practice. He is also prepared to take his students further afield and every two years leads the trip to the financial capitals of the world, New York and London.

 

Paul Godfrey - Economics, Global Perspectives and Thinking Skills; Director of International Services

Paul GodfreySixteen years ago Paul came to Senior College on one year's leave from his previous school, and has never regretted the decision to stay. He enjoys teaching Economics and introducing Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives to students who are keen to learn and discuss as well as looking after the international students at the school. Highlights have been the trips with the Business students to New York, London and Wellington. Paul has been involved with a number of aspects of Economics education in New Zealand: marking, writing and moderating external examinations for NZQA, helping develop the Achievement Standards and Scholarship for NCEA, and the new Social Sciences Curriculum. Until they moved to the Epsom Campus he also did the subject specialist training for secondary school Economics teachers at the University of Auckland. Prior to Senior College Paul was been a Dean, Acting HOD and taught Economics, Accounting and Maths at Rangitoto College, sold computers for three years in Sydney and worked as an economist for a government department in Wellington where he grew up and completed his degree.

 

Faculty of English and Languages

 

Emily Ferris

Emily FerrisEmily was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. She gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in languages at the University of Otago, before making the move to Auckland to complete her Diploma in Teaching at the University of Auckland. Emily has made the most of opportunities for travel, and has really enjoyed time spent exploring France, Spain and Ireland. But at the end of a few months travelling she is always pleased to come home to New Zealand! At the beginning of 2014, she began teaching French and Spanish at ACG Senior College, and is enjoying sharing her passion for learning new languages and their cultures. She is thoroughly enjoying teaching at Senior College, and is impressed by the motivation and work ethic of her students. 

 

Tian Huang 

Tian Huang

Born and raised up in China, Tian gained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University in 1989 followed by a Masters Degree in Language Teaching & Learning from The University of Auckland at 2005, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) in 2007. Before Immigrating to New Zealand, Tian was a journalist and presenter for ten years at a radio station in China. After a long time of living in the spotlight, she wanted to settle down and came to New Zealand to turnaround her life and career. She decided to become a teacher of Chinese language and literature which was one of her dreams. Her first teaching job in New Zealand was in Maclean’s College. After six years of hard work, Chinese classes increased from one to seven. Her students achieved CIE Top in the World four consecutive years and CIE Top in New Zealand once in the A Level Chinese Exam. Her students were also successful for six consecutive years in NZQA Chinese Scholarship examinations, gaining three outstanding scholarships. Last year, she was selected as one of the camp leaders to take nearly 100 New Zealand secondary students to visit China at the invitation of Chinese Deputy Premier Liu Yandong. She was also involved in the job of panel judge for Auckland regional Chinese speech competition. At the beginning of 2014, she was very excited to become a new member of the teaching staff at ACG Senior College. She is impressed by the excellent students and school culture, and ready to face the new challenge of IB programme.

 

Claire Houliston - English

Claire HoulistonSince completing an MA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature from Victoria University, graduation from Auckland Teachers’ Training College and a three-year period in the UK and Europe, Claire has lived and worked in Auckland. Her most recent teaching experience has been at both Diocesan School for Girls - where she remained for 16 years - and Baradene College of the Sacred Heart. She enjoyed two years as 7th Form Dean and eight years as Head of the English Department at Diocesan. She has worked as a tutor at Unitec and has also served on marking panels for School Certificate, University Entrance and Level 3 English. She has been a tutor for the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand’s holiday revision programme for the past two years.

Claire came to Senior College in mid-2007, in order to broaden her experience by teaching CIE. Here, she has taught IG English Literature and Language papers, and all three of the courses available in AS English. In 2008, one of her students, Christopher Graddon, gained a Top in the World award in AS Language and Literature in English and in 2010, Henry Whitcomb Cahill gained a Top in New Zealand award in AS Language and Literature. In 2009, Claire ran the NCEA course, an alternative pathway for students to achieve the necessary literacy requirements for entry to New Zealand universities.

Her aim as a teacher is to enable students, through literature, to exercise both inquiry and reflection. Her desire is for them to gain an appreciation of the power of language and a richer understanding of human nature and relationships.

 

Susan Lamb - English

Sue LambAfter completing a BA Honours degree in English Literature at the University of York in England, Sue Lamb began her teaching career at Settle High School in Yorkshire. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1969 and taught at Selwyn College for 16 years, eventually becoming Head of the English Department. Between 1989 and 1993 she taught at Epsom Girls' Grammar School and in 1993 became Head of the English Department at St Cuthbert's College. She has been teaching part time at Senior College for eight years. She is the co-author of two English textbooks: English Works and English Works Two. She has been Chief Examiner for School Certificate English and Chief Marker for Bursary English. She was a member of the panel that wrote the Unit Standards in English and was a Facilitator for the establishment of the Achievement Standards in Auckland schools. Since she has been teaching at ACG Senior College, students from Sue’s classes have achieved Top of the World in IGCSE English, AS English and A2 English. Last year a student of hers was Top Scholar of NCEA Scholarship English. She lives in Waiheke and believes she has the best of all worlds: a part time job that she enjoys combined with a more leisurely life on the island.

 

Heather Meyer - English and Faculty Co-ordinator

Dr Heather Meyer

Heather Meyer completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in English and Psychology), Honours in English Literature and a Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Natal, in South Africa and later a Masters and PhD in Applied Language Studies at AUT, in New Zealand. Her specialism in postgraduate research was grammatical and cognitive qualities of senior secondary essay writing. She has taught in South Africa, (where she was also a national chief examiner for ESOL on the Independent Examinations Board), New Zealand and England and presented her research at conferences around New Zealand, in America and the UK.  She has published several papers on the findings of both her Masters and PhD research. In 1996 and 1997, Heather taught English and ESOL at what was then Senior College of New Zealand and New Zealand International College and was delighted to return to the school in 2011, now ACG Senior College. She has additional training in CIE English Literature and Language AS and A2 levels, which she has been teaching since 2005, and in 2012 completed training in Kuala Lumpur for English Literature Group 1 International Baccalaureate. Heather teaches English Literature, Language and supervises the Global Perspectives Pre-University students writing 5000-word Independent Research Reports. In 2012 one of her students was Top Scholar in the NZQA English Scholarship Examination. Her mission as a teacher is to model and encourage intellectual curiosity and scholarly attitudes to learning and support students in adventurous, independent academic investigation into significant world issues, which she believes will make them knowledgeable, open-minded and thoughtful citizens who will make a positive contribution to New Zealand society and potentially the world.

 

Janet Walter-Kerr - English

Janet Walter-Kerr2

Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand Janet trained at Waikato University/Hamilton Teachers’ College. She was to be an Intermediate School teacher of French but this did not actually eventuate. Being selected in her first year teaching as a Youth Ambassador to Japan, courtesy of the Japanese Government in 1972, and having learnt Japanese at university, she started a long and happy association with Japan and its people. After a number of years teaching almost every subject at Onewhero Area School, and a two year stint at Waihi College, Janet had the opportunity to teach in Tokyo for 5 years at the prestigious Nishimachi International School. A lifelong interest and passion for international people and issues was further developed during this time as she worked with Refugees International and the Student Council. It was during this time she completed a Masters in Applied Linguistics and her Masters in Guidance and Counselling which has led to a full time after-hours private practice as a counsellor and family therapist. For 5 years Janet has led a team of teachers to Jinai Girls High School in Fukui, Japan to spend a week teaching the students and running professional development sessions for the Japanese teachers. After a further year in Chiangmai, Thailand she returned to New Zealand to take up a position as the teacher-in-charge of International Students at Waiuku College before moving to ACG Strathallan to teach ESOL, junior English and became the International Dean. She attended a training workshop for Language B English in Hong Kong in September 2013 and is very excited about the start of the IB programme in July 2014. The scope of topics and the approach to ‘teaching’ them, particularly for students who have English as another language, is what attracts her to the IB programme.

 

 

Faculty of Mathematics

 

David Jessopp - Mathematics and Faculty Co-ordinator and Centre Manger CIE

David Jessop

David graduated with a BSc(Hons) and his teaching qualification (PGCE) from London South Bank University (double major - Mathematics and Computing). He taught for 14 years at East Barnet School (North London) and during his tenure at Barnet was deputy head of faculty, teacher responsible for relief and centre manager for examinations. He also worked for the Cambridge Examinations Board for a number of years as an examiner and coursework moderator. David migrated to New Zealand in 2002 and since that time has worked at ACG NZIC, ACG Parnell College and ACG Senior College. While at AGC NZIC he enjoyed the challenge of working with students who have English as an additional language and working with young people from a range of cultural backgrounds markedly different to his own.  While at Parnell he taught both senior and junior classes and also taught some of the NZIC classes at the Parnell site. A highlight of his time at Parnell was seeing one of his students (in 2009) achieve "Top in the World" (with a 100% result for AS Mathematics) and two other students scoring 99% and 98% in the same subject in the same year. He moved to ACG Senior College in April 2010 and has taught the CIE examinations to all levels. Whilst at Senior College he has again taught students who have done especially well in mathematics, with a student scoring 100% for AS Mathematics in 2010 and a student scoring 99% in 2011 for IGCSE Mathematics. In preparation for Senior College becoming a World IB school David attended three days of training in Shanghai on the teaching of the Higher Level Mathematic course. Since July 2013 he has been teaching the Pre-IB Mathematics course. David is looking forward to teaching the first intake of IB students. During the last two years David has taught several classes at ACG NZIC Queen Street. David enjoys teaching at ACG, this is because the students are hardworking, vibrant, enthusiastic and highly motivated to learn. Outside of work David loves international travel, cooking and Nordic crime dramas.

 

Jordan Eskra - Mathematics

Jordan Eskra

Jordan completed his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mathematics, at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He moved to New Zealand in 2005 to complete his Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland. Thoroughly enjoying the New Zealand school system, he began his teaching career at Auckland Girls' Grammar School. In addition to teaching all levels of Mathematics, he also became heavily involved in co-curricular programs both coaching softball and assisting with school productions. In 2008, Mr Eskra accepted a full time position at ACG Senior College where he began teaching the CIE Curriculum at IGCSE and A level in Mathematics. He has also taught AS Thinking Skills and was the Mathematics Faculty Coordinator. His passion for travelling prompted him organising a school trip to the 2010 Global Issues Conference in Hong Kong. He subsequently initiated and led the World Challenge program in 2011, which saw 9 students and himself travel through Ecuador for 28 days. The program’s success saw another launch in 2013 where he and 11 students travelled to Tanzania for 29 days. He maintains heavy involvement in the annual school productions as well as the Senior College student Mathematics Committee. In 2011, Mr Eskra changed roles and took over the school timetabling position. In preparation for IB, he attended the IBDP Mathematics Standard Level workshop training in Shanghai, and also the IBDP Mathematical Studies workshop in Pittsburgh. He is excited about the introduction of the IBDP and Pre IB program alongside the CIE programmes. He thoroughly enjoys teaching at Senior College and values the unique and successful learning environment that is offered here.

 

 

Kaye Griffiths - Mathematics, Year 12 Dean

Kaye GriffithsAfter completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Mathematics and French from the University of Waikato, and a Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, Kaye Griffiths began her teaching career in 1985 at Mount Maunganui College. Between 1987 and 1989 she travelled overseas, spending one year teaching at Whitgift School, Croydon, Surrey, UK. On return to New Zealand she gained a position at Rangitoto College and taught there for 13 years before moving to ACG Senior College in 2003. During her time at Rangitoto College, she also spent time outside the classroom working as a School Certificate (Mathematics) Panel Leader and as a Facilitator for Advisory Services working with teachers during the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum. At Senior College she is the Career Counsellor and also teaches Mathematics.

 

Andrew Stafford - Mathematics; Year 11 Dean

Mr_Andrew_StaffordMr Stafford is currently on a one year teaching fellowship at the University of Auckland. Born in Rotorua, Andrew Stafford was educated at Rotorua Lakes High School. After completing a BSc degree at the University of Canterbury, he began teaching at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, then after four years there made the move back north and taught in Auckland at Avondale College, Carmel College and Manurewa High School. In 1998 he was awarded a Mathematics and Science Teaching Fellowship and spent a year at Auckland University working on the creation of resources for teaching Mathematics. During that time he also taught one class at Senior College then took up a full time position the following year. In July 2002 he and his family moved to England where he taught at Brentwood School in Essex, returning to Senior College in 2005. He has been involved with examination marking both with the University Bursaries Examinations in 1997 and 1998 and in 2006 as an observer on the marking panels for AS and A2 Cambridge Mathematics examinations in England. In 2012 he was awarded an Independent Schools Honours Award for Service to the Wider School Community and later in the year a teaching fellowship in the Mathematics Department at the University of Auckland which he will take up in 2013.

 

Faculty of Science

 

Mini Balachandran - Biology and Faculty Co-ordinator

Mini BalachandranOriginally from India, Mini Balachandran holds formal degrees in Science and Education (B. Sc. & B. Ed.) from Kerala University and Mahatma Gandhi University, India. She has spent most of her teaching life overseas with international students. When living in Bahrain with her family, she taught Maths and Science at The Asian School, where she was also involved with organising extracurricular activities like cultural competitions and Badminton Tournaments at the school. In May 2003 she moved to New Zealand with her family and has taught at ACG Senior College since 2004. Her main subject is Biology which she is teaching at IGCSE and A Levels. She has also taught IGCSE Combined Science, Maths, and Chemistry at Senior College. Now a New Zealand Citizen, she is passionate about continuing to teach here and she enjoys seeing the students grow in confidence and achieve their potential.

 

Marilyn Miller - Chemistry

Marilyn MilleOn completion of a BSc in Chemistry at Auckland University in 1970, Marilyn took a position as Graduate Technologist at Auckland Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department and was responsible for preparing the solutions used in radioactive scanning for diagnostic purposes and for research and development of new compounds. Heeding the call to enter the teaching profession, she enrolled for the Post Graduate Diploma course in Teaching at Auckland College of Education in 1973 and joined the staff of Auckland Girls' Grammar School in 1974. There she taught Senior Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and General Science for four years. During this time she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Food Technology at the Auckland Technical Institute. In 1978 she became a teacher at Middlemore Hospital School, teaching a wide range of subjects to students whose health prevented them from attending regular schools. An interest in ICT lead to a brief career as Account Manager at Apple Education Centre and eventually in 1977, a position at Senior College, initially as Technology, Science and Mathematics Teacher as well as ICT trainer and trouble-shooter. She has taught CIE Chemistry since it was introduced to Senior College in 2002. Marilyn is the proud mother of two adult sons and enjoys spending time at home in her garden or relaxing with a good book. Her hobbies include singing, and earning a gold medal at the National Sweet Adelines Convention in 2009 was the culmination of a great deal of hard work, application and enthusiasm, attitudes which she delights in seeing in the students she teaches.

 

Nikita Parshotam

Nikita ParshotamBeing a kiwi born Indian and growing up with older siblings, Nikita has always had a strong passion for sports, in particular cricket, which she began playing at the age of 5 years old. She graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Physical Education.  She was fortunate enough to attend Senior College as a student and has always wanted to give back to the school who helped her become the person she is today. She have a strong interest in keeping both mentally and physically fit and wants to ensure every student experiences Physical Education and fitness in the most positive and enjoyable way possible, in the hope of encouraging others to develop a love in the field of Health and Physical Education. In the past, she has made various age group Auckland representative cricket teams as an opening bowler, and currently play for the Waitakere women's premier cricket team. Her ambition is to play for the New Zealand women's cricket team, the White Ferns.

"You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for" - Author unknown

 

Jonathan Shearer – Chemistry

Jonathon Shearer

A traveller from the beginning, Jonathan was born in Germany and grew up in Hawaii. He received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and a Master of Natural and Applied Sciences from Missouri State University in the USA. His teaching experiences range from historic Elgin Academy in the USA, John Abbott College in Canada , two years as a volunteer teacher in rural Kenya and summer programs at Yale University. He came to New Zealand in 2007 to teach at ACG Strathallan College and joined the Senior College staff in 2011. Jonathan is a passionate tramper and environmentalist, so he spends much of his time planning his next trip into the New Zealand wilderness.  Jonathan also runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme and loves introducing young people to the outdoors. 

 

 

Faculty of Social Science

 

Bridget Maher 

Bridget MaherBridget studied Classical Archaeology in the UK gaining a BA(Hons) from Bristol University and a MSc from Bournemouth University. After several years working in her field as well as extensive travel and further study she returned to New Zealand where she completed her Teaching Qualification. She joins Senior College from Marcellin College where she taught Classical Studies, Drama and junior Social Studies. She is looking forward to teaching Classics with the Cambridge syllabus. 

 

Thomas Maurer - History

Thomas Maurer

Thomas completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Otago. After working as an IMPACT project mentor at Albany Senior High School he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as an Education Officer and was commissioned in December 2010. He went on operations to Papua New Guinea and the sub-antarctic islands as well as being an instructor at the Leadership Development Group. After leaving the Navy he spent several months travelling through Asia before returning to New Zealand to teach History at Senior College.

 

Justin Peters - Psychology, Sociology and Faculty Co-ordinator

Justin PetersJustin Peters was educated at Lancaster Boys school in Leicester, England between 1985-1990 where he represented the Leicestershire and Midlands under-16 rugby team. He then passed A Levels in English Literature, Politics and Psychology at Wyggeston Queen Elizabeth 1 College, Leicester. He then gained a BSc in Psychology from London Guildhall University in 1999. After completing his teacher training at Greenwich University, London, he taught Psychology and Sociology for two years in a north London comprehensive. During this time he was an examiner for G.C.S.E Sociology. In New Zealand he has taught Psychology at NCEA level at Avondale College before moving to Senior College to teach both Psychology and Sociology at A Level.

 

 

 

Associate Staff

 

Kaye Griffiths - Careers Counsellor


Kaye GriffithsAfter completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Mathematics and French from the University of Waikato, and a Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, Kaye Griffiths began her teaching career in 1985 at Mount Maunganui College. Between 1987 and 1989 she travelled overseas, spending one year teaching at Whitgift School, Croydon, Surrey, UK. On return to New Zealand she gained a position at Rangitoto College and taught there for 13 years before moving to ACG Senior College in 2003. During her time at Rangitoto College, she also spent time outside the classroom working as a School Certificate (Mathematics) Panel Leader and as a Facilitator for Advisory Services working with teachers during the implementation of the new mathematics curriculum. In 2012 in preparation for IB, she completed IBDP CAS Training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At Senior College she is the Career Counsellor, IBDP Dean, IB CAS Co-ordinator and also teaches Mathematics.

 

Phillipa Matthews -Reception & Attendance Officer

Phillipa MatthewsMrs Matthews has many years experience working in Business Administration and with the travelling public. She joined Senior College in 2008 primarily as Attendance Officer but also covering for reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Mills 

Guy MillsGuy Mills-  Born in Auckland Guy has degrees from the University of Auckland, a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Studies, a Masters with Honours in Political Studies, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Victoria University.

After completing his studies he has worked in senior roles in the Victoria University Library, Auckland City Central Library, and as part of the Library team at TVNZ.

Guy then spent 18 months as a stay at home father, raising his new born twins, he claims this has been his toughest, yet most rewarding role. A third child arrived just as he was re-joining the workforce.

Guy has spent 7 years as the Librarian at Auckland International College, an International Baccalaureate school, before joining the team here at ACG Senior College.

The things Guy most enjoys about working as a Librarian in a school are the questions he gets asked and finding books that help students understand the subjects they are studying.

 

Anita Tamepo - Personal Assistant

Anita TamepoMrs Tamepo completed a Secretarial Course at Manukau Technical Institute and entered the business world employed as a Junior Secretary. She progressed quickly and has since been involved in Administration in Secretarial and PA roles for over 20 years. She joined Senior College at the beginning of 2009 as a Receptionist and has since been in charge of handling finances. She is currently based at Level Two Reception from Monday to Thursday and operates on Level Four as the Principal's PA every Friday.

 

Sue Tearne - Science Technician

Sue TearneSue moved to NZ in 2001, and joined ACG Senior College that year. She gained a BSc Honours in Chemistry from Surrey University in the UK, working first in the Research Division of British Gas Corporation as an analytical chemist, then retraining as a State Registered Medical Lab Scientist in Lincolnshire hospitals, specialising in Chemical Pathology. Later she was a Special Project Researcher for the NHS Personnel Division in North Lincs. After having a family, she worked as technician at the largest comprehensive school in Lincoln. Sue enjoys seeing young scientists gain in confidence as they acquire practical skills, which equips them to do well in science at tertiary level. She has qualifications in Chemical Safety and First Aid. When not at work, Sue enjoys singing at folk clubs and festivals, gardening and family history research.

 

 

Mary Wilson – Level two receptionist

Maria WilsonMary completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Auckland. Following this she worked in a variety of administrative roles in the fields of property, staff training and IT.  In 2003 Mary moved to Bristol, England where she worked in a senior administrative role in a property surveying company, whilst indulging her passion for travel.  Mary’s role immediately prior to joining ACG Senior College was full time mum to her two young sons.