Rangitoto College has the largest number of teaching staff of any school in New Zealand with over 180 teachers. The College’s teachers are highly qualified in their specialist subjects and bring a diverse range of personal interests to the school that they can enrich our students with. The College is also very fortunate to be well resourced by a large team of support staff.
Senior Leadership Team 
Patrick Gale

BA (Hons), MEdL


I trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education in London, following the completion of a Geography Degree at University College London.  I am originally from North Devon in the South West of England and took up my first teaching position at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, in Canterbury, Kent.  I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to undertake a year long education exchange to New Zealand, swapping roles with the current Principal of Rosmini College, Mr Nixon Cooper.  I was offered a permanent position following the exchange and returned to New Zealand in 2003.  I was Associate Head Master at Rosmini College, with a range of responsibilities, including strategic planning and teaching and learning.  I left in 2015 to take up the position of Principal at Kaipara College and have enjoyed my time working in this community.  In 2016, I completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at AUT and have been able to apply this knowledge in my leadership roles.

Personal Experience 

High quality education is critical if we are to produce well-rounded students who are skilled in a range of disciplines, socially responsible, and confident to contribute in complex and demanding work place environments.  I believe that this can be achieved through effective engagement of students through a varied and flexible curriculum, both within and beyond the classroom.
High expectations are the heart of my educational philosophy.  I challenge teachers and students to progress to the highest personal level possible, working alongside them to provide frameworks and positive attitudes that enable big ideas and dreams to become realistic goals with excellent rates of academic achievement a central part of this.  By recognising and celebrating success it is possible to develop a shared culture within, and beyond school.

Associate Principal
Don Hastie

Bachelor of Science from Auckland University


I began my teaching career at Northcote College where I spent four years, prior to working in the United Kingdom as a Systems Analyst.  After three years, in 1990, I returned to New Zealand and began teaching Mathematics at Rangitoto College.  Over the years I have had a variety of roles including eight years as the Head of Computing and seven years as a Dean.  In 2003 I joined Senior Management where I have had the opportunity to develop my leadership and gain experience across all areas of the College.

Personal Experience 

It is important for every student to understand how they learn and to develop a love of learning.  Teaching must be student-centred and future focused.  A safe, secure, and inclusive environment is a prerequisite for this.

Associate Principal
Tony Giles

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature


After three years as Deputy Principal at Sancta Maria College I am delighted to be joining the staff here at Rangitoto College where my responsibilities include Student Achievement and Well-being. Prior to moving to Auckland in 2013 I taught at a number of schools in Wellington, primarily St Patrick’s College Silverstream where I was Deputy Rector for ten years.

Personal Experience 

Being involved in the education of young people is wonderfully rewarding as we prepare students to be confident, successful and happy citizens. I take great pleasure from the many and varied achievements of our students.

Associate Principal
Fay Meiklejohn

Bachelor of Physical Education with Honours from Otago University
Diploma of Teaching from Dunedin College of Education
Currently enrolled in a Masters of Educational Leadership at AUT


I started my teaching career as a Physical Education teacher at Macleans College before moving to the North Shore and starting mathematics teaching at Rangitoto College in 1996.  At the College I have had numerous positions of responsibility, including mathematics curriculum leader, teacher in charge of student leaders and pastoral care dean.  In 2010 I was appointed as the Head of Mathematics at Rangitoto College where I was honoured to lead a motivated and dedicated team of teachers.  I was delighted in 2016 to be promoted to Deputy Principal.

Personal Experience 

I believe that teaching is about developing relationships and motivating students through inspiration and enjoyment.  Education is about more than just what is taught in the classroom, it is about ensuring students have the personal and professional skills required to be successful in the world.

Deputy Principal
Elizabeth McKnight

Master of Arts, Glasgow University
Post Graduate Certificate in Guidance and Counselling, Strathclyde University
Diploma in Teaching, Jordanhill College of Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership, Harvard University
Post Graduate Certificate in Korean Studies, Korea University


I have been a teacher for 34 years; 12 of these in Scotland and 22 of these in New Zealand. During my New Zealand experience I have taught in three schools. I was a Dean, Dean’s Coordinator, HOD, Careers Counsellor and Director of Curriculum in Edgewater College. In 2002 I was appointed the position of Deputy Principal in ACG Strathallan and in 2005 to the position of Deputy Principal in Rangitoto College.

Personal Experience 

I believe that everything we do in education  is aimed at creating an environment where our students can achieve their learning potential in a place that is exceptional, exciting and creative and meets their needs whatever they are; a place where they can grow to become 21st Century learners and global citizens; a place where they can seize opportunities, and where they are inspired, nurtured and supported through their every step of their development.

Deputy Principal
Julie Strang

Bachelor of Commerce
Diploma of Teaching


I have been at the College for 24 years. Over these years I have taught senior and junior Accounting, Business Studies and Economics. In the last few years I have mainly taught junior Economics.

I was a dean for eight years and then was promoted to Deputy Principal with a large responsibility for student welfare.

Personal Experience 

I really enjoy working with students. It is immensely rewarding to be able to help students overcome problems or adversity and to get their learning back on track. Following a Year group through allows you to see wonderful growth in student’s confidence and see them blossom into fine young men and women by the end of Year 13.

Deputy Principal
Joanne Yates

Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Zoology and Cell Biology, Auckland University


I started teaching Science and Biology in 1980. Over the years I have taught Science from Year 9 to Year 13 as well as all levels of Senior Biology. Latterly I have taught Year 11 extension Science classes and the Year 12 Internal Science Course that I have found very rewarding.

Personal Experience 

I love teaching because of the relationships you form with the students and the special position you have that allows you to see them learn and grow in confidence. I am passionate about teaching Science because it is innately interesting to everyone because it is about who we are, where we live, what effect we have on the world and what we can do with this knowledge.

Assistant Principal
Grahame Cope

Bachelor of Science with a Geography Major from University of Auckland
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
Post Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership (with Distinction) from University of Auckland


I started my teaching career at Rangitoto College in 2003.  Between 2005 and 2009, I was a Dean and worked across all year levels before becoming the HOD of Social Sciences in 2013.  2019 has seen me become one of the Assistant Principals, with my main responsibilities being around student achievement.

Personal Experience 

I have a really clear personal philosophy when it comes to education and this is what really drives me. It is to enjoy the challenge of leading others and inspiring the professional will and personal humility in staff, to ensure that the students we teach are successful as global citizens. On a more informal level, I enjoy playing golf, running marathons, a wide range of music and pretty much any sport, especially football, rugby and cricket. I have a young daughter called Harper and my partner is also a Teacher.

Senior Leadership Structure

Principal – Patrick Gale

Direct Reports:

  • Associate Principal: Infrastructure, Administration, Systems and Events
  • Associate Principal:  Student Achievement and Well Being
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Finance Manager
  • Director of International Students
  • Property Manager (Strategic)
  • Director of Sport (Strategic)

Strategic Leadership:

  • Chief Executive to the Board of Trustees
  • School performance - Vision, Goals and K.P.I.s
  • Human resources including recruitment, appraisal, and recognition
  • Financial strategy and performance
  • Property and assets development
  • Health & Safety*
  • P.R. and marketing – local and international
  • Administration and Data (strategic)


  • Government Stakeholder relationships (M.O.E., E.R.O., N.Z.Q.A., Education New Zealand)
  • Provider schools and tertiary relationships
  • A.U.T Millennium Institute
  • Harbour Sport

Associate Principal - Don Hastie - Infrastructure, Administration, Systems and Events

Direct Reports:

  • Deputy Principals:
    • Assessment systems and other activities
    • School organisation
  • Property Manager – A.M.P. & B.I.P.
  • I.T. Manager
  • Director of Sport (Day to Day performance)


  • School systems and organisation
  • Activities outside the classroom
  • BYOD implementation
  • Property – implementation of 5 year maintenance plan   
  • Building Improvement Plan  
  • ICT development plan including SMS    
  • Health & Safety   

(M.O.E. Project Manager)
(M.O.E. Project Manager)
(I.T. Manager)
(A.P.; Property Manager and H&S Committee)*

Associate Principal – Tony Giles - Student Achievement and Well Being

Direct Reports:

  • Deputy Principals:
    • Curriculum Department Line Manger
    • Year Level: Student progress and well being
  • Curriculum and Staff Development


  • Academic progress and achievement
  • Communication and reporting to parents
  • Student well-being and pastoral care
  • Teaching staff performance appraisal
  • Teaching staff professional development
  • GATE


Associate Principal – Ros Robertson - Curriculum

Direct Reports:

  • Assistant Principal​
    • Priority Learners and Scholarship
  • Curriculum Department line manager (Performing Arts, Science, Technology)


  • Student Achievement
  • Kahui Ako (Rangitoto College)
  • Teaching Staff Professional Development
    • including Teaching as Inquiry
  • Appraisal
  • Curriculum Development (excluding I,B, & BYOD)
    • including HOD Leadership
  • Bicultural Leadership
    • Maori and Pasifika Committee
  • Values Development
    • JCR Values Team
  • Performing Arts Co-curricular



Deputy Principals

Each Deputy Principal would take on responsibility for the leadership / line management in each of the following areas.

Curriculum Department Line Manager

Learning Support
Social Science
Health and Physical Education
Performing Arts
Visual Art

Jo Yates
Jo Yates
Jo Yates
Jo Yates
Elizabeth McKnight
Elizabeth McKnight
Fay Meiklejohn 
Fay Meiklejohn  
Ros Robertson 
Ros Robertson
Ros Robertson
Tony Giles
Don Hastie
Don Hastie/Fay Meiklejohn
Fay Meiklejohn
Julie Strang
Julie Strang
Julie Strang

Year Level Student progress and well being

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13
Jo Yates
Julie Strang
Ros Robertson
Elizabeth McKnight
Fay Meiklejohn
Fay Meiklejohn

Overall responsibility at the year level for the standards of:

  • Attendance
  • Behaviour (including suspensions and stand downs)
  • Student support, guidance and mentoring
  • Assemblies, Special Assemblies and End of Term Special Award Assemblies
  • Tutor Teacher appraisal


Each of the Deputy Principals would be responsible for one of the following Administrative / Systems areas. 

Community Relations:  Julie Strang

  • Enrolments
  • Contributing schools liaison
  • Prospectus  
  • Website    
  • Publications  
  • RangiNet*
  • Signage
  • Reports*
  • Parent Report Evenings*
  • Open Days/Evenings
  • Information Evenings
  • Publicity and Media Liaison
  • STAR Funding
  • Uniform 


(External company)
(External company)
(Vista Editor, Panorama Editor)


(Media Liaison Officer)
(H.O.D. Careers)

Assessment systems and other activities: Elizabeth McKnight

  • NZQA Liaison  
  • NCEA Assessment and Review
  • NZQA Examinations
  • Exam Results Analysis
  • I.B. Examinations
  • Day Relief 
  • Added Value Assessment 
  • School Examination Timetables    
  • Achievement Handbook for Staff
  • Markbook*
  • Academic Prize Giving procedures and ceremonies*
  • Globalisation – trips, exchanges, partnerships

(Principal's Nominee)

(Data Analyst)
(I.B. Administrator)

(Data Analyst)


School Organisation:  Jo Yates

  • Attendance systems
  • Timetable                                          
  • Course choice and consultation process
  • Student Induction
  • Duty Rosters and performance
  • EOTC/Trips/Calendar Administrator        
  • Staff Meetings, Staff Communication and daily notices
  • Policy systems
  • Staff & Administration Handbook
  • M.O.E. Returns                                                        
  • Databases for staffing, staffing allocation, MU’s, MMA’s
  • Student Subject Handbooks                                  
  • Returning Officer for BOT Student Representative Elections
  • Photos





(Data Analyst)



Curriculum and Staff Development: Fay Meiklejohn

  • I.B* ( I.B. Administrator)
  • International Department
  • RangiNet*
  • Markbook*
  • Reports
  • Staff Wellness*
  • Peer Support
  • Alumni Association
  • Student Leadership
  • Globalisation - exchanges
  • Major school sporting events (Director of Sport)
  • Other co-curricular activities, including Service
  • Internal sporting competitions (Director of Sport)
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship (excluding student fundraising)
  • Cultural activities and evenings
    • Student Social events including balls and socials **
    • Student fundraising
    • Cultural diversity events
    • International student integration and events (Director of International)






Assistant Principal: Grahame Cope

  • Scholarship Curriculum
  • Priority Learners


Shared Tasks  *

  • I.B. - Don Hastie, Fay Meiklejohn
  • RangiNet - Fay Meiklejohn, Julie Strang, Jo Yates
  • Reports - Fay Meiklejohn, Julie Strang
  • Parent Report Evenings - Fay Meiklejohn, Julie Strang
  • Academic Prizegivings - Elizabeth McKnight, Jo Yates
  • Markbook - Elizabeth McKnight, Fay Meiklejohn, Jo Yates
  • Student Social Events - Ros Robertson, DP in charge of Year Level

Senior Non Teaching Staff

Property Manager
Director of International Students
IT Services Manager
Director of Human Resources

Maree Noel
Dave Smith
Lynda Sullivan
Marlon Yu
Pam Watson