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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Master of Educational Administration and Leadership (Distinction), Massey University
Bachelor of Arts, Massey University
Having raised a family and worked in a variety of administrative roles outside of education, I joined a thriving English department at Rangitoto College in 2006. I enjoyed taking on responsibilities in curriculum leadership, as a Dean and a position on the Professional Development Lead Group. In 2013 I was appointed Deputy Principal at Rodney College, mainly involved in student management and achievement. In 2016 I am excited to return to Rangitoto College as Deputy Principal with responsibility for Year 10 students and overall Student Experience.
As well as what happens in the classroom, students need to be involved, contribute and have a sense of belonging in order to be open to learning and challenge, and to reach their full potential. Participating in students’ learning and development is extremely rewarding and I take great pleasure in seeing them move forward and find success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
Associate Principal – Tony Giles - Student Achievement and Well Being
- Deputy Principals:
- Curriculum Department Line Manger
- Year Level: Student progress and well being
- Curriculum and Staff Development
Associate Principal – Ros Robertson - Curriculum
Each Deputy Principal would take on responsibility for the leadership / line management in each of the following areas.
Curriculum Department Line Manager
Health and Physical Education
Year Level Student progress and well being
Overall responsibility at the year level for the standards of:
- 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
(Media Liaison Officer)
Assessment systems and other activities: Elizabeth McKnight
School Organisation: Jo Yates
Curriculum and Staff Development: Fay Meiklejohn
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
Director of International Students
IT Services Manager
Director of Human Resources