Dale has an extensive history of success in education including previous roles as Principal, Deputy Principal, and Head of Faculty at notable New Zealand secondary schools. Prior to leading St Peter’s, Dale oversaw major growth and transformation at a large Auckland school during his 10 year tenure as Principal, driving a drastic increase in the school roll, soaring academic and sporting results, and a nationally recognised arts programmes; for this work he was awarded the prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship.
Dale brings a wide range of first-hand educational experience to St Peter’s, including working in co-educational schools, coaching 1st XI Football, and tutoring in boarding houses. He has been involved in educational organisations including the Auckland Heads Association and the Auckland University School of Education advisory group. Dale has a BA in Classics and History and is passionate about these subjects; he was formerly chair of the NZ History Teachers’ Association, and was a National Professional Development Facilitator for NCEA History.
Dale has a strong vision for St Peter’s as a world-class school with an outstanding school culture, meeting the needs of today’s students by being flexible and prepared to embrace change, while staying true to our founding ethos of holistic education. Dale enjoys motivating students to achieve success by making the most of the vast array of opportunities on offer at St Peter’s. Dale, his wife Yevette, and daughter Zoe, are all excited to be part of the St Peter’s community, and enjoy the fantastic environment which our school campus, Cambridge, and the Waipa district have to offer.
Julie has a strong record of educational leadership, with strengths in teaching and learning and building leadership capability. She has held leadership positions at a number of Waikato and Auckland secondary schools.
Julie is an advocate of learner centred programmes and is experienced in designing and implementing data-based initiatives to improve student learning outcomes.
Julie’s passion is to support and encourage teaching staff and students to achieve their absolute best in their time at St Peter’s.
Kurt has an extensive background in education, coaching and leadership in both in New Zealand and overseas. Previously he was acting headmaster at Medbury School in Christchurch. Prior to this, he worked in a range of international schools in Hong Kong, China, and the United Kingdom. In all of these roles he has held different leadership positions.
Kurt has a passion for unlocking the potential of all students. This can be done through differentiated learning in the classroom. With Kurt’s extensive independent and international school experience, he is able to combine the best parts of their curriculum structures to help meet the needs of our students. He has started working on his Masters in Education through Monash University in Australia, to complement the leadership positions he has held. Kurt has also been the director of PE and EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) at Scott’s College. He has also coached rugby and cricket at both primary and secondary level.
Brenton oversees our eight boarding houses. His role involves ensuring consistency of standards across boarding houses; collecting feedback on what is happening in boarding; representing boarding on the senior leadership team; liaising between students, staff and parents; managing serious disciplinary processes; promoting boarding; interviewing prospective students.
Brenton is passionate about making boarding a great experience for students. He is experienced boarding leader, having been house director for Broadhurst House (Year 12–13 boys) for 14 years. Brenton has practiced as a school counsellor and brings that experience to his current role as Boarding Director. Brenton is also a keen sportsman, having had coaching involvement with 1st XI cricket, and also in rugby and football.
Greg has a background of leadership experience in teaching and learning and has worked extensively in pastoral care. He has taught in New Zealand state and independent schools as well as in the UK.
Greg is passionate about the importance of co-curricular involvement in the development of our students and has a strong commitment to sports coaching. He has coached and played hockey and cricket to representative levels both in New Zealand and in the UK.
Greg’s teaching background covers commerce and mathematics. He has taught these subjects for NCEA, the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International qualifications.
Greg is completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (University of Auckland).
Jess has a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, coaching, and sports management. She is passionate about encouraging everyone at St Peter’s to be the best they can be, and implementing strategies to achieve this. She is a strong advocate for embracing wellness in our school community.
Jess is a former representative track athlete and national medallist. She has also managed New Zealand junior cross-country and athletics teams at Oceania, Commonwealth and World Championships. She continues her love of sport by coaching our Athletics and Cross-Country team and teaching our General Sports Academy.
Jess’ role as an assistant principal encompasses day to day staffing operations, pastoral care programmes, and planning our school calendar.
Nick has extensive experience across a wide cross-section of school life, including managing boarding houses and faculties, teaching, and coaching. Prior to becoming Acting Assistant Principal, Nick led the development of outstanding educational programmes as Head of Faculty St Peter’s PE & Health for 10 years, he was director of Oliphant House (boys’ boarding) for 5 years, and has previous management experience at other leading New Zealand boys’ schools.
Nick is passionate about building excellence in all areas of the St Peter’s experience. Nick enjoys seeing students find their place and thrive at St Peter’s, feeling happy, safe, and nurtured every day. He is particularly enthusiastic about sport, being a former NZ National League basketball player and a keen triathlete, competing regularly in half-ironman events. Nick keeps his passion for sport alive by coaching our very successful Senior Boys’ Basketball team, and teaching Senior NCEA and Scholarship PE.
In his role as Acting Assistant Principal, Nick oversees Education Outside the Classroom, Pastoral Care, and is heavily involved in student management, student leadership, and school-wide education programmes.
Marc is responsible for our support services including facilities, finance, information technology, catering, and our demonstration dairy farm, Owl farm. As a senior leader and Secretary to the Trust Board Marc works on many of our longer term strategic projects and community partnerships, such as the Avantidrome and the golf and swimming programmes.
Marc has been an active cyclist and now enjoys trail running. He also dabbles and supports students in adventure racing and multisport.
Marc is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Management Studies from the University of Waikato. With past experience in audit and the electricity industry, Marc has worked in education for over 16 years.
It is great with great pleasure that St Peter’s School welcomes Reverend Michael Bennett on board as the new school chaplain.
Michael comes to us from Sydney where he worked at Newington College and St Andrew’s Cathedral School. He aims to engage with the entire community and ensure the chapel is a welcoming place. He will work with staff to develop a service learning programme, which would teach students ways of enhancing lives of the poor and less fortunate people in New Zealand and the world.
Nic’s role is to lead and oversee sports programmes and staff, including the six Performance Sports Academies and the four Junior Sports Academies. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role.
Nic’s sporting background includes playing football to a high level in the UK. He has also managed sports programmes at a number of prestigious Auckland schools, and was involved with Auckland Hockey’s high performance programme for a number of years. His passion is to help students to succeed at their chosen sport.
Victoria oversees both the curricular and extracurricular Performing Arts programmes at St Peter’s. She works to ensure that comprehensive academic programmes are provided for students across Music, Dance and Drama, and that a wide range of extracurricular activities are available for students to grow and practise their craft. In her 12 years at St Peter’s, Victoria has introduced the academic dance programme, senior drama programme, and was part of the establishment of the International Baccalaureate arts programme.
A Suzuki violinist from age seven, Victoria has an extensive background as a performer on the national stage as a violinist and fiddle player with the likes of Dame Malvina Major and the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. Victoria’s passion is musical theatre, and she is often found with baton in hand as musical director with Hamilton Operatic Society, working with Richard O’Brien and other New Zealand theatre professionals. Recently, Victoria has also been a teaching fellow for the University of Waikato in their Teacher Education Programme, and at Wintec as a performance coach.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music), a Bachelor of Education, and a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from Waikato University.
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