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He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. Our school is all about its' people. We look for passionate and talented people to work with our outstanding academic and operations staff. Hear from some of our current staff about working at St Peter’s.

St Peter’s, Cambridge is one of New Zealand's leading Independent schools. We are a co-educational, day and boarding school for Years 7 to 13 students. St Peter’s is future-focused and globally-minded with an Anglican heritage.

St Peter’s offers an outstanding professional environment with a strong school culture and a holistic approach to education. We are a friendly, caring community that nurtures the whole person — body, mind and spirit. We value mutual respect, sharing ideas, collaboration, creativity, and innovation, blending educational methods that have stood the test of time with cutting-edge technology. The school has world-class facilities in a 100-acre rural campus that is beautifully landscaped and simply a pleasure to work in. By striving for excellence in everything that makes our school, we set the example for our students to follow.  Hear first hand from our students and staff about their learning journey at St Peter’s.

St Peter’s staff enjoy a hot daily lunch in the school dining hall, 4% Kiwisaver employee contribution, as well as access to the school's numerous facilities, including swimming pools, gym, golf driving range and more.

Teacher Profile

Oliver Alini - Head of Faculty - Science

 

Albert Einstein once said “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”   

 

Some years later our new Head of Science, Oliver Alini echoes those sentiments here at St Peter’s he has been excited about what opportunities students have when they enter the St Peter’s science faculty.  “Having a dedicated Prep School science programme, utilising fully equipped science laboratories is very rare” he observes. 

    

Science at St Peter’s is supported through 17 highly skilled and passionate teachers working in 10 modern and fully equipped laboratories as well as having access to exceptional spaces that support the Agriculture and Horticulture programme in a way no other school can.    Although Oliver’s specialty is Physics and he currently teaches IB 1 & 2 Physics, NCEA Year 13 and Y11 Advanced Physics, he is a firm believer that Science is uniquely placed to help students to develop the critical and creative thinking skills that will assist them navigate the challenges of life after school.  

 

His start wasn’t terribly straightforward, as less than one term into his role at St Peter’s, the country went into Lockdown and he was confronted with teaching and leading the faculty in the online environment while still coming to terms with the IB and NCEA curriculum.  However, he was impressed with the high quality of teaching and learning that occurred during that period and was exceptionally pleased with the high level of collaboration that occurred amongst the Science team.   “We found new ways to teach and to track our students so that their level of learning wasn’t disadvantaged by the fact we were not in the classroom.”

Teacher Profile 

Portia Auton - PE & Health

 

Currently Assistant Head of PE & Health at St Peter’s, Portia Auton is soon to take up the role of the Swears Junior Dean in 2022.  Portia brings her authentic passion for leadership in Health and Wellbeing to St Peter’s, having worked in PE and Health education since 2014.

Portia and her family emigrated to New Zealand in 2004, settling in Northland whilst she was still a teenager.  After gaining qualifications double majoring in sport, leisure, and geography, and later gaining her Post Grad Dip in Secondary Education at Waikato and Auckland Universities, Portia taught PE & Health at Whangarei Girls’ High School for four years before turning her attention to St Peter’s Cambridge as an attractive progression to her chosen career path.   “St Peter’s has a strong reputation for high student expectations, alongside the school's focus on wellbeing, aligns with my subject goals. The resources and facilities available for students here create unlimited opportunities for growth at St Peter’s”   

In 2020 Portia took on the new St Peter’s Girls Cricket team under her guidance at the students’ request. The squad has since grown into two full teams and is known for its relaxed, supportive environment.   “I love that part of the St Peter’s philosophy is to extend the knowledge and thinking of students who are engaged in learning. St Peter’s offers a wide range of learning opportunities that work collaboratively across multiple facets of the school to meet student needs.”

Teacher Profile 

Shaun van Wezel - Product Design - Metal 

 

Specialising in Product Design, Metal Teacher Shaun van Wezel is an inspiration to St Peter’s students across years 7 through 13.   Shaun’s involvement with St Peter’s is multifaceted. He works across a range of projects with students in his titled role, as well as taking a part in the Inquiry Coaching Lead Team, representing the Technology Faculty as Health and Safety Officer and Fire Warden, and also coaching the 2nd XV Rugby team.

“My interest in mechanical workings drove me to learn about the technical bits and pieces in cars. It’s these experiences that helped me to hone my craft, and ultimately shaped my passion for teaching metal and product design today. I still enjoy working on classic cars in my spare time”.

As an Anglican affiliated school, the spiritual development opportunities offered to the St Peter’s community through the school chapel service, alongside bible reading and sharing were significant drawcards for Shaun and his family.   “St Peter’s has so much to offer students, staff, and the community with excellent facilities and endless opportunities. As an employee, the school makes it possible to invest in your teaching career with professional learning sessions and opportunities to engage with external courses and resources”.

 

 

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