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 Scot’s College. He has also coached rugby and cricket at both primary and secondary level.
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.
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.
Jed 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.
Jed is passionate about making boarding a great experience for all students. He believes that the experience young men and woman gain through their time in a boarding environment plays a big part in shaping their character. As such, an environment where students feel safe, where their wellbeing is seen as important and they are learning to be resilient, is vital. He is an experienced boarding leader, having been a House Director and a Director of Boarding in previous roles. Jed is an experienced teacher of mathematics. He is also a keen sportsman and sports coach, having had coaching involvement with rugby at all levels from junior rugby to international rugby.
Brenton is a long-serving St Peter’s staff member who remains passionate and excited about serving the needs of all students at St Peter’s.
He has transitioned from his role as Director of Boarding to take on the Lead Dean role in Chandler House. Brenton remains on our Senior Leadership team and looks forward to providing effective co-ordination between the Deans and the Senior Leadership Team.
Brenton has an extensive background in pastoral systems, having previously worked as a School Counsellor and Dean. Currently, his focus is on supporting the new pastoral care framework through his involvement on the Wellbeing Lead Team and Coaching Lead Team. Brenton loves his sports and has previously enjoyed his involvement as both coach and manager in 1st XI cricket, boys football, and rugby. Brenton remains an avid supporter of our school sports teams.
Mark’s broad commercial experience working in large entities both locally and globally brings valuable experience to the Senior Leadership Team and Trust Board.
Mark is responsible for general management of the school’s support services - leading Finance, IT, Facilities Management, Admin, Catering, Admissions, and the Marketing Committee. Mark’s focus is on delivering high quality support services that enrich both the school and its relationships with the wider community.
Mark’s broad personal interests benefit his role and connection with students. He can often be found at school farm open days, the cricket pavilion or road cycling with students.
Educated through Victoria University in Wellington. Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCA) majoring in Accounting and Commercial law.