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Meet Our Staff

At Wellesley, we’re proud of our inclusive culture and of our passionate, hardworking and dedicated staff members.

Below is some information on each staff member. They were asked to answer the following questions: What is your whakapapa? What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley? What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Senior Leadership

Brendan Pitman

Principal

Brendan Pitman

Principal
Email: brendan@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 802

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What is your whakapapa?

I am Australian. I grew up in a surfing town on the East Coast. My family originates from this area and I grew up as a surfing child.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I am most passionate about our ākonga, students, and our staff. The boys’ development and supporting our staff is paramount.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Education in all its guises.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

What I like the most is working with our passionate staff members each day. We also have a wonderful, caring and engaged community and of course our boys!

Steve Girvan

Deputy Principal (Pastoral)

Steve Girvan

Deputy Principal (Pastoral)
Email: steve@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 805

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Leadership Team and am the Deputy Principal in charge of Pastoral Care at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am a born and bred Cantabrian!

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I am most passionate about our boys and our hard-working, dedicated staff members, and ensuring that each one of them feels connected to the school. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Outside of school, my passions are my family, following the many successes of the Crusaders , and gardening. I am also very involved with my local cricket club.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The culture, our staff and our boys: Seeing the boys flourish in this wonderfully nurturing environment is very special. We sent our son to Wellesley so that he could experience the wonderful opportunities on offer.

Veronica Stevens

Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning)

Veronica Stevens

Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning)
Email: veronica@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 808

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Leadership Team, and I am the Deputy Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am a very proud New Zealander, I am also Ngati European. It is this rich tapestry of European heritage that has shaped me as the person I am.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Making a positive difference to the life of every boy who walks through our gate. I come to Wellesley each day, with a passion to seek out that magical moment, when we know that we have made a difference.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I am incredibly blessed with a wonderful family, my husband and two children. With them, I share a zest for life, enjoying everything we can about living in this beautiful country.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The honour of working in such a stunning environment, with such passionate staff and students. Enabling all of us to discover our best as we learn together.

Wellesley is unique, and we know of no other school where our son could thrive and grow as he does here. The smile on his face as he heads off to school each day, says it all!

Robert Cross

Business Manager

Robert Cross

Business Manager
Email: robert@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 823

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Leadership Team and responsible for Finance at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

Of English and Scottish origin – but really 6th generation Kiwi!

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Making sure there are appropriate systems and financial disciplines in place to ensure we can deliver now and in the future the promises we make to the students at Wellesley.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love to travel, especially to places where I can experience different cultures and different histories.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Having spent all my working life in the professional accounting environment, I find Wellesley to be a supportive and caring environment where individual contributions are truly appreciated.

My two sons both attended Wellesley from Year 1 to Year 8. The overwhelming sentiment I was left with after they had left Wellesley was that they had been instilled with wonderful values and were well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

Gavin Hughes

Year 4 Teacher; Junior Syndicate Leader

Gavin Hughes

Teacher- Year 4 , Junior Syndicate Leader
Email: gavin@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 842

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Junior Syndicate as well as the Senior Leadership Team at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

Ko Taranaki tōku maunga. Ko Waiwakaiho tōku awa. Ko Mathieson tōku iwi. Nō Scotland ahau. Ko Gavin taku ingoa.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I really enjoy focusing on creating a great relationship with each boy. I also ensure the boys receive a holistic education. This not only includes necessary literacy and numeracy skills, but areas such as mental health and well-being. I want to ensure their time at Wellesley is fun and something they remember fondly for the rest of their lives.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My family comes first for me and I love spending time with them. I am incredibly passionate about mountain biking and love to get out riding whenever possible.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The caring relationships that exist between the boys, staff, parents and whānau. I think the boys here are incredibly lucky to have specialist teachers. The learning that goes on in these areas is outstanding. I also feel that we are so fortunate to have a school situated in such an beautiful setting. Having both the bush and the sea nearby provides so many unique learning opportunities for our ākonga.

Libby Bloomfield

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy

Libby Bloomfield

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy

Email: chaplain@wellesley.school.nz

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team and look after Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy.


What is your whakapapa?

I was born in Auckland. Family holidays are shared between Waiheke and Nelson Lakes. I am married with three children.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I am passionate about providing pastoral care and support for both students and staff as well as helping them build wellbeing and resilience. I am passionate about supporting the caring, inclusive culture and Anglican ethos that are so important here at Wellesley.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My family, walks in the bush, yoga, travel, reading.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The location. The caring, inclusive culture. The boys’ energy and enthusiasm

Chévon O'Leary

Year 6 Teacher; Middle Syndicate Leader and Head of RE

Chévon O’Leary

Teacher- Year 6, Middle Syndicate Leader and Head of RE
Email: chevon@wellesley.school.nz

Extension: 822

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am the Leader of the Middle Syndicate and part of the Senior Leadership Team at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am originally from Cape Town. I did my OE in London and lived there for four years, where I met my husband and moved to New Zealand.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Teaching the boys, helping and watching them develop into wonderful young men. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My family, and doing things with them in the beautiful outdoors environment.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The staff, the students and the community. Being a part of the students’ and their families’ lives.  

I have two sons at Wellesley.  We felt that the school caters well for boys, providing a wonderful environment that brings the best out of every boy.

Andrew Tait

Year 7/8 Teacher; Senior Syndicate Leader

Andrew Tait

Teacher- Year 7/8, Senior Syndicate Leader

Email: andrew@wellesley.school.nz

Extension: 816

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am Leader of the Senior Syndicate (Y7 & 8), and part of the Senior Leadership Team at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I was born in Invercargill, raised in Christchurch, and educated overseas!

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Sharing a classic piece of literature with boys and challenging them to think for themselves: e.g. Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Genesis, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Raising a busy family, reading (Unity Books is my favourite shop in Wellington), off-road hill running (entering events which allow exploration of lesser known parts of NZ!) and making homemade pizzas while watching ‘The Sopranos’ reruns.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Working with excellent people to help outstanding boys who are about to make the transition to college. 

Karen Reid

Principal's EA and Enrolments Registrar

Karen Reid

Principal’s EA and Enrolments Registrar

Email: karen@wellesley.school.nz

Extension: 802

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Administration and Senior Leadership Teams at Wellesley.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Supporting our dedicated staff and families wherever I can.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

No two days are ever the same and the special moments our boys bring – there is no other workplace like our school.

Teaching, Administration and Support

Lisa Allen

Year 4 Teacher

Lisa Allen

Teacher- Year 4 
Email: lisa@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 841

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Junior Syndicate.

What is your whakapapa?

Wellington.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Teaching and learning! I love to teach in a creative way and try to come up with new ways to make it fun and enjoyable. I get a real buzz and sense of pride when a child has a “light bulb moment” or makes a leap in their learning. I am passionate about learning differences and like to work on strategies with the children that they can use when the going gets tough. Every child is different and behind every behaviour is a communication. Building relationships is key.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I am a family girl. I love to hang out with my husband and two children and am close to my Mum and Dad who also live in Eastbourne. Basketball is a common passion.
I love to read, garden, have coffee with friends and go to the movies. With a larger budget travel would certainly be one of my passions.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I have felt nothing but absolute support and friendliness. Wellesley has a great sense of fun and a family feel about it. I love working among people who are passionate about their work and take pride in what they do. The boys are always the forefront of why things are done. This is important to me.

Michelle Colley

Year 2 Teacher

Michelle Colley

Teacher- Year 2
Email: michellec@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 847

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Junior Syndicate.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Providing boys with fun and engaging activities.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Spending time with my son and hanging out at our caravan at the beach.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The wonderful environment, being situated between the bush and the sea. Being able to inspire the boys. I’m very fortunate to also have my son at Wellesley.

Giorgina Cooper

Year 3 Teacher

Giorgina Cooper

Teacher – Year 3
Email: gina@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 848

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Junior Syndicate at Wellesley.

What is your whakapapa?

My family background is Celtic. My grandparents are from Ireland and England. I was born and raised in Wellington.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I am very curious about the world and love learning new things and I would like to develop this in the boys I teach at Wellesley. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I like to attend musical events. I hope to join a choir once I am more settled into Wellington. Travel is a big passion of mine so I like to take trips to visit new places and also places I have visited to catch up with friends.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Wellesley has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The staff are very supportive and the facilities are wonderful.

Natasha Corrales

Year 0/1 Teacher

Natasha Corrales

Teacher- Year 0/1 
Email: natasha@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 846

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Junior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am New Zealand born and married to Luis who is from Costa Rica. All of my family come from the Wellington region. We speak English and Spanish at home.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Teaching the boys and learning about their interest and how they best learn. Seeing the progress the boys make over the year is incredibly rewarding. Making my classroom programme fun, educational and interesting.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Spending time with my family and with friends. I enjoy reading and baking. I also enjoy swimming and walking my dog.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The beautiful environment that we get to work in, being by the sea and the bush. Having these two places to explore is wonderful. I really enjoy teaching the Year 0/1 boys; they are energetic and keep me on my toes. I love that the boys get amazing opportunities to have specialist teachers in the Arts, STEM and PE.

My son, Gio, currently attends Wellesley. My husband and I decided to send him here because of the fantastic opportunities the boys have. I like that the classes are single cell and that the teachers really care and have the boys’ interest at heart. It’s a beautiful environment for Gio to learn and play.

Angelique Poczwa

Year 6 Teacher

Angelique Poczwa

Teacher- Year 6 
Email: angelique@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 829

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Middle Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am of Polish and Irish descent.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

When I am at Wellesley, I am passionate about seeing the boys grow into well-rounded learners, following our strong school values.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Music, travel and art!

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The fantastic location. It’s a beautiful drive around the bays in the morning. We’re very lucky to have such a wonderful space.

Bryn Rees

Year 5 Teacher

Bryn Rees

Teacher- Year 5
Email: bryn@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 849

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Middle Syndcate, Year 5 & 6.


What is your whakapapa?

Tena koutou katoa. Ko Ruahine tāku maunga. Ko Takapau tāku iwi. Ko Tukituki tāku awa. Kei to kura o Wellesley au e mahi ana. Ko Raymond Rees tāku koro. Ko Edna Davis tāku kuia. Ko Bryn Rees tāku ingoa. Kia ora koutou.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Helping the boys grow academically, socially, emotionally and physically. To act as a mentor and a facilitator. I also love learning from the children and their families, and from fellow staff.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My family, including my large extended family and friends. I love to travel, breed thoroughbred horses (champions) and participate in, coach, and watch sport.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The people, especially the boys, the resources and the environment. It’s like no other.

Liza Fitzsimmons

Year 5 Teacher

Liza Fitzsimmons

Teacher- Year 5 
Email: liza@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 840

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Middle School Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am NZ Pakeha.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I love the setting, environment and atmosphere that encompasses Wellesley as you come through the school gates. The special relationships that I have with my students make me want to come to work every day.
As far as teaching and learning are concerned, I enjoy teaching Mathematics and Science. I love putting together interesting and inspiring displays which seem to encourage the boys to produce their best work.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My passions outside of Wellesley and teaching are definitely the mountain and skiing; in particular Mt Ruapehu, my ‘magic mountain’.
I am also a passionate artist. My inspiration is people and their relationship with each other and all aspects of water. I am fascinated in the movement, colours, tones and forms of any water scene.
My garden at home is my therapy and pleasure during the weekends.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Definitely the wonderful support and encouragement offered by fellow staff members. And of course, the boys; both for their enthusiasm for learning, as well as their inquiring minds in discovery about life.
Of course the setting is stunning but the real essence of Wellesley is based in the school values and is embedded into everything we do. These values really resonate with me. Respect and empathy, perseverance and risk taking are what I believe in and have followed throughout my life.

Anand Ranchod

Year 8 Teacher

Anand Ranchod

Teacher- Year 8
Email: anand@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 820

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I was born and raised as an Indian Kiwi.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Working with the lads helping them to take risks in their learning and push their boundaries. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My family and being active! 

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

As on old boy, I love being able to give back to a school that gave me so much.

Daniel Edmonds

Year 7 Teacher

Daniel Edmonds

Teacher- Year 7
Email: daniel@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 821

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

Coming from English and Pakeha parents, I was raised in Wellington. From there, I moved to the South Island to pursue a teaching career fresh out of high school. I have taught in South Canterbury, followed by a teaching stint in the United Kingdom. Now, I am based in Newlands where I live with my wife and dog.  

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

My passion is teaching and learning, particularly mathematics and literacy. Outside of the classroom, I support Wellesley in music and on the sports field.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

 I am most known for my passions in music and running. I play several instruments and have played in a variety of bands throughout my life. I also play rugby and enjoy free-diving.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The atmosphere, teaching and learning alongside a group of young men who are keen to achieve and discover their best. You also can’t beat Days Bay on a good day!

Gretchen Elliott

Year 7 Teacher

Gretchen Elliott

Teacher- Year 7
Email: gretchen@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 837

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I grew up on a high country farm in the Danseys Pass. I went to boarding school and then onto University in Dunedin. After studying I moved overseas before moving to Wellington. I am married with two boys. I have a passion for sport which I still play at a competitive level. As a family we love to travel, ski and play sport together.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Building relationships with boys and parents. Providing boys with experiences which are relevant and hands-on. Using our beautiful environment to enhance their learning. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love taking the boys back to the farm in the holidays to experience another way of life. We spend lots of time around Wanaka and Nelson catching up with family. I play tennis and netball and love to exercise with the kids. 

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I love this beautiful environment, resources we have, and the friendships I have made with my colleagues.

Kent Hainsworth

Year 7 Teacher

Kent Hainsworth

Teacher- Year 7
Email: kent@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 850

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am born and raised in Eastbourne, an old boy at Wellesley 1977-81. I now live in Whitby. I spent some time in Australia growing up, and also lived in London in my thirties. My wife Libby is a teacher, and I have twin daughters Grace and Amelia. My mum worked as a teacher at Wellesley in the 70s and 80s.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I have been teaching since 1994, with some breaks to work as a writer for television, for postgrad study and to travel. My particular passions are creative writing, music and cricket.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I play in an acoustic covers band, I try to keep my hand in with the script writing. I like to spend as much time with family as possible, especially up the Kapiti Coast at Waikawa where my wife’s family have a bach.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The boys, the staff, the chance to express your passions in your job (e.g. School Productions), the sporting opportunities, the environment, and the traditions which I feel very much part of.

Mark Meo

Year 8 Teacher

Mark Meo

Teacher- Year 8
Email: mark@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 813

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am a part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

My Whakapapa is tied in closely with the Eastbourne area, with significant spiritual wellbeing tied to the Parangarahau Lakes and East Harbour Regional Park areas.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

The opportunities available to the students and seeing them reach milestones of success, both individually and collectively.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Outside of school I am dedicated to sport all year round (particularly football and cricket) alongside burying my head in a good book, or exploring aspects of digital technology.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Wellesley is a fantastic place to work because of the supportive nature of all the staff. As a result the students are given many opportunities to discover themselves and learn in an environment that is built around them.

Murray Blandford

Year 7/8 Teacher

Murray Blandford

Teacher- Year 7/8
Email: murrayb@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 843

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Senior Syndicate at Wellesley. 


What is your whakapapa?

I am a born-and-bred Hutt Valley boy who grew up in Petone and Eastbourne.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Getting the best out of the boys in all aspects of school life, with particular interests in literature, writing and mathematics.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My wife and I have have three lovely grandchildren, and they both live within 600 metres of our house, so we spend a lot of time with them. I am also very involved with rugby, being a Life Member of the Petone Rugby Club, and I am currently President of the Wellington Rugby Union.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The environment, fellow staff, and the relationships we are able to develop with both boys and parents.

Carolyn Currington

Specialist Performing Arts Teacher

Carolyn Currington

Specialist Teacher- Performing Arts 

Email: carolyn@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 851

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am a Specialist Arts Teacher at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am a New Zealand European from Dunedin.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I love seeing the boys participate in every aspect that Wellesley has to offer. Seeing the pure joy on their faces when they’re following their passions is what I love most about Wellesley.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love all aspects of the performing arts. I direct an award-winning barbershop chorus of over 50 women and enjoy the challenges this brings. There’s nothing like knowing you’ve assisted someone to do something they never thought they were capable of.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I love the enthusiasm of the boys and the passion of the staff.

Glen Jorna

Head of the Arts; Specialist Visual Art Teacher

Glen Jorna

Head of the Arts; Specialist Teacher- Visual Art 

Email: glen@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 852

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Specialist Teaching Team, teaching Visual Arts at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

I am of Australian Dutch Heritage. 

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Creativity and getting the boys to express themselves through the Arts. 

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Creating my own abstract mixed media artworks.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I love the beautiful environment, the  supportive family atmosphere and teaching my passion.

Jeremy Field

Head of Sport and PE; Specialist Sport and PE Teacher

Jeremy Field

Head of Sport and PE; Specialist Teacher- Sport and PE
Email: jeremy@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 832

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am a Specialist Teacher in Sports at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?

Parents: Eion and Jenny
Siblings: Daniel, Chris and Jillian
Wife: Kristi
Sons: Keegan and Tighe


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Making boys play as much sport as possible.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Football!

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Working with boys who love sport and physical activity.

Jo Fox

Specialist STEM Teacher

Jo Fox

Specialist Teacher- STEM 

Email: jo@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 833

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?
I am the Specialist Teacher for STEM at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?
I was born and raised in Lower Hutt but have spent time living overseas.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?
Getting our boys engaged and excited about the world around them. Providing a range of unique opportunities and experiences that allows them to be curious, creative, persistent and also have fun. I’m really passionate about our stunning environment right on our doorstep and I want our students to care about the world around them and to  know that they can make a positive difference.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?
Making time for my family to do fun and interesting things together and creating new experiences. I love being immersed in and learning new things through travel, reading, going to the cinema and cooking food to share with family and friends.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?
Not only do I work with a really great group of dedicated teachers, but also our school environment is truly magical and unique. With the bush behind us, streams bordering our property, the beach on our doorstep and the most stunning view of Wellington Harbour, it’s a special place to come to work each day.

Clint Agar

Property Manager

Clint Agar

Property Manager 
Email: clint@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 806

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Support Staff team at Wellesley.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Maintaining a safe & healthy environment for our boys and staff

What do you like most about working atWellesley?

Being part of a supportive team.

Colleen de Boer

Accounts Administrator

Colleen de Boer

Accounts Administrator
Email: colleen@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 803

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?
I am part of the Finance team at Wellesley.

What is your whakapapa?
I am New Zealand European.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?
I love Being part of the Wellesley “Family.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?
Outside of school I am passionate about my grandchildren and my family.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?
The staff and our great boys.

Debe Howard

Administrator- Office Manager

Debe Howard

Administrator- Office Manager
Email: debe@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 800

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Support Staff

What is your whakapapa?

I am from Pukawa Bay.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Getting things done well!

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Family and friends.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The positive environment here at the school.

Jane Kent

Librarian

Jane Kent

Librarian
Email: Jane@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 807

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Support Staff

What is your whakapapa?

I am a proud first generation New Zealander with both my parents having migrated from England, one as a young child with his parents in the 1920’s and the other as a young adventurous woman in the 1940’s.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Enthusing boys with a [hopefully] lifelong love of reading and the wonder that is to be found in a great book.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

My garden, my cats, arts and crafts and of course, it goes without saying really – reading..

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The chance not only to work in the most beautiful environment every day but the chance to share my passion for literature with my work family, of boys and staff.

Kathryn Cole

IT Support

Kathryn Cole

IT Support
Email: kathryn@wellesley.school.nz

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Administrative Team at Wellesley

What is your whakapapa?

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa.  I am a recent Kiwi import.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I enjoy supporting staff and students to use technology in an innovative manner and promoting responsible digital citizenship.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I enjoy exploring New Zealand, spending time with my family and photography.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

There is a really great camaraderie among the staff and the community of boys.

Natasha Butler

Sports Coordinator

Natasha Butler

Sports Coordinator
Email: natashab@wellesley.school.nz

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am part of the Administrative Team at Wellesley, working alongside Jeremy Field, Head of Sport.

What is your whakapapa?

Myself, my husband (Glen Butler – Wellesley Old Boy), my two sons Luke (10) and Felix (8 )(both here at Wellesley), and our recent additions- kittens Emerald and Gabe.  We live locally in Eastbourne.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I enjoy helping the school to offer as many sporting opportunities as possible so that all the boys get to have a go and enjoy both the sports they enjoy but also some they have not tried before.  I am also enjoying getting to know each the boys individually during fixtures and sports events.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love spending time with my family, we all enjoy the outdoors including boating and camping and you will find us on every Christmas break in the South Island travelling around in our yellow caravan, Daisy.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I like the positive and motivated staff, the focus on each boy achieving their best as an individual, and our beautiful environment.  This allows the boys to learn outside the classroom and discover wonderful things such as rock pools, the river, and wharf jumping!.

Rachel Seymour

Catering Manager

Rachel Seymour

Catering Manager
Email: rachel@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 836

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What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Providing good healthy food choices to both Wellesley boys and staff.
Engaging with the boys, understanding their food preferences and challenging their likes and dislikes.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The school culture, the friendly working environment and the respect between staff and students.

Rosie Torbit

Foundation Development Officer

Rosie Torbit

Foundation Development Officer
Email: rosie@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 835

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?
I am the Foundation Officer, which is a part of the Administrative Team at Wellesley.


What is your Whakapapa?
I am a third generation Kiwi living in Petone with my husband Sean and two sons – James and Nick.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?
Seeing the boys’ development into empathetic, confident and hardworking young men is hugely rewarding here at Wellesley, and I particularly enjoy the engagement opportunities with their families to ensure ongoing close community relationships.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?
I love being involved with my kids’ sporting activities and also enjoy running and cycling.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?
It’s all about the people- the staff here are fantastic and we all share the same values and mission to see the boys succeed.

Sylvie Poupard-Gould

Marketing and Communications

Sylvie Poupard-Gould

Marketing and Communications

Email: marketing@wellesley.school.nz

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?
I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, which is a part of the Administrative Team at Wellesley.


What is your Whakapapa?
I have both French and Colombian heritage, and  have lived in New Zealand for around thirty years.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?
I love seeing how inspired Wellesley boys  are with their learning and their interactions, from the moment they walk through the gates. Boys are encouraged to take risks in learning and discover their passions.  I enjoy interacting with the boys and the teachers , and finding ways to tell the ‘Wellesley Story’.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?
I love being spending time with my family, and all the business that entails.  Weekends are for walking our dog up in the hills or relaxing with friends.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?
There is a lovely culture among the staff and this reflects on how the school interacts with boys and their families. School values are very important and filter into every interaction. I love that each member of staff strives towards excellence, whilst retaining humour and humility. It’s about seeing boys discover their best.

Teresa Davidson

Catering Assistant

Teresa Davidson

Catering Assistant
Email: teresa@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 811

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?
I am part of the Admin Team at Wellesley.


What is your whakapapa?
I am originally from the Philippines, and now a proud Kiwi.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?
I love being part of a team that provides our boys with wonderful and healthy food choices.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?
Spending time with my family.


What do you like most about working at Wellesley?
I love working in such a supportive environment.

Anne Familton

Teacher- Literacy Support

Anne Familton

Teacher- Literacy Support 

Email: annef@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 853

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Junior Syndicate and Learning Support.

What is your whakapapa?

I am a proud “Mainlander” (North Otago).

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Our boys LOVE to come to school every day, they value the friendships and opportunities.They are setting the foundations for a lifetime of learning.
We have an amazing culture here and I really value being part of this special place.


What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love spending time with my family and friends, walking in the bush, cooking, being part of a local book club, any type of travel and relaxing at my crib in Te Awanga.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The people, the environment and the culture. You can’t beat it! I had two sons attend Wellesley. Why did I send them here? I saw the opportunities and the “love of learning “ the boys had. I could not let my lads miss out!

Emma Flavel

Teacher Support

Emma Flavel

Teacher Support

Email: emma@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 844

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Learning Support Team.

What is your whakapapa?

I was born in New Zealand with Australian, English and Scottish descent.


What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Helping boys reach their learning potential through collaboration with teachers, families, and the boys’ own enthusiasm for learning.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Spending time with family and friends and seeing the children involved in lots of activities.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The family atmosphere, fantastic staff, and vibrant learning environment.

Janice Meo

Teacher Support

Janice Meo

Teacher Support, Itinerant Teacher Co-ordinator

Email: janice@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 845

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Learning Support Team

What is your whakapapa?

I was born in England and emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 14. I am proud to be a New Zealand citizen among my immediate family who are all New Zealanders. My wider family embraces both European and New Zealand heritages.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Wellesley is such a beautiful environment which the staff and boys embrace. I enjoy working with the boys and sharing their learning journey within this lovely setting. I feel privileged to be able to continue my learning, alongside the boys, making use of all the facilities this place has to offer.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love to walk. We live in a beautiful country and walking is a great way to experience our local environment. It is also a great excuse to travel and enjoy other parts of the country. Spending time with friends and family whilst walking is a perfect combination. Reading is another favourite thing to do which is one reason why I enjoy working to support boys with reading, so that they can experience the joy of a good book for themselves.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The best thing for me, in my work, is seeing boys achieve. They work so hard and being able to share their successes is extremely rewarding.

Judy Leggett

Teacher Support

Judy Leggett

Teacher Support

Email: judy@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 844

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Learning Support  Team.

What is your whakapapa?

I am a very proud Kiwi with Maori (Ngati Awa), Irish and American heritage. I hail from Absolutely Positively Wellington, more specifically Lower Hutt.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Giving students plenty of positive encouragement so that they believe in themselves and feel proud of their achievements.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

I love and am passionate about anything to do with the Arts, particularly Music. Having spent most of my teaching career as a Music Specialist, I know how beneficial the disciplines of Dance, Music, Drama and Visual Art are to everyone, young and old. I love singing in the Orpheus Choir especially when we sing with Orchestra Wellington and the NZSO – musical professionalism at it’s best.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

I love being able to help students improve their literacy and numeracy. I also enjoy offering students plenty of positive, creative encouragement so that they truly believe in themselves and feel proud of their achievements.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I find it rewarding when students ‘get it’ whether it be answering a simple Maths problem, having correct spelling or giving an awesome speech. I like to think a student who wants to keep learning, creating and discovering is a happy student!

Kristi Field

Teacher Support

Kristi Field

Teacher Support

Email: kristi@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 845

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

Learning Support Team.

What is your whakapapa?

I grew up in South Africa.

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

I enjoy teaching literacy.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Spending time with my two boys and exploring New Zealand.

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

Seeing the boys grow in confidence during their learning journey.

 

Mary-Anne Morgan

Head of Learning Support; Orchestra, Music Lessons

Mary-Anne Morgan

Head of Learning Support; Specialist Teacher- Orchestra, Music Lessons
Email: mary-anne@wellesley.school.nz
Extension: 817

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What Team / Syndicate are you a part of?

I am a Specialist Teacher for Learning Support and The Arts.

What is your whakapapa?

I am of Polish and Kiwi descent, married to James (Maori/Cook Islands). Two children, two moko. Waikato born, but Wellington is my Turangawaewae (my father was born in Days Bay).

What are you most passionate about when you are at Wellesley?

Being part of a team educating boys in our very special place between the bush and the sea. Working with parents, class teachers and music teachers to help provide each student with the opportunity to learn and be their best.

What are you most passionate about outside of school?

Family, reading, piano, and exploring the New Zealand wilderness. I love singing with the Orpheus Choir: A real highlight for me, especially, are the classical music and performances we do in collaboration with Orchestra Wellington and NZSO. 

What do you like most about working at Wellesley?

The passion boys and staff have for learning and the many opportunities available to the boys, the idyllic physical setting, the autonomy to pursue my passions as a teacher,