House Deans

Callum Brookes

Callum Brookes

Mawson House Dean
Teacher of Geography NCEA, Environmental Systems IB & Humanities MYP

Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Psychology) University of Otago, Post Grad Dip. Sec. Teaching
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 615
Email: brookesc@scotscollege.school.nz

Callum teaches senior Geography, middle school Humanities, and Environmental Systems and Societies in IB. He has taught Geography in New Zealand, Australia and the UK bringing a global focus to the subjects covered. Callum has been at Scots College for over 4 years, joining the college in 2011, with a brief stint teaching abroad in between.

Previous schools include East Otago High School and The American Community School of London, where he was HoD Geography at both institutions.

Callum is the Dean of Mawson House, a role he took over in 2015, and enjoys working with students and families in fostering the developmental growth during student’s time at Scots.

He has a strong sporting background with interests in basketball and volleyball, both of which he coaches at Scots College. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, touch rugby and travelling whenever he gets the chance.

Claire Hall

Claire Hall

Glasgow House Dean 
Learning Area Co-ordinator of the Arts
HOD Middle School English
Art History and English Teacher

BA, DipTchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 601
Email: hallc@scotscollege.school.nz

Claire was educated at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and Canterbury University. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Art History, English and History. She has been at Scots since 2010 and is Dean of Glasgow House and Learning Area co-ordinator of the Arts.

She teaches Art History and English. Previously Claire was Director of Leadership and wrote the College’s Leadership and Learning for Life courses. She also established the Launching Leaders Conference and managed the first three of these events. Claire was the producer of The Jungle Book, Aladdin and Fame and is looking forward to this year’s production, You’re History. Previously Claire taught for twenty two years at New Plymouth Girls’ High School where she was Dean of Years 9 and 13, Head of Health and the director of three National title winning Stage Challenges. She won the National Excellence in Teaching award in 1998. Claire loves teaching and the Scots College emphasis on ‘Building the all-round man’.

Claire has two adult daughters and is married to Scots colleague, Geoff. She loves food and wine, reading and the arts.

Ian LeslieIan Leslie

Uttley House Dean
TIC Film and SCTV, Teacher of Drama and English
Pipe Band Manager

B.A. (Theatre; Otago), NZ Dip. Tech. Prod. (Toi Whakaari), P.G Dip Tchg (Secondary, Otago)
Tel: 04 388 0850 ext 507
Email: lesliei@scotscollege.school.nz

Ian Leslie has been employed at Scots College since the middle of 2012. Prior to teaching at Scots, Ian taught at South Otago High School in Balclutha where he was TIC Drama. Ian was appointed to his position as Pipe Band Manager shortly after arriving at Scots and as Uttley House Dean in 2017. Since then, Ian has developed and instigated two new subjects to the school: IB Film and Scots TV.

Ian also has a very clear passion for the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work involved in productions. Ian has developed and mentored a core of Scots students with a similar enthusiasm, who have become integral in the shows produced by the College. He currently teaches a mix of Drama, English and Film.

Ian is a graduate of Otago University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and English. He then went on to attend Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, completing a Diploma in Technical Production, with a focus on lighting. After travelling throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, Ian returned to Otago University to train as a Secondary School teacher. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and began his teaching career.

As the Film teacher, Ian enjoys a good movie. He has also been known to enjoy a bad one as well. Ian is passionate about learning, and is very keen to continue to develop his own understanding.

Hannah McGeeHannah McGee

Fergusson House Dean
TiC Middle School Art

Grad Dip Secondary School Teaching; BFA
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 892
Email: mcgeeh@scotscollege.school.nz

Hannah McGee has been employed at Scots College as a Teacher of Art since July 2015 and from the beginning of 2018 is the Fergusson House Dean.

Originally from Wellington, having attended Samuel Marsden Collegiate School as a student and before leaving to live in Melbourne, Australia for four years where she also taught Art, she taught at Queen Margaret College.

Hannah gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in Film, before training as a secondary school Visual Art and Technology teacher.

Hannah currently teaches through all year levels at the school, Level 3/Year 13 Photography, Level 1/Year 11 Art, MYP Art and spends time each term with Prep classes working with the Prep classroom teachers delivering specialist art classes.

She likes to keep active having played hockey, netball and touch rugby and since her return to Wellington has been going to CrossFit. Hannah enjoys watching movies and visiting as many art galleries as possible, preferably galleries around the world. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Michael Royds

Smith House Dean
Physics Teacher

BEng (Hons)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 895

Email: roydsm@scotscollege.school.nz

Joining Scots in 2015 as an experienced Physics and Science teacher, Mike was previously Head of Department at the Royal Grammar School of Guildford in England. With experience as a Year 10 Dean and helping to establish a peer mentoring programme in a previous school, he brings considerable pastoral and academic expertise to the school and to the role of Smith House Dean.

Having worked in aeronautical, robotics and environmental engineering fields in England and France, Mike also has understanding of national, international and overseas qualifications. He is well-placed to equip pupils for future study and has experience of preparing and placing students in top international universities. 

Mike believes that vibrant passion for his subject and genuine concern for the welfare of the pupils lie at the heart of successful schooling.  As a strong advocate of a rounded education, he has strong background in education outside the classroom and has run mountaineering and climbing programmes as well as being involved in coaching hockey and athletics.

On and off road cycling, surfing, climbing, tramping and camping occupy Mike’s spare time, preferably with his young family.

Adrian Slack

Adrian Slack

Aitken House Dean
HoD Physics

BSc Victoria, Dip Tchg
Tel 04 388 0850 ext 867
Email slacka@scotscollege.schoool.nz

After five years at a state school Adrian decided to have experience in an independent school and moved to Scots in 1985 initially teaching maths and science. He took on the role of teacher in charge of Junior Maths and held this position for 10 years as well as becoming one of the senior Calculus teachers until a change in direction saw him becoming more involved in the teaching of Physics. By 2004 all his teaching was in Physics and General Science with Physics becoming his main focus and in 2015 he took on the role of HoD Physics.

Initially he was a tutor in Fergusson House before moving to Aitken House, always taking a full part in promoting House activities and social events. In 2006 he took up the position of Dean of Aitken House and through this role has promoted social events, community service and culture – in particular music.

Following a period of time as master in charge of cricket and also rugby he changed codes to football and has been the 1st XI manager since 2009. Alongside this has been his enthusiastic involvement in anything outside the classroom from tramping to white water kayaking and abseiling to complement his love of the outdoors especially mountain climbing. He also likes to mountain bike and has recently taken up golf.

Adrian is passionate about his House and teaching and is always keen to see the best from his students. He is married with four adult children and two lovely grandchildren.

Matt Jarry

Mathew JarryPlimmer House Dean
HoD Art

BA (Art History) and BEd. (Secondary) from University of Victoria, British Columbia; PG Dip. Fine Arts Massey University
Tel 04 388 0850 ext 659
Email jarrym@scotscollege.school.nz

Matt is the HoD Art at Scots College and joined Plimmer Hosue as their Dean in 2016. Before Scots, Matt worked for 7 years at Wellington College teaching a variety of courses including Art History, Media Studies, Technology and English. Matt originally comes from Vancouver Island, Canada.

Matt has done a variety of education-related endeavours in Aotearoa including curriculum development with NZQA, consultation work with the NZ Transport Authority, work with Te Kete Ipurangi (an NZ on-line teaching resource), art workshops with Te Papa, and co-chairing of the Wellington Art Teachers’ Association.

A father of 3 (Matteo, Odette, and Ira) doesn’t leave Matt much free time, but when his wife lets him, he can be found hunting down the occasional wave at Lyall Bay or getting out for a run.

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