Victoria Papadopoulos

Victoria Papadopoulos

HoD History and Classical Studies

BA (Hons); LLB; GradDip Arts; GradDipTchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 812

Victoria has taught in a variety of roles within the Humanities learning area, and its predecessor, Social Sciences, over the last twelve years, and is currently the Head of the History and Classical Studies department.  A Wellington born member of the NZ Greek community, she attended Wellington Girls’ College, followed by under-graduate and graduate study at Victoria University and Wellington College of Education.  Victoria was awarded First Class Honours in Classical Studies, as well as a BA in Ancient Greek, an LLB specialising in Human Rights and Constitutional Law, a Graduate Diploma of Arts, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching.

Victoria has a passion for history, both ancient and modern, and also for classical literature, especially epic poetry.  She is a firm believer in the Scots College “All Round Man”, and sees him as a worthy successor to the classical concept of arêté, or all round excellence in physical, intellectual, and cultural fields.  Victoria coaches and manages the Premier A and B Debating teams, and took great pleasure and pride in the fact that at last year’s National Debating Grand Final, both regional teams competing were coached by Scots College Old Boys, and the team thence put together to represent NZ at the World Debating Championships was likewise coached by an Old Boy.  This year’s young teams have a lot to live up to, but will no doubt rise to the challenge.  Victoria is also an Aitken House tutor.

Callum Brookes

Callum Brookes

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

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

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 3 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, at which 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 rugby, 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.


Stephen Lawrenson

Stephen Lawrenson


Humanities and History Teacher
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 541

Stephen joins us this year as part of the Humanities department as a teacher of History. Growing up in Dunedin, Stephen attended Otago Boys High School excelling academically and competing in a variety of sports. After high school Stephen spent several years as a manager in the Hospitality industry and then as a personal trainer and gym manager.

Stephen attended the University of Otago for his undergraduate degree gaining a BA in History with a minor in English. He then completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) at Victoria University of Wellington. On top of this Stephen also has a Certificate and Personal Training and a Diploma in Advanced Exercise Prescription.

Stephen has joined Glasgow House in 2016 as a Year 7 Tutor. Stephen hopes to be involved in a variety of aspects of the co-curricular side of the school including debating and basketball and has put himself forward as the GATE representative for the Humanities department for the coming year. Stephen also has a keen interest in film, being involved with BOTU productions a Dunedin based production company. Stephen has a passion for learning, culture, health and fitness and believes a well-rounded lifestyle helps to develop an all-round individual.

Stephen is teaching both middle and senior school students this year and is keen to see students push past their potential and achieve their goals.


Jason Laverock

Deputy Principal, Senior School Operations & Pastoral
Teacher of Humanities

BA (Hons); PostGradCertEd
Phone: 04 803 0597

Jason joined Scots College in 2016 as the Deputy Principal of the Senior School. Jason moved to New Zealand in 2007, he has worked at schools in Reading and Birmingham in the UK and Orewa and Oxford, Canterbury in New Zealand.

Jason went to Birmingham University in the United Kingdom where he studied Medieval and Modern History before qualifying as a teacher. As a teacher his philosophy and goal has always been to work alongside his students to inspire them to be the best they can be. Jason sees learning about History as one of the best ways of trying to make sense of the complex world we live in. Jason and his wife love to travel and feel they probably know New Zealand better than the UK. He has been trying to write a book about a real life murder mystery for the last eight years and claims “Maybe one day I will get it finished!”

Eloise Wright

HoD Religious Education, Teacher of Religious Education and Humanties

GradDipTch; BSport&Rec
Phone: 04 388 0850


Eloise joined Scots College in 2019 in her first teaching role. Prior to Scots she worked in the outdoor industry teaching and facilitating outdoor education programmes for young people and as a personal trainer.

As a teacher Eloise enjoys helping students achieve the best of their potential. Having a department such as the RE department at Scots College is something Eloise feels is very special, with its focus on allowing students to engage with their spiritual wellbeing. Hauora as a model for wellbeing is something that Eloise believes in and enjoys looking at the big questions that comes with this.

Outside of school and teaching Eloise spends her time kayaking, tramping, reading, watching sport; and socialising with friends.

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