Mathematics

Scott Giffin

HoD Mathematics

BSc, GradDip Tchg
Tel 04 388 0850 ext 897
Email giffins@scotscollege.school.nz

Scott teaches Maths across the Middle and Senior schools. He is a Plimmer house tutor and is excited to get involved in many of the activities and groups Scots has to offer. He has a passion for teaching Maths and problem solving. 

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Scott completed his degree in mathematics at the University of Strathclyde before gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Scott was a member of the Grade 1 Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and became Pipe Sergeant of the Grade 2 Scottish Fire & Rescue Pipe Band. Since relocating to Wellington Scott has joined the Grade 1 New Zealand Police Pipe Band and is looking forward to getting involved with the Scots College Pipe Band. 

Bridget Kidd

Classroom Teacher Year 7
Teacher of Mathematics

GradDipTch(Prim); BC; BSc
Phone: 04 388 0850
Email: kiddb@scotscollege.school.nz

Prior to teaching at Scots College Bridget worked in Consumer and Business Marketing (Brand Manager) for a number of organisations including Circa Theatre, The National Lottery (UK) and Colgate-Palmolive. Her decision to teach Maths comes from her love of Math’s discrete nature “where you evaluate all the information you’re given and work to find a solution, and most often there’s a right or a wrong answer!” Bridget also enjoys the building blocks of maths that as a teacher, there’s always an obvious way to make a problem easier or harder to suit the different skill levels of each student.

Seeing a student’s reaction when a maths concept becomes clear to them – that ‘lightbulb’ moment is a highlight of her role.  In addition to seeing the progress that students make over time, she like to ensure that a student is aware of the progress that they have made.

Bridget enjoys spending time with her family – husband and three children – especially supporting their sporting events. To relax, she likes to walk, see a good movie or enjoy a night out with friends and family.

Rob Kilvington

Rob Kilvington

Teacher of Mathematics and Graphic Design in the Middle and Senior School

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Applied Biology (Hons)
Phone 04 388 0850 ext 539
Email: kilvingtonr@scotscollege.school.nz

Rob is responsible for teaching graphic design in the middle school and mathematics in the senior school. 2016 is his 13th year of teaching at Scots College. In 2015 he completed a 12 week sabbatical which included school visits in China and Italy, and time in Europe.

Originally from Bristol, Rob completed his honours degree in applied biology at Demontfort University in 1992. His post graduate studies in education at Bath University were completed in 1994 and he taught science at Westfield Academy in the south of England for two years. He came to New Zealand in 1997 for the opportunity to race the New Zealand national mountain bike series and decided to make it home. Prior to starting at Scots College, he taught at Newlands College and Queen Margaret College in Wellington.

Rob is a Smith house tutor and takes an active role in all aspects of college life. He has a passion for cycle sports, particularly road racing, mountain biking and cyclocross.  He manages and coaches the senior cycling team.

In his spare time Rob enjoys cooking for his family and friends, sampling New Zealand wines and going to the movies.

Barrie Lucas

Barrie Lucas

HOD Middle School Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics First-Class Honours, University of St Andrews)
Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Leicester)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 621
Email lucasb@scotscollege.school.nz

Barrie joined Scots College in 2012 having taught Mathematics in the United Kingdom for 12 years across the Year 7-13 age range in two co-educational schools, including being Deputy Head of Mathematics for 8 years.  He continues to enjoy teaching across the full age range in both the Middle and Senior Schools.  As well as teaching MYP and NCEA Mathematics, he has taught the Higher Level IB Diploma Mathematics class for the past five years.  He is now in his second year as Head of Mathematics for the Middle School.

Barrie is a Glasgow House tutor and 2016 sees him taking his boys through the complete cycle from Year 9 to Year 13.  He takes an active role in all aspects of College life, whether it be as a Year 10 Personal Project Supervisor, the teacher-in-charge of Lawn Bowls or manager of his social basketball team.  2016 also sees him take over as teacher-in-charge of Golf, with coaching sessions and competition teams at Miramar Golf Club.

With three young daughters at home he has little spare time to himself, but he enjoys playing golf (with a single figure handicap at Karori Golf Club) and tennis.  He also enjoys following the Black Caps and visiting the cinema.

Gabrielle O'Rourke

Gabrielle O’Rourke

Teacher of Mathematics and Statistics

BSc Vic Uni, Dip Tchg Wgtn College of Education
Tel 04 388 0850 ext 886
Email orourkeg@scotscollege.school.nz

Gabrielle began teaching mathematics part-time at Scots College in 2001.  She has lived all her life in Wellington, completing a BSc in Statistics and Calculus and Diploma of Teaching before spending 11 years teaching Y1-6 at St Patrick’s Primary School in Kilbirnie.  She has also managed to fit in running trips overseas to compete on the US Road Racing circuit and has represented New Zealand in a number of road relays, half marathons and full marathons around the world, including two World Championships events.

Gabrielle is the author of two series of mathematics resource books for teachers.  She finds the best part of teaching are seeing the light bulb light up when a student grasps a new concept and seeing young people enjoying maths.

Gabrielle has been with Plimmer House since she started at the college and loves supporting the boys in ‘pale blue’ from the side lines.  She also runs the Royal Life Saving programme at the college and takes a keen interest in the distance running squad.

In her spare time when she’s not working or training, Gabrielle enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, doing crosswords or riding her new electric bike around Wellington!

Catherine Pratt

Teacher of Mathematics

GP Dip Tchg; BSc
Tel 04 388 0850
Email prattc@scotscollege.school.nz

Catherine has always had a passion for maths. She has privately tutored maths since Year 11 later changing careers paths towards teaching maths when her two daughters were at primary school attracted to the challenge of the subject and of explaining concepts in a way that students understand while making the subject enjoyable. She believes that during our teenage years we often make the most significant decisions and enjoys the fact that she can play a role in helping a student to make effective choices, that it’s not just about teaching a subject, but many life skills.

She previously taught maths at Rangitoto College in Auckland and was a Dean there for 11 years where she gained much pastoral experience and greater awareness of the many different challenges that teenagers are facing on a daily basis. Before teaching Catherine worked for a number of years as a research scientist at Auckland Medical School. Outside of work and teaching Catherine has spent many years Sailing in the Hauraki Gulf with her Husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, camping and has recently purchased an e-bike.

Anthony Rehutai

Smith House Dean
Teacher of Mathematics

GradDipTchg; PostGradCertBus; BA
Tel 04 388 0850 
Email rehutaia@scotscollege.school.nz

Anthony teaches Mathematics in the Senior and Middle School, coaches Rugby at a Local, Regional and National level and is the Dean of Smith House.

Joining Scots College in 2018 Anthony has eight years’ experience teaching and providing pastoral care for a range of students in various roles at both Palmerston North Boys High School and Scots College. His pastoral care experience and leadership extends beyond the school environment, coaching and mentoring rugby players from around the country for the past 16 years. Most recently he has been part of the coaching team for the New Zealand Maori U18 team. A  role he really enjoys, being able to support and work with families to assist and guide players to reach their potential. He is also  part of the NZ Rugby identification programme as a selector for both the New Zealand U20 and Hurricanes 18 teams.

 Anthony is  married with four daughters, two still at Secondary School and two finishing at University this year.

Alan Smith

Deputy Principal (Curriculum)
Teacher of Mathematics and Robotics

B.Soc.Sci.; P.G.Dip.Math.Ed.; Dip.Tch.
Phone: 04 388 0850
Email: smitha@scotscollege.school.nz

Alan and his family have spent the last twenty years living and working in Fiji, Singapore, England, Malaysia and Australia. He has served as Head of Mathematics, IBMYP Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal.

His eclectic mix of teaching subjects: Mathematics, German language and Drama have allowed him the unique opportunity of working with students and staff in many different areas. Alan has many years’ experience in theatre and in recent years has enjoyed singing with community choirs.

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