Physical Education


Russell Holmes

Russell Holmes

House Dean MacKenzie
Head of Department Senior Physical Education
Physical Education Teacher

BEd; DipTchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 876

Russell Holmes has been at Scots for a number of years. He is Head of the Senior Physical Education and teaches NCEA PE at Year 11 and 13.

He is also the Dean of Mackenzie House, and has been for the past 11 years. He has been involved at the college with various teams in rugby, football, athletics, cross country and racquet sports. He continues to be involved at a community level with Onslow club football, cricket and gymnastics.


Alistair Hamilton

Alistair Hamilton

Director of Prep PE and Sports
Teacher of PE and Health Middle School

Diploma of Teaching
Advanced Trade Cert Telecommunications
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 853

Alistair began teaching at Scots College in 1996 as a Year 7 teacher. As well as classroom teaching, he coached sport and established and ran EOTC programmes from Years 4-11. At the end of 2002 Alistair moved to the UK where he taught PE and coached Rugby and swimming.

Returning to New Zealand, Alistair worked as Director of PE at St Marks Church School and Medbury School before returning to Scots College.  Currently Alistair is the Year 1-6 Director of PE and Sports and teaches PE in the Prep and Middle Schools. He enjoys coaching teams from Year 4 to 13 in a range of different sports.

Alistair is the Year 8 Glasgow tutor and enjoys helping develop the house spirit and being involved in all aspects of College life.   

Alistair was born and raised in Central Otago and enjoys going home whenever he can. He loves getting into the mountains – skiing, tramping, hunting and fishing and catching up with friends. Alistair is married to Mary.


Peter Connell

Peter Connell

Head of Department Physical Education
EOTC Co-ordinator

BEd; Dip Tchg; Level 2 Cricket Coach
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 535

Peter was appointed as a teacher of PE & Health to the College at the start of 2015 and took on leadership of EOTC in Term 2. He previously taught at Hastings Boys’ High School and Rongotai College in New Zealand, Carrickfergus Grammar in Northern Ireland and Sir William Ramsay in England.

Peter returned to NZ recently with his wife and children having spent 7 years overseas mainly in the UK/Ireland. He played cricket for Ireland from 2008-2012 including two t20 world cups.

Peter currently holds a player/coach role at Easts CC and is also passionate about rugby having played for 18 years including 3 seasons at a semi-professional level. Peter coached the 2nd XI cricket and u65kg Rugby team in 2015.


Kevin James

Kevin James

Classroom teacher Year 8
Teacher of English and Physical Education

B Ed (Massey University) Post Grad. Dip Education (Auckland University), Dip. Tchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 527

Tena koutou e nga hoa, e nga matua o nga tauira o te Kareti o Kotarani.

Kevin joined Scots College in Term 3 2011 where he began teaching Year 8 English and Year 7-9 Physical Education. Kevin currently teaches English and Physical Education from 7 to Year 12 and is involved in the introduction of the three school model.

Prior to Scots, Kevin was a team leader at The Correspondence School where he led the Year 6 to 10 area. Kevin has taught for over 30 years and has taught English, Phys. Ed, Japanese, Geography and Te Reo Maori in the secondary area at various high schools including Whangarei Girls’, Kamo High School and Pukekohe High School.

Kevin is passionate about education and believes that at the Middle School level boys should develop good routines to their work and behaviour but most importantly to embrace a positive relationship with their peers and staff. He believes these values will set them in good stead to tackle the many challenges that they face in their Senior School years.

Kevin’s interests are coaching rugby, cricket and football together with developing the Kapa Haka group into becoming a more focal part of the College. Outside of school Kevin enjoys spending time with his whanau, gathering kaimoana and enjoying our beautiful country.   

Hea i reira he kaha i reira he utu- where there is effort there is reward

Eli Gilfedder

TiC Health; Teacher of Physical Education

MEd; BEd
Phone: 04 388 0850

Eli recently crossed the ditch from Brisbane, joining Scots College after seven years teaching at Ormiston College, one of Queensland’s leading academic schools. At Ormiston, Eli gained experience in delivering a comprehensive pastoral care programme as the Year 8 Dean. He was a key member of the teaching and learning committee and Head of Year 8 & 10 Geography. For Eli, teaching is about the interaction between teacher and student. He enjoys the academic rigour of a high performance school, as it enables him to think critically and expand his skill set.

Eli holds a Masters of Education and undertook a Bachelors of Education majoring in Physical Education and Geography; both subjects he enjoyed himself at school. Prior to this, Eli held a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport for Football, where he was provided the opportunity to play and travel to countries such as England, Italy Ireland and the US. Today he enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

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