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Dean of Aitken House
Head of Department Physics
BSc Victoria, Dip Tchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 867
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.
Acting HOD Chemistry
Teacher of Chemistry and Physics (Senior School)
Teacher of Science (Middle School)
Ph.D. (Cambridge) Palaeoceanography; B.Sc. Hons. (Leicester) Geology; B.Sc. Hons. (Victoria) Psychology; P. Grad. Dip. Clinical Psychology (Victoria); Grad. Dip. Tchg (Victoria)
Phone: 04 4 388 0850 ext 510
Barbara moved to Scots College in 2016 from Queen Margaret College, where she taught IB Diploma Physics and Chemistry, Level 1 and Year 7 Science. A latecomer to teaching, Barbara gained her Ph.D. at Cambridge and worked as a researcher in the Climate Change arena. In 1996 she moved to NIWA in Wellington, authoring numerous publications across a range of subject areas. In the mid-2000s Barbara retrained as a Clinical Psychologist, and practised in Adult Mental Health.
Eventually “seeing the light”, she found her passion and has not looked back since commencing teaching. Now a great advocate of IB education, Barbara brings a multidisciplinary perspective to school science and is continually thrilled by the chance to learn new stuff every day and get paid for it.
Before having children, Barbara spent quite some time away from home, including four trips to Antarctica, sea voyages in the Atlantic and a bicycle trip across Russia. She loves to try out new languages and explore different cultures and religious beliefs.
Barbara has two sons at Scots, and is therefore especially invested in the academic, cultural and social success of the College. She and husband Simon are avid followers of the rugby teams, fans of the choir and orchestra, and Barbara hopes to join in with whichever clubs and activities can use a willing hand and a sense of humour. Service to the community is dear to her heart, and development of the moral and ethical, as well as intellectual stature of our young men is her top priority.
Smith House Dean
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 895
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. Mike began as the Dean of Smith House in 2017.
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.
Teacher of Science and Chemistry
BSc, MSc (1st class hons, Auckland), DipResMan (Massey), Dip Tchg (Wgtn College of Ed)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 624
Paul re-joined the science department at Scots College mid-2013 and currently teaches senior chemistry for both NCEA and the IB Diploma together with MS science. He looks after underwater hockey at Scots and is proud to be involved with MacKenzie House.
Growing up in Rotorua surrounded by sulphur and geysers sparked a lifelong interest in science, and he majored in geology at the University of Auckland. This was followed by an extensive period working as an exploration geologist in the minerals industry in New Zealand as well as overseas. Paul’s teaching career kicked off at Mana College and then an initial stint at Scots from 2002 through to 2007. He then took time out for some further geological adventures in Australia, Indonesia, China and Mongolia. Paul was delighted to have the opportunity to return to Scots College which occupies a unique place in the educational landscape.
His personal experiences have highlighted for Paul the importance of an all-round education and creating life-long learners with a global awareness. In the classroom he likes to relate aspects of the science to real life applications. He remains keen on the outdoors and actively supports the EOTC programme.
Teacher of Science and Biology
Boarding House Assistant
Student Activities Coordinator
GradDipTchg (Sec); BSc (Zoology Major)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 813
Nick is a teacher of Middle School Science and Senior Biology. He has returned to teaching at Scots College after a year teaching in China in 2016/17.
Originally from Oamaru, he is a keen sportsman and enjoys getting into the outdoors whenever possible. His studies at university emphasised genetics and conservation biology, which have been areas he especially enjoys teaching. Being from Waitaki Boys High School, he is a firm believer of traditional schooling for boys, and the pastoral care network here is a huge selling point for Scots.
Nick is a Glasgow House tutor and is involved in several sports including cricket and basketball. Personally, he enjoys teaching biology at Scots and likes to focus on fostering good, genuine characters.