Senior Management

Seamus Flood

Seamus Flood

Assistant Principal Middle School (Years 7 & 8)

BSc (Hons); MEd;PostGradCert Ed; MA Ed
Phone: 04 380 7582
Email: floods@scotscollege.school.nz

Seamus Flood is Assistant Principal of Middle School since early 2014. He has special responsibilities at Years 7 and 8 and teaches Mathematics, Sports and Science. Prior to joining Scots College Seamus was Head of Boarding and PE at a preparatory school in England for 5 years. Previous to this he was Year 10 Dean at St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie.

His experience in sport and pastoral care see him as the chairman of the College Basketball club and in an important role for the transitioning of students into the Middle School.

Seamus is Irish and is a keen sportsman who played rugby, basketball, gaelic football and competed in the 400m hurdles. He now enjoys more recreational pursuits and is aiming to complete his first triathlon. He is married to Michelle, who is also a teacher and they have 3 young children Seamus Óg, Isabella and Sophie.

Seamus strongly believes in the College mantra that learning is for life and that all students should be confident to face any challenges both inside and outside of college as the All-Round Man. He has been teaching for 15 years.

Amanda Gibbs

Deputy Principal, Senior School Operations and Pastoral

BA (Hons); DipTch; BSc
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 894
Email: gibbsa@scotscollege.school.nz

Amanda joins Scots College from her previous role as Deputy Principal at St Oran’s College. She has taught Science and Chemistry and held leadership roles in co-educational and single sex, private, integrated and public schools both in New Zealand and overseas. In her previous role Amanda was part of the creating  ‘Fearless Girls Strong Women’ a two week experience of outdoor activities and wellbeing with a focus on providing an opportunity for Year 10 girls to connect with themselves, others and the environment. Amanda’s practice aligns with her vision to create strong relationships with learners, ensuring they are capable of achieving their full potential.

As a Science teacher Amanda enjoys the opportunity to be constantly learning due to the ever changing world of science. She places a strong emphasis of teaching and learning pedagogy into her practice as well as cooperative learning. Outside of teaching and her pastoral roles she is a keen swimmer, particularly ocean swimming, golf, yoga and her own experiments in the kitchen!

“My new role is a unique opportunity to be part of Scots co-educational senior school from 2020. Our students will spend their Year 11, 12 and 13 years in a highly engaged co-educational learning environment as they prepare for their future beyond school in a diverse society. Life is co-ed.”

Jason Laverock

Deputy Principal, Senior School Operations & Pastoral
Teacher of Humanities

BA (Hons); PostGradCertEd
Phone: 04 803 0597
Email: laverockj@scotscollege.school.nz

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!”

 

Craig Morrison

Director of Teaching and Learning
Teacher of Commerce

DipEd; BBs; PGCert Ed Leadership
Phone: 04 388 0850
Email: morrisonc@scotscollege.school.nz

Craig joins Scots College from his previous role as the Head of Faculty Business, Enterprise and Commerce at St. Peter’s School in Cambridge. A role that brought together traditional aspects of learning such as curriculum, staff appraisal and development with leading the co-curricular activities to develop school-wide initiatives supporting innovation, creativity and financial literacy. Prior to this he was the HoF Social Sciences for 9 years, also at St Peter’s.

As the Director of Teaching and Learning Craig enjoys being able to coach others through the journeys they are making to improve themselves in many different ways, developing more than their academic side. He believes growth and learning for life should be key goals for anyone, regardless of age. Craig is motivated to teach through the satisfaction of “seeing others succeed with your help and input.  Young people are vibrant and full of potential and I take great pride in seeing them thrive once they leave the school gates.”

Craig share a keen interest in sport through his teaching and with his family. His three daughters are all talented in their own way in sport. He also shares with his wife Sandra a passion for travel and adventure and the occasional beach holiday at Mt Maunganui.

Mandy Patrick

Assistant Principal, Prep School

BEd(Tch)
Phone: 04 388 0863
Email: patrickm@scotscollege.school.nz

Mandy has taught a variety of roles over her 18 years of education, from classroom teacher to coordinator of Year Levels and now in the role of Assistant Principal here at Scots College. She has taught in New Zealand, in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, London, Hong Kong before joining Scots in Wellington.

After starting a degree in Communications and Japanese Mandy changed direction to become a Primary School Teacher.  Mandy says “I have always loved interacting and being a part of all learning environments. Teaching was a great choice for me and I have never looked back.”

“I love teaching because it is about being a part of a community. Learning is for life and providing a space for all learners to feel supported and valued is something I am very passionate about. I love to see those moments when a learner connects with what they are learning.”

As a mum of three little boys they are her true passion at the moment. Before children mandy played netball, touch rugby and in Hong Kong performed in a Kapa Haka group. Her favourite thing to do is put on a podcast and get out in nature.

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.

 

Will Struthers

Will Struthers

Deputy Principal Middle School (Operations)

Bachelor of Arts, DipGrad Otago, QTS Sussex, Dip Tchg BTI 
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 657
Email: struthersw@scotscollege.school.nz

Since arriving at Scots at the beginning of 2010, Will has held numerous positions of responsibility including Head of English for the Middle School, IB Assistant and Boarding House Assistant. At the start of 2016 he was appointed to the role of Deputy Principal for the Middle School. 

Originally from Timaru, Will completed his studies at Otago University before heading overseas at the end of 1999 to travel through South America and take up his first teaching role at The American University in Asuncion, Paraguay.  He held a similar ESOL teaching role in London, before moving to Brighton to complete his secondary teaching qualification at the University of Sussex.  Having spent four years teaching in Sussex, in 2005 Will took up an English teaching position at Merchant Taylors’ School in Middlesex where he also held the position of Assistant Head of Sixth Form until the end of 2009.

Will is passionate about boys’ education and is a strong believer in the importance of developing purpose driven young men who strive to make a positive difference.   He takes an active role in all aspects of college life including coaching the 2nd XV rugby team and ‘sweeping’ for the Dragon boat team.  When not at work, Will enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and golf, reading good books and sampling the occasional craft beer.

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