Commerce | Scots College


Craig Morrison

Assistant Principal Curriculum
HoD Economics
Teacher of Commerce

DipEd; BBs; PGCert Ed Leadership
Phone: 04 388 0850

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.

Leisel GriffithsLiesel Griffiths

HoD Economics
Teacher of Commerce

B Com (Otago), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), Grad Dip (Otago), CA
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 828

Leisel joined the Scots College Commerce Department in 2015. Previous to this, Leisel was based in Singapore where she taught at the United World College (SEA). In addition, Leisel has an extensive commercial background, having started her career as a Chartered Accountant in Wellington, Leisel was subsequently based in London and Singapore for 15 years, holding a variety of roles across Finance and Human Resources with Barclays Capital.

Leisel draws on her business experience constantly in the classroom.

Born and raised in Wellington, Leisel is a motivated and passionate educator who strongly believes that every student should have an understanding of business and how the economy works in order to confidently negotiate their path beyond school and to develop essential life skills.

Leisel is married with three children. Her interests include sport (tennis, hockey, water and snow skiing), travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Clinton Down

Clinton Down

Economics Teacher

BCA; PGDTchng; PGDSprtMngmt
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 658

Clinton Down has been an Economics teacher at Scots College since 2015. He teaches both NCEA and IB at all levels.  He has been teaching since 2005.

Clinton first taught at Kaitaia College in the far north before moving to Seoul in South Korea, where he taught English for just over a year. From Seoul he moved with his wife to Dubai in the UAE where he taught Economics, Geography and History. 

Clinton spent a number of his early adult years travelling and living overseas, basing himself in London.  He was able to continue doing this from Dubai focusing his travel on surf locations in the Americas and Africa. He also enjoys free diving and spearfishing.

Shane Gaffney

Teacher of Commerce
Director of Sport
1st XI Cricket Coach

HDipED (Physical Education, Business Studies), BEd Honours: Educational Management, CSA Level 3 Cricket Coach
Phone: 04 388 0850

Joining Scots College in April 2019, Shane was previously Headmaster at St Dominic’s College, Director of Sport and Director of Cricket at Hilton College and Deputy Headmaster at St David’s Marist Inanda. Having qualified in 1992, he also taught at Sandringham High School, Benoni High School and Crawford Preparatory School, Sandton. Shane has enjoyed teaching Business Studies, History, Physical Education and Biology over the years and is delighted to be able to contribute to the strong Commerce and Humanities departments at Scots College.

Shane has achieved considerable success as a sports coach and administrator. He was the Chairman of the Independent Schools Sports Conference and has presented papers at various conferences. He coached cricket at provincial U19 level (Lions, KwaZulu/Natal Inland and Dolphins Cubs) as well as football.

Shane understands the significant role that sport plays in young people’s lives and is most at home in the great outdoor classroom where learning opportunities abound. He believes that, in sport and life, in the race for excellence there is no finish line and as such, encourages young people to set aside today’s achievements in an attempt to realise future success.

Shane loves spending time with his family (Karen, Luke and Kierrin) and in his spare time enjoys running and playing golf.

Bridget Kidd

Teacher of Mathematics and Enterprise Studies

GradDipTch(Prim); BC; BSc
Phone: 04 388 0850

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.

Celliers Verster

LAC Commerce, HOD Business Studies
Middle School, Senior School

Telephone: 04 388 0850

Celliers joined Scots College in 2021 as a Business Studies teacher. Celliers was previously an Economics teacher at Hutt Valley High in Lower Hutt Wellington, Director of Co-Curricular at Trident College in Zambia and TiC Business Studies at Uplands College in South Africa. Celliers has experience in teaching Accounting, Business Studies, Economics and Design and Technology over the years.

Celliers believes in providing students with a well-rounded education, to create opportunities for students to learn inside and outside of the classroom, on the sports field and in the great outdoors. Education does not only happen while at school, it is a life long journey for every person as we never stop learning new skills and new concepts. He is a strong believer that all students should study some Commerce while at school as the knowledge and skills gained will enable young adults to adapt and to operate in any occupation or industry.

In 2019 Celliers and his wife moved to New Zealand seeking new opportunities and to build a life. In his free time he likes to play golf, tennis and to explore the new beautiful country that he lives in.

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