Marc Capstick

Marc Capstick

TiC Middle School Business Studies, Teacher of Commerce Senior School, Learning Area Coordinator of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Diploma of Science (Geography), Diploma of Teaching & Learning (Secondary)
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 529

Marc is a commerce teacher in the senior school in his first year at Scots College. He joins the college in his seventh year as an educator with experience in both the IB Diploma and NCEA courses.

Most recently working at an international school in Singapore, Marc has experience teaching the IB Diploma Program in Business Management, Geography and Environmental Systems and Society. Prior to this, he taught in Christchurch teaching NCEA at Marian College. Marc will be responsible for Year 11 to 13 Business and Accounting classes for both NCEA and the IB Diploma, as well as Year 11 tutor for Plimmer House.

Originally from Nelson, Marc graduated the University of Canterbury in 2009 and immediately took up a teaching position at Marian College. After the Christchurch earthquakes, he moved to the Australian International School Singapore where he held the role of Head of Year for various year levels.  

In his spare time Marc plays senior football, follows a range of sports teams, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travelling to new exciting places.

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 and Humanities
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.

Liesel Griffiths

Leisel Griffiths

Economics, Accounting and Business Studies Teacher

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.

Craig Morrison

Assistant Principal Curriculum, 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.

MarykaMaryka de Swardt

Teacher of Commerce

Telephone: +64 4 388 0850 ext 865

Maryka is an enthusiastic Business Studies teacher. She has taught for 12 years in South Africa. Arriving in NZ with her family in January 2020.

She has always had an interest in business and accounting and found it an obvious decision to take for her major at University. Maryka admits she is a total extrovert and helping people is her passion. Working with young minds is something she has always wanted to do.
Outside of teaching Maryka is an Equestrian Tentpegging rider and loves the outdoors.

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