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Drama and Film
Bachelor of Arts; Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects – Art History and Theory; Graduate Diploma in Teaching – Secondary Education
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 882
Paula has been with the College since 2007 where she took up a position early in her teaching career as a teacher of English, Social Studies and Drama. She was appointed to Tic Drama later that year and HOD of Drama in 2009 as the department had steadily grown in numbers and included years 7 – 13 in the curriculum.
Originally from Dunedin, Paula was educated at St Hilda’s Collegiate School. She went on to the University of Otago and the Dunedin College of Education where she completed a Bachelor and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in Theatre Studies and Art History and Theory and her Secondary Teaching Diploma. Before embarking on her teaching career, her previous employment included Make-up Artist, Talent and Model Manager, backstage at the ID Fashion Show, Choreographer and Education Liaison to Schools at the Fortune Theatre in Dunedin.
Paula has a passion for developing a life-long love of the Arts. She has directed large scale productions at the College over the years such as The Mikado, The Island of Dr Moreau, Peter Pan, The Count of Monte Cristo, Fame, and Aladdin as well as various Year 13 class productions. Paula is looking forward to directing the Centenary production, You’re History. Her other co curricular interests are taking part in the annual University of Otago Shakespeare Festival and 48 Hour Film competition and sometimes managing a sports team.
When not treading the boards, Paula has a diversity of interests. These include spending time with her family, walking the dog at the beach, dance, netball and travelling to the mainland to visit friends and family in Dunedin or Golden Bay.
Glasgow House Dean
HOD Middle School English
Art History and English Teacher
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 601
Claire was educated at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and Canterbury University. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Art History, English and History.
She has been at Scots since 2010 and is Dean of Glasgow House and Learning Area co-ordinator of the Arts. She teaches Art History and English. Previously Claire was Director of Leadership and wrote the College’s Leadership and Learning for Life courses. She also established the Launching Leaders Conference and managed the first three of these events. Claire was the producer of The Jungle Book, Aladdin and Fame and is looking forward to this year’s production, You’re History. Previously Claire taught for twenty two years at New Plymouth Girls’ High School where she was Dean of Years 9 and 13, Head of Health and the director of three National title winning Stage Challenges. She won the National Excellence in Teaching award in 1998. Claire loves teaching and the Scots College emphasis on ‘Building the all-round man’.
Claire has two adult daughters and is married to Scots colleague, Geoff. She loves food and wine, reading and the arts.
Uttley House Dean
TIC Film and SCTV, Teacher of Drama and English
Pipe Band Manager
B.A. (Theatre; Otago), NZ Dip. Tech. Prod. (Toi Whakaari), P.G Dip Tchg (Secondary, Otago)
Tel: 04 388 0850 ext 507
Ian Leslie has been employed at Scots College since the middle of 2012. Prior to teaching at Scots, Ian taught at South Otago High School in Balclutha where he was TIC Drama. Ian was appointed to his position as Pipe Band Manager shortly after arriving at Scots and as Uttley House Dean in 2017. Since then, Ian has developed and instigated two new subjects to the school: IB Film and Scots TV.
Ian also has a very clear passion for the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work involved in productions. Ian has developed and mentored a core of Scots students with a similar enthusiasm, who have become integral in the shows produced by the College. He currently teaches a mix of Drama, English and Film.
Ian is a graduate of Otago University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and English. He then went on to attend Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, completing a Diploma in Technical Production, with a focus on lighting. After travelling throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, Ian returned to Otago University to train as a Secondary School teacher. He completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and began his teaching career.
As the Film teacher, Ian enjoys a good movie. He has also been known to enjoy a bad one as well. Ian is passionate about learning, and is very keen to continue to develop his own understanding.
Teacher of English & Drama
BA; MTheatre Arts; PGDip Tchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 514
Rachel has been a professional Theatre director, actor and drama teacher in Wellington for the past 20 years. Her relationship with Scots began on Saturdays with the Rata studios acting classes and directing the combined school productions between Scots and Queen Margarets Colleges.
Originally from Timaru Rachel studied Drama at Otago then came to Wellington to complete a Masters in Theatre Arts at Victoria University and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. She also undertook a post graduate teaching diploma with Canterbury building up her relationships with as many NZ universities as she could.
Rachel lives in Lower Hutt with her chatty son, Gus, who is 4, her actor/stuntman husband, Allan, a very cute dog and an equally charming, if somewhat destructive, kitten. Her family spend most of their time deciding which bit of their 1950s do-er upper is most in need of renovating and then teaching themselves how to go about it.
Rachel says she “loves teaching English and Drama as both subjects focus on how we see ourselves in the world and how we communicate with others, which I believe, is the key to…everything!”