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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.
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.