House Deans

Callum BrookesCallum Brookes


Mawson House Dean
Teacher of Geography NCEA, Environmental Systems IB & Humanities MYP

Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Psychology) University of Otago, Post Grad Dip. Sec. Teaching
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 615
Email: brookesc@scotscollege.school.nz

Callum teaches senior Geography, middle school Humanities, and Environmental Systems and Societies in IB. He has taught Geography in New Zealand, Australia and the UK bringing a global focus to the subjects covered. Callum has been at Scots College for over 4 years, joining the college in 2011, with a brief stint teaching abroad in between.

Previous schools include East Otago High School and The American Community School of London, where he was HoD Geography at both institutions.

Callum is the Dean of Mawson House, a role he took over in 2015, and enjoys working with students and families in fostering the developmental growth during student’s time at Scots.

He has a strong sporting background with interests in basketball and volleyball, both of which he coaches at Scots College. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, touch rugby and travelling whenever he gets the chance.

Claire Hall

Claire Hall


Glasgow House Dean 
Learning Area Co-ordinator of the Arts
HOD Middle School English
Teacher of Art History and English

BA, DipTchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 601
Email: hallc@scotscollege.school.nz

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.

Ian LeslieIan Leslie


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
Email: lesliei@scotscollege.school.nz

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.

David Berry


DavidBerry
Fergusson House Dean
Teacher of English
Middle School, Senior School

BEd (Sec)
Telephone: +64 4 388 0850 ext 706
Email: berryda@scotscollege.school.nz

David joined Scots College in 2020 as an experienced English literature teacher. He has a strong background working with the IB Diploma as a result of teaching internationally in Lima, Peru. He has previously held the positions of Head of House and IB Extended Coordinator, both of which will assist him in his current roles as Assistant IB Diploma Coordinator and Glasgow Year 9 Tutor.

He has a particular interest in developing the IB Core and Extended Essay and is a strong supporter of the international values that underpin IB. David enjoys teaching about the power of language to shape our perception of the world, with a strong focus on social justice and gender equality. He believes that education should prepare students not only to excel but give them the confidence and skills to foster positive change within the world.

Outside of the classroom, David enjoys tramping, camping, swimming, reading and cooking.

Rose Berghan

Plimmer House Dean
TiC of Health Education
Teacher of Physical Education and Health

BPhEd with a GradDipTchg,
04 388 0850 Ext 622
Email Berghanr@scotscollege.school.nz

Rose grew up in rural Taranaki where she enjoyed a team atmosphere in sport which lead to her pursuing a career as a Physical Education and Health teacher. She has continued to be a part of a team environment through playing club netball here in Wellington, Rose enjoys the competitive spirit and challenges that arise every game.

Relatively new to Wellington, Rose has grown to enjoy the vibrancy and culture but particularly the multiple areas to enjoy the outdoors. She is excited to build on what has been positively established in the history of Plimmer House, with whanaungatanga at the heart of our culture.

Anthony Rehutai


Smith House Dean
Teacher of Mathematics

GradDipTchg; PostGradCertBus; BA
Tel 04 388 0850 
Email rehutaia@scotscollege.school.nz

Anthony teaches Mathematics in the Senior and Middle School, coaches Rugby at a Local, Regional and National level and is the Dean of Smith House.

Joining Scots College in 2018 Anthony has eight years’ experience teaching and providing pastoral care for a range of students in various roles at both Palmerston North Boys High School and Scots College. His pastoral care experience and leadership extends beyond the school environment, coaching and mentoring rugby players from around the country for the past 16 years. Most recently he has been part of the coaching team for the New Zealand Maori U18 team. A  role he really enjoys, being able to support and work with families to assist and guide players to reach their potential. He is also  part of the NZ Rugby identification programme as a selector for both the New Zealand U20 and Hurricanes 18 teams.

 Anthony is  married with four daughters, two still at Secondary School and two finishing at University this year.

Nick SinnamonNick Sinnamon


MacKenzie House Dean
Teacher of Science and Biology
Assistant Director of Boarding 

GradDipTchg (Sec); BSc (Zoology Major)
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 813
Email sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Nick is a teacher of Middle School Science and Senior Biology. He returned to teaching at Scots College after a year teaching in China in 2016/17.  

Originally from Oamaru, he is a keen sportsman and enjoys getting into the outdoors whenever possible. His studies at university emphasised genetics and conservation biology, which have been areas he especially enjoys teaching. Being from Waitaki Boys High School, he is a firm believer in the pastoral care network here at Scots. 

Nick is the MacKenize House Dean and is involved in several sports including cricket and basketball. Personally, he enjoys teaching biology at Scots and likes to focus on fostering good, genuine characters.

Adrian Slack

Adrian Slack


Aitken House Dean
HoD Physics

BSc Victoria, Dip Tchg
Tel 04 388 0850 ext 867
Email slacka@scotscollege.schoool.nz

After five years at a state school Adrian decided to have experience in an independent school and moved to Scots in 1985 initially teaching maths and science. He took on the role of teacher in charge of Junior Maths and held this position for 10 years as well as becoming one of the senior Calculus teachers until a change in direction saw him becoming more involved in the teaching of Physics. By 2004 all his teaching was in Physics and General Science with Physics becoming his main focus and in 2015 he took on the role of HoD Physics.

Initially he was a tutor in Fergusson House before moving to Aitken House, always taking a full part in promoting House activities and social events. In 2006 he took up the position of Dean of Aitken House and through this role has promoted social events, community service and culture – in particular music.

Following a period of time as master in charge of cricket and also rugby he changed codes to football and has been the 1st XI manager since 2009. Alongside this has been his enthusiastic involvement in anything outside the classroom from tramping to white water kayaking and abseiling to complement his love of the outdoors especially mountain climbing. He also likes to mountain bike and has recently taken up golf.

Adrian is passionate about his House and teaching and is always keen to see the best from his students. He is married with four adult children and four lovely grandchildren.

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