Physical Education

Craig Philpott


BA, DipTch, PGDipEdLead
Phone: 04 388 0850

Craig began at Scots College as Head of Physical Education and Health at the start of 2021. He began his teaching career in 1991 and has taught a variety of subjects including English, Japanese, Humanities as well as PE. He has also been a Dean, Head of Department, and was Assistant Principal at Christchurch Boys’ High School for 8 years. In 2012 he accepted an opportunity to work in high performance sport as a full time rugby coach, leading both the Hawkes Bay Magpies and the New Zealand Under 20 programmes over the last 9 years. 

Craig is a lifelong learner. He loves all sports, particularly rugby and cricket, and is passionate about leadership development. Any downtime is spent exploring Aotearoa in the family caravan.

Russell Holmes
Russell Holmes

Assistant HOD Physical Education
Physical Education Teacher

BEd; DipTchg
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 876

Russell Holmes has been at Scots for a number of years. He is Assistant Head of the Senior Physical Education and teaches NCEA PE at Year 11 and 13.

He is also the Dean of Mackenzie House, and has been for the past 11 years. He has been involved at the college with various teams in rugby, football, athletics, cross country and racquet sports. He continues to be involved at a community level with Onslow club football, cricket and gymnastics.


Alistair Hamilton

Alistair Hamilton

Director of Prep PE and Sports
Teacher of PE and Health Middle School

Diploma of Teaching
Advanced Trade Cert Telecommunications
Phone: 04 388 0850 ext 853

Alistair began teaching at Scots College in 1996 as a Year 7 teacher. As well as classroom teaching, he coached sport and established and ran EOTC programmes from Years 4-11. At the end of 2002 Alistair moved to the UK where he taught PE and coached Rugby and swimming.

Returning to New Zealand, Alistair worked as Director of PE at St Marks Church School and Medbury School before returning to Scots College.  Currently Alistair is the Year 1-6 Director of PE and Sports and teaches PE in the Prep and Middle Schools. He enjoys coaching teams from Year 4 to 13 in a range of different sports.

Alistair is the Year 8 Glasgow tutor and enjoys helping develop the house spirit and being involved in all aspects of College life.   

Alistair was born and raised in Central Otago and enjoys going home whenever he can. He loves getting into the mountains – skiing, tramping, hunting and fishing and catching up with friends. Alistair is married to Mary.

Rose Berghan 

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

BPhEd with a GradDipTchg,
04 388 0850 Ext 622

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.

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Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore Park
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
New Zealand