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Meet our Boarding Staff

Our boarding staff are united in their belief that students must be nurtured in a caring, safe and happy environment in order to develop to their full potential. St Andrew’s College is proud to have a committed, enthusiastic and energetic team who work passionately to achieve just that.

Matt Parr (Director of Boarding)

Matt ParrMatt’s personal philosophy on supporting student well-being and achievement is to make decisions based on ‘what a great parent might do’. “I believe great parents set the culture and tone of their family and foster a sense of belonging, protection, and direction. We set the same intentions in our boarding family at St Andrew’s College. I’m fortunate to lead a large team who deliver an incredibly high duty of care. Everything we do revolves around supporting the students’ number one objective for being here – to get an excellent education.”

Matt came to St Andrew’s College from Christchurch Boys’ High School where he was Assistant Manager of Adams House for three years, and was also the school’s Director of Communications, a teacher, and a sports coach. He is an Old Boy himself, having played for the First teams in rugby and cricket for three years at Christchurch Boys’ High School, and serving as Deputy Head Boy in his final year.

During a gap year in the United Kingdom Matt had his first taste of teaching at an agricultural school in Somerset. While in the UK, Matt met his future wife, Nancy, and on their return to New Zealand, he spent four years studying Physical Education at the University of Otago. After a year teaching English in Japan, Matt completed his post-graduate teaching studies, and started his teaching career back at Christchurch Boys’ High School as a Health and Physical Education teacher.

Rutherford Boarding House

Ian White (House Manager)

IWHIan has been House Manager of Rutherford Boarding House for several years. He has a student-centred philosophy with a very good understanding of adolescents. He recognises the need for young adults to be given the opportunity of self-responsibility accompanied with structures that make them accountable, while developing a strong sense of independence. Ian teaches Technology as well as Design and Visual Communication, having a variety of practical skills. Outside of boarding he has a wide range of interests and is presently involved in open water swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter. He enjoys travelling extensively and is known for undertaking spontaneous trips away overseas.

Maxine Shepherd (Assistant House Manager)

MSPMaxine has been Assistant House Manager at St Andrew’s since 2013. She lives on site with her husband Phill (who works in the College ICT department) and her two daughters, Alexandra, who attends St Andrew’s College, and Christina (OC 2017). Maxine has a strong set of administrative, organisational skills and thoroughly enjoys being a significant part of the young men’s daily life. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Change Management and enjoys playing squash.

Thompson Boarding House

Jo Morrow (House Manager)

JMOJo has been House Manager of Thompson House since the start of 2012. She has 19 years’ experience living and working within secondary boarding schools and enjoys the lifestyle associated with a boarding community. She works in a part time teaching role and is in the Chaplaincy team with husband Paul (College Chaplain). They have four children who have grown up in the boarding environment. Jo has a passion for working with young women and developing an environment in Thompson House that will encourage, support and inspire lifelong learners who are equipped to live and work in a global community.

Joanne Ah Kuoi (Assistant House Manager)

JAHJo joined Thompson House as Assistant House Manager in 2013. She came to St Andrew’s College with a background in theatre and film and has also worked with various social agencies. The development of confidence and inner strength is something Jo loves to see throughout a young woman’s boarding experience. She enjoys being an active member of a hugely diverse, warm hearted and close extended family. She has a passion for film, theatre, art and music festivals and relishes spending time with her borrowed boxer dogs at the beach and on walks in the Port Hills.

MacGibbon Boarding House

Struan George (House Manager)

SGEStruan has been House Manager of MacGibbon House since the start of 2014. He had four years’ previous experience in boarding, having worked as a tutor. Struan is also a teacher of Physical Education and Health at St Andrew’s College. As a father of four young boys, he has a strong interest in boys’ education and understands the need to keep boys busy and active. Struan sees boarding as a wonderful experience in which boys grow, mature and develop their independence. Outside of boarding Struan is a keen sportsman with particular interests in cricket and hockey.

Lisa Laughlin (Assistant House Manager)

LLALisa has been at St Andrew's College since 2010 and joined the boarding family in 2017. Her knowledge of the school and her passion for working with children has been a great fit for MacGibbon house. Lisa, being from Canada, knows what it is like to live away from home and goes the extra mile to create a welcoming family environment for each and every student. She believes communication between boarders, parents and staff is an essential ingredient for a positive boarding experience.