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Work at StAC

Mahi ki StAC

St Andrew's College has a reputation for delivering a high-quality educational programme in a first-rate learning environment. Our students are inspired and supported to reach their full potential, guided by our team of exceptional teaching staff. We also have many support staff roles at the school in ICT, Communications, Accounts and Finance, Development, Reception and Administration, Records, Facilities, Grounds and Maintenance, Catering, Library, and Cleaning.


For teaching staff vacancies contact:

Head of Secondary School, Evert van Florenstein at BIN@stac.school.nz or phone +64 3 940 2013
Principal of Preparatory School, Jonathan Bierwirth at prepschool@stac.school.nz or phone +64 3 940 2037

For support staff vacancies contact:

People and Business Manager, Justine Scott on JSO@stac.school.nz or phone +64 3 940 2011.

  • Preparatory School Head of Physical Education

    St Andrew’s College is the South Island’s only independent co-educational school offering Pre-school to Year 13 education. The Preparatory School has 465 girls and boys from Years 1-8. The school has outstanding facilities and resources, and an enviable reputation for quality learning and happy children.

    We are looking for an experienced, capable, and enthusiastic teacher to join the College as a full-time Physical Education (PE) Specialist.  The position is available from Monday 2 September 2024, but the starting date could be earlier depending on the successful applicant’s circumstances.

    We are looking for a person who has an outstanding record of working with primary aged children in a stimulating, encouraging and child-centred way. This person will be self-motivated and capable and will be known for her or his ability to engage children within a caring, safe, and happy environment. 

    This position would suit a teacher who has worked, or is working, as a school PE specialist.  Or a classroom teacher with an interest in physical education, fitness, health and wellbeing, and sport.

    The College offers excellent terms and conditions to staff.  This is a wonderful opportunity for someone looking for a stimulating and exciting position.

    For an application pack, please contact Charlotte Chapman (Assistant to the Principal) using email CMG@stac.school.nz

    Applications close 4.00pm on Friday 21 June 2024.


St Andrew's College attracts a very high calibre of staff and we ensure we select candidates who inspire outstanding academic achievement and encourage a breadth of learning through co-curricular activities and serving our community.

Key benefits of working at St Andrew's (permanent employees):

  • Tuition discounts

  • Insurance:
    *100% of Southern Cross Wellbeing One (with $500 excess; pro-rated for part-time, and discounts for immediate family members)
    * Life and TDP (total permanent disablement)
    * Salary continuance

  • 4% Kiwisaver employer contribution, for those that make a 4% or larger employee contribution

  • Use of the Fitness Centre

  • Workplace Support (employee assistance programme)

  • Annual influenza and Covid vaccinations

  • 6 weeks parental leave grant for primary caregivers, or three days paid partner leave

  • Additional bereavement leave, above legislation

  • Morning tea provided daily (term time only)

  • Various social events and social club

  • College library access

  • Cafeteria and Staccato Café on site (term time only)

  • Physiotherapy on site

  • Other discounts available (various), such as discounted drycleaning

Teachers enjoy other benefits including:

  • Margin above the PPTA teachers state collective agreement pay rates

  • Payment for sports and co-curricular 

  • Additional three weeks holidays in term breaks compared to state schools

  • Teacher Registration renewal fee paid

  • Extensive facilities and resources (examples include a well-resourced teacher aide programme and a well-resourced ICT department)

  • Opportunities for growth and leadership offered internally, and generous professional learning programme

  • Numerous opportunities to be involved with school excursions, camps, trips and Duke of Edinburgh

  • Beginner teacher programme including buddy, mentor and development sessions run by senior leadership

Support staff enjoy additional benefits including:

  • Long service leave

  • Tuesday after Easter as a paid day off

  • Generous sick leave ‘cap’ of 65 days compared to legislation

  • 5 weeks annual holidays after 10 years continuous service

  • Professional learning and development opportunities

  • Supportive and welcoming community

Teacher and students talking at table with robotics equipment
Christine Leighton with students outside chatting

About StAC

St Andrew’s College is a leading independent, co-educational day and boarding school with a broad curriculum, celebrated learning environment, exciting co-curricular programme, and proud Presbyterian heritage. Whatever our students’ talents and interests, wherever their curiosity may take them, St Andrew’s College provides them with opportunities to excel and shine. They leave us as confident, well-rounded young adults, who are prepared for life in today’s changing world. We are the South Island’s only co-educational independent school offering places from Pre-school through to Year 13. We have over 1600 day and boarding students, with our boarding facilities (catering for 160 boarders) located in the heart of the school. Our students are supported by 210 teachers, along with 100 support staff and 50 contractors, creating a busy, thriving environment. In 2022, St Andrew’s celebrated 30 years of being co-educational.

Co-ed students in The Green Library and Innovation Centre.

Vision and values

Our Vision: To be at the leading edge of high-performance educational practice, in a community which values caring for others, tradition, and creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots and wings to flourish in an ever-changing world.

Our Founding Values: We secure our future by inspiring trust and confidence through living out our values and demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Truth | Pono – integrity in everything we say and do;

  • Excellence | Kairangi – reaching beyond what people expect of us;

  • Faith | Whakapono – in self, others, and our future;

  • Creativity | Auahatanga – daring to imagine, turning ideas into reality;

  • Inclusivity | Kanorau – valuing diversity, embracing different perspectives.

Students in science lab talking to teacher with microscopes

What we value

Balancing tradition and innovation is a key focus of the St Andrew’s College Board of Governors. In striking this blend St Andrew’s has built a brand of education which adapts quickly to the demands of the present, while holding true to the values of our founders. This gives our students a combination of freedom and boundaries, which we believe, results in young people who flourish in life beyond school.

While attending St Andrew’s is a different experience for today’s students from decades past, what hasn’t changed is the College’s underlying commitment to prepare students for life. Our roots of shared traditions, values, culture, spirituality, knowledge and a sense of belonging, help guide our students towards a rich future of innovation, future thinking, curiosity, and following their dreams.

Group of Preparatory School students sitting on a wall

A sense of balance for all

Providing the right environment for this to happen requires balance. Our school community comprises many individuals each contributing their perspectives and talents. Alongside our ongoing investment in programmes, infrastructure and facilities, the Board has a strong focus on continuous improvement of student outcomes, providing an inclusive, supportive environment, and caring for the well-being of everyone. Creating a sense of belonging for all in our community is a hallmark of St Andrew’s College.

St Andrew's College Centennial Chapel entrance with large metal cross

Special character

We are proud of our heritage, values, strong sense of community, and long rich history at St Andrew’s, developed in over a century since the College was founded in the Scottish Presbyterian traditions of the Christian faith. Our chaplain leads regular chapel services for all year groups, with St Andrew’s encouraging and fostering an inclusive environment with students from a range of cultural and faith backgrounds.

Scottish traditions remain at the heart of St Andrew’s, with the skirl of the pipes, twirl of the Highland dancers, the Ferguson tartan, St Andrew’s cross and Scottish thistle intrinsically woven into the fabric of College life. The historical relationship between all the places associated with St Andrew’s and the mana whenua, Ngāi Tahu, is also important and is currently being captured in our first Cultural Narrative. This document will bring the two narratives of our history together, using the metaphor of weaving – the warp and the weft, the tartan and the kākahu.

Our campus

St Andrew’s College has a large school campus in Christchurch, with its teaching and learning centres, and cultural and sports facilities, spread across 13 hectares of beautiful park-like grounds, close to the heart of the city. Our campus encompasses a number of learning centres including a Pre-school, Preparatory School, Middle School and Senior College, through which students transition seamlessly from Pre-school age to Year 13.

Since 2009, our campus has undergone a significant transformation, with major new construction projects including the Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre, two new boarding houses, Gym 2, StACFit Fitness Centre, Centennial Chapel, Preparatory School Junior Department and Pre-school, Green Library and Innovation Centre, and the spectacular new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre, which opened in Term 2, 2024. This facility incorporates the Gough Family Theatre, which has a fully professional theatre setup, and seating for 266. The Ballet Academy, a Black Box theatre, Dance studio, and extensive backstage areas are also included within Ngā Toi.

Other facilities enjoyed by our students include the only fully professional television and digital media studio and control room complex in a New Zealand secondary school, a full Music Suite with high-tech recording equipment, and a Pipe Band Centre, which supports a variety of cultural groups. Off-site our students enjoy outdoor education facilities at the College’s Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill.

Strowan House on the St Andrew's College campus
Two students walking outside boarding house.


A strong family culture and community spirit makes boarding at St Andrew’s College a special experience. Our three bright, modern boarding houses are a “home away from home” for our boarding students. St Andrew’s is the only independent co-educational secondary school in the South Island offering boarding to both boys and girls from Year 9 to Year 13.

We uphold the best traditions of more than 100 years as a boarding school, while reflecting modern principles of residential care. Our boarders are part of a busy, vibrant and close-knit community. They are well-cared for by our experienced team and encouraged to strive to reach or extend their personal potential, whether that be in the classroom, in cultural pursuits, or on the sports field.

One of the key points of difference is that all our senior management staff in boarding, and many of our tutors, are educators. We understand what it takes for students to be successful and help them to balance academic achievement with their health and well-being, and co‑curricular activities.

Teacher in classroom with two students at desk


We are committed to providing a first-class learning environment which values innovation and creativity alongside tradition and knowledge. Many of our passionate, skilled and responsive teachers are well recognised in their areas of expertise and create innovative and inspirational learning experiences for our students. The academic achievements of our students are impressive, with attainment across NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 consistently in the high 90s percentile range.

In 2022, St Andrew’s had record-breaking achievement in New Zealand Scholarship examinations with 33 students achieving 76 New Zealand Scholarships between them (12 at Outstanding level). That year, one of our students won a Premier Award and was named in the top 11 students in New Zealand, while another was a Top Subject Scholar, gaining the top mark in New Zealand for Digital Technology. Three St Andrew’s students have won Premier Awards in the last 13 years. This was followed up by another strong performance in 2023, with 64 scholarships achieved across a wide range of subjects with six of these at Outstanding level. Two of our students received an Outstanding Scholar Award from NZQA, given to the top 60 scholarship students in New Zealand.

St Andrew’s is well known for its strong Learning Support Programme which is led by a team experienced in helping all students achieve to their academic potential. We are at the forefront of learner metrics, where we predict and assess value add for each individual student across all of their subjects throughout their time at St Andrew’s. This is monitored regularly and actions are taken to identify issues or opportunities to assist students in achieving their personal best.

Sports teacher with students in PE uniform looking at game plan

Sport and co-curricular

St Andrew’s has a proud history in sport, music and the performing arts. Well over 95 per cent of students at the College are involved in our extensive weekly co-curricular programme, with over 50 different sports and cultural activities on offer.

St Andrew’s is well regarded in sporting pursuits, producing both individual and team champions at South Island and national level, and excellence across many codes. The College’s Athlete Sports Performance programme encourages the growth and success of our highest performing athletes. However, this is not the only way success is measured at St Andrew’s. A Balance is Better approach across the entire sports programme recognises the efforts of students participating in sport at all levels, creating an environment where every student can thrive and find success in their own way.

The diverse cultural opportunities on offer at St Andrew’s include music groups from orchestra, and chamber groups, to jazz bands, choirs and rock bands. These groups have access to the Music Suite with its fine acoustics and state-of-the-art recording equipment. Dance, drama, chess, robotics, filmmaking, Pipe Band, theatre productions, writing for publication, festivals, and competitions are just some of the other cultural activities on offer. The opening of our spectacular new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre in Term 1, 2024 has further enhanced our students’ cultural pursuits.

Teachers with students talking outside of Centennial Chapel


Since 2017, St Andrew’s has committed to a whole school strategic goal to embrace evidence-based research related to well-being and positive psychology. We have a Head of Well-being and a number of Health and Well-being programmes in place for our students. A well-being focus is integrated into our curricular, co-curricular and pastoral programmes. Our school culture supports student well-being by valuing the importance of positive relationships and celebrating diversity.

On joining the St Andrew’s College community, students gain the support and friendship of an entire network of people who take an active interest in their welfare. This large, caring team includes teachers, tutors, Deans, boarding staff if applicable, a guiding and counselling team, College management, Peer Support and student leaders. Together, our objective is for students to feel comfortable, safe and cared for; are supported to succeed academically; are encouraged to grow in confidence and resilience; and establish a strong foundation for fulfilling lives beyond school.

Staff professional development focuses on integrating research related to building positive relationships, promoting emotional intelligence and resilience, enhancing self-efficacy and fostering motivation, engagement, and purpose.

Secondary and Preparatory students parading through the school.


St Andrew’s is grateful to the many different groups and individuals in our community, outside the day-to-day running of the College, who contribute significantly to the ‘StAC family’.

The College remains a significant part of the lives of many of our students and their families, long after their schooling years have concluded. We are proud of the strong connections we maintain with our Old Collegians (alumni) through the thriving Old Collegians Association, which keeps Old Collegians up to date with the latest news and runs a number of special events each year to keep our alumni connected.

The College Foundation, which prudently manages our investments; PTA (Parent Teachers Association founded in 1933), which provides parents with a forum for discussion, and an avenue for participation in College activities; and the Ladies Circle, which for 65 years has promoted fellowship and support for the College and each other; all continue to make an outstanding contribution to St Andrew’s.

Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Exploring the outdoors is an intrinsic part of life in New Zealand, and at St Andrew’s College, students enjoy a top-quality Outdoor Education programme in award winning facilities at Castle Hill, in the spectacular Canterbury High Country. The Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge was completely rebuilt in 2008 into a state-of-the-art centre for our outdoor and leadership programmes, where personal empowerment and team spirit are top priorities. The comfortable Lodge sleeps 42 people in bunk beds, and has cooking facilities, equipment and utensils in its well-equipped kitchen to cater for up to 50 people.

Students enjoy a range of exciting activities at Castle Hill, designed and overseen by high-qualified, full-time instructors. These include group problem-solving games, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing, snow-caving, tramping, camping, kayaking and environmental projects including wilding pines, stoat trapping and a wasp control programme. The Outdoor Education programme at St Andrew’s is continually developing to meet the needs of the curriculum and to provide students with an experience that can help them to look at life from a different perspective, develop organisational skills, resilience, and embrace leadership.

Living in Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and is a great place to live and work. Located in the heart of the central South Island, the ‘Garden City’ has a safe, relaxed environment, and is home to a diverse natural playground, including the stunning Hagley Park.

Christchurch has undergone a significant revitalisation since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, with an almost brand new, modern city centre with laneways to explore, great restaurants, shopping and markets, and beautifully preserved heritage buildings, nestled alongside the meandering Avon River.

Outdoor activities abound, with ski fields and mountains within an hour of the city, beaches on its doorstep, and a host of walking and cycling tracks close by.

With its international airport (a short 15-minute drive from St Andrew’s College), Christchurch is a gateway to the South Island’s word famous scenery and incredible tourist attractions. Many popular holiday destinations including Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Methven and Kaikōura are located within a couple of hours of the city.

In 2023, Christchurch was named among the world’s top ten cities that people from other countries would consider moving to.

River Avon in town centre of Christchurch New Zealand