Our Staff 2016 – St Pauls Catholic School, Richmond
Mrs Maureen Phillips
About: I joined Saint Paul’s School as principal in July 2016. The school is very dear to my heart as I chaired the Establishment Board for the school and the first Board of Trustees. Being a part of the Catholic School tradition is richly rewarding, providing opportunity to participate in the shaping of faith filled and socially just citizens who will play their part in making our world a better place.
I was raised on a farm in the Motueka Valley alongside four sisters. Our Maclean family is descendant of the early settler O’Connor family. I currently live with my husband Kent in Richmond and have two adult children living in the Nelson area and a daughter in Christchurch. Two of my six grandchildren live nearby in Richmond. I love spending time with friends and family, sharing time in cafes, camping or walking the beaches and hills in our region. I also belong to a book discussion group and film group.
Mrs Robyn Allott
Role: Support Aide
About: My husband, Paul and I live in Richmond. We have four grown up children and six grandchildren. I have been working as a Teacher’s Aide at Saint Paul’s for around three terms. I really enjoy working with children as I find this rewarding.
Mrs Judith Ashley
Role: Director of Religious Studies, Reading Recovery Teacher, Teacher – Year 3/4
About: I have been part of Saint Paul’s School since the very beginning when the school was first built. I really enjoy being part of this wonderful school and it is a privilege to be part of the Catholic Education System.
Originally from England, I live in Richmond with my husband Chris and my dog Angus. I have two adult children who now live in Auckland and I am looking forward to exploring that part of the country. My interests include quilting, gardening, finding interesting places to walk my dog, good food and wine!
Mrs Stacey Ashley
Role: Teacher – Release
About: I have been in teaching since 1990 and have enjoyed teaching every age group. My family has downsized from 7 at home to just 4 of us. I was brought up in Auckland but I adore Nelson. Camping, bush walks and swimming are three of my favourite things. I am looking forward to finishing huge home renovations this year (2016).
Mrs Sharlene Bascand
About: Hi – it is great to be back in Nelson and teaching at St Pauls – after 10 years of teaching in rural Canterbury.
I have three children, who are all at St Pauls and my husband who is a Principal at Lower Moutere. I love all aspects of teaching – especially literacy and arts. My experience spans all levels of primary schooling. I look forward to meeting you over my time at St Pauls.
Mrs Cathie Dodd
Role: SENCO, Teacher Year – 7/8
About: I love teaching and find the process of learning exciting and a privilege to be part of.
Having moved to Nelson from the deep south a few years ago my family enjoy spending time exploring the region and in particular discovering all the wonderful artisans in the area.
Mrs Tessa Griffith-van Zoelen
Role: Teacher Aide
About: I live with my husband Paul in Richmond. We have three adult children. My interests include socialising, walking, interior design and travel.
Father Seph Pijers
Role: School Chaplain
About: Nelson born with Dutch parents, then Christchurch. I was ordained in 2004. I have served in Sacred Heart Cathedral, St Teresa’s, Karori and Otari Parish (amalgamated parishes of Karori and Wilton in Wellington). In my earlier year I traveled a lot and played a lot of sports, particularly rugby. Presently I enjoy black and white photography, stillness, nature, poetry and something called Dances of Universal Peace.
Ms Angie Hampson
Role: Middle Syndicate Leader, Teacher – Year 5/6
About: I have been a teacher at Saint Paul’s since 2003 and Middle Syndicate Leader for the past seven years. I have taught in all levels in the school and for the past few years have enjoyed working with Year 5/6 students. My goal is to enable and encourage students to be confident and successful in their learning and as people. Our classroom is bright and colourful and we love to laugh and have fun. I enjoy teaching all subjects but I’m passionate about the Arts and like to incorporate dance and drama into learning experiences. I also coach the school’s Jump Jam Aerobix Crew.
Outside of school my interests are travelling; I love discovering new places, people and having new experiences. I enjoy going to concerts, live theatre, brunch and I’m an avid armchair sports fan!
Mrs Jane Howley
Role: Teacher Aide
About: I am new to the school and will be working with the New Entrant Class. I am really looking forward to getting to know all the children and the staff.
I moved to Nelson nearly two years ago from the UK with my family and we have really enjoyed our time in beautiful Nelson so far. I have been teaching for 20 years working mainly with juniors. I love this age group as it is always exciting watching them learn new things and watching them grow. My main passions are English and Art and when I get a spare moment I like to create my own art work.
I have three children; Peter is eighteen, Mary is sixteen and studying at Garin and Elizabeth is eight and is at St Paul’s. In our spare time we all love going off on road trips to explore this beautiful country. As a family we enjoy music, walking, cycling and Elizabeth and I enjoy horse riding.
Ms Philippa Hood
Role: Deputy Principal
About: I am Deputy Principal at St Paul’s and also a year 7 and 8 teacher. I really enjoy working with students at this age level ! I enjoy the variety that teaching provides – no two days are the same.
I have 4 children who keep me busy and in my spare time I enjoy sport, mountain biking, reading, travelling and walking the dog.
Ms Bernie Kaczon
Role: Office Manager
About: My partner Kevin and myself used to stop and holiday in Nelson 18 years ago while my son was studying at Canterbury University doing an Engineering Degree. We both loved it here so much that on one holiday we came across our house on the Kina Cliffs with the most amazing view. So we’ve been living in sunny Nelson for the last 14 years.
My son has his own engineering business in Waihi now. My very clever daughter-in-law has a beautiful florist and gallery shop and I have three very precious grandchildren. Miller, Janina and McKenna. My interests are gardening, walking, reading books and we have a very friendly neighbourly wine club that Kevin and myself started by chance when we first arrived here.
Mrs Alison McQuillian
Role: PE Instruction and Sports Coordination
About: I am fortunate enough to have retrained to allow me to follow a lifelong passion; sport exercise. I studied a Bachelor of Sport and specialised in fundamental movement skills at Primary School level.
Mrs Maria McTague
Role: Teacher – Year 2
About: I studied at Otago and began my teaching career working in Auckland and then in London. This further reinforced my enthusiasm for teaching and learning and my love of being a part of a fun filled and positive learning environment.
We have three children, Isla and Finn, currently at St Pauls, and Cameron counting the days until he is ‘allowed’ to start. After years spent in the city of London we love nothing more than a bbq at the beach in the Nelson sunshine.
Mrs Sue Moriarty
Role: Teacher – Year 2/3
About: Over the years I have been Junior Team Leader, Literacy Team Leader and Teacher in charge of the Library. Currently, I teach a class of Year 2/3 children and I am a member of the Junior Team and the Literacy Team.
I have had a long career in teaching, specializing in Junior School and New Entrants. I taught in Northland, Fiji and England, prior to Nelson. I have taught Year 0-4 at Saint Paul’s since 2000 (the year after the school opened). It has been a highlight of my career to be part of a foundation staff and add my contribution to the development of a new school. I particularly value teaching in a Catholic school. The nurturing of the spiritual dimension is so important for each individual child’s personal development. It also deepens the quality of the teaching and learning experience, as well as the relationship we develop as a class group. I enjoy developing my students’ creativity through Art and Language and also building their interest in learning another language by teaching them French. In 2014 I was pleased to be recognised as an ACET teacher, confirming my commitment and expertise in Junior Classroom Teaching. My many interests include tramping, cycling, camping, kayaking and most importantly my family.
Mrs Shelley Muirhead
Role: Office Administrator
About: I have been working at St Pauls since 2012 and live in Richmond with my husband and 3 children. I love spending time with my family & friends, along with endless sunny Nelson days at the beach and local rivers. Outside of this my interests include travel and in quieter moments enjoying a good book.
I work with a great bunch of people at St Pauls and I enjoy interacting with the children and lovely parents we have here at our school.
Mrs Margaret Nichols
Role: Teacher Aide
About: I am married with three young adult children who all have attended Saint Paul’s Catholic School. Over the many years of being a T.A. I have been privileged to work with a wide range of inspiring students with diverse needs. The biggest reward of my job is having the opportunity to watch the students grow to be independent and confident learners.
Beyond my job my interests include my family, exercise, developing my ICT skills and having a laugh with friends.
Mr Chris Stephens
About: I am married to Shirley and have two daughters and one granddaughter. I have been a librarian for nearly 20 years. I work at Nelson City Council Libraries as well. Of course my interests are books and computers, and socialising especially at family events.
Mrs Margy Wallace
Role: DP release and Beginning teacher Release
Mr Neill Wingham
Role: Teacher – Year 4/5
About: Kia Ora, this is my second year that I have taught at Saint Paul’s School and I have really enjoyed my time here so far. I am currently teaching in Kotuku class and love to see students strive to be the best that they can be. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am passionate about travel and one of my highlights include teaching in Japan. I also enjoy a range of sports, history, books, and getting outdoors experiencing all that Nelson has to offer.