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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.

Dianne MacDonald (Director of Boarding)

Our Director of Boarding Dianne MacDonald has been involved with St Andrew’s College for many years as a staff member and parent. She is totally committed and dedicated to her role and is a passionate advocate for St Andrew’s. She believes boarding at St Andrew’s is a lifestyle, with many wonderful opportunities on offer for students. It brings her a great deal of pleasure to follow the transition of the boarders under the care of her boarding staff into fine young men and women.

Organising events and marketing the school and Boarding Houses are other key aspects of Dianne’s role, in addition to managing the staff and day-to-day running of the Boarding Houses.

Outside school, Dianne is fiercely family orientated, and as a true-born Nelsonian loves the sun, sea and surf. Travel, dining out and cooking are among her other interests, and she is an avid sports fan, following all codes, with rugby, cricket, tennis and netball her favourites.

Dianne is well known for her love of bright coloured fashion and shoes, and her favourite saying, ‘every day is a gift’, which is testament to the positive influence she has on the St Andrew’s boarding environment.

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From left:  Struan George, Lisa Laughlin, Maxine Shepherd, Dianne MacDonald, Ian White, Joanne Ah Kuoi,  Jo and Paul Morrow

Rutherford Boarding House

Ian White (House Manager)

Ian 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)

Maxine 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)

Jo 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)

Jo is in her fifth year as Assistant House Manager in Thompson House. 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)

Struan 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 a teacher of Physical Education and Health at St Andrew’s College and has been teaching for 16 years. 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)

Lisa has been at St Andrew's College for eight years 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. At St Andrew’s, Lisa is joined by her husband James, who is Head of Pipe Band Drumming at the College, and their young son Finn.