Waihi Teaching Staff


Name: Mr Allan Short
Position: Headmaster
Email: headmaster@waihi.school.nz

Allan, wife Kendra and their four children, Owen, Evie, Lachie and Leilani have been part of the Waihi family since 2012 when he became Waihi’s seventh Headmaster.  He is in his sixteenth year as a Headmaster and has lead schools in both the UK and New Zealand.  In addition to his passion for boys’ education, he has been asked to present at conferences on a variety of educational issues here and abroad.  With a mathematics and psychology degree it is no surprise that maths, developing cognitive skills and the mental wellbeing of the boys are some of his priorities.  He is a sportsman, narrowly avoiding a career as a professional footballer (by being not quite good enough he says!) and is a past New Zealand Correspondence Chess Champion.


Name: Mr Nathan Morland
Position:         Deputy Headmaster, Year 8 Teacher and Assistant Housemaster
Email: nm@waihi.school.nz

Nathan, Karen and their two young children Luc and Sophie live onsite.  Nathan is an experienced teacher who leads, amongst other things, the Literacy curriculum and is an enthusiastic advocate for boys’ reading.  As a sportsman, Nathan represented New Zealand at cricket and played for Otago for many years, his current sporting vice is cycling and he is our 1stXI cricket coach.  He is passionate about  boys only education  and making learning relevant for the individual.


Name: Mrs Patti Heffernan
Position:    Year 8 Teacher
Email: ph@waihi.school.nz

Patti is an experienced Year 8 teacher who has curriculum strengths in maths, literacy and PE.  She is passionate about boys developing confidence in their learning so they can achieve across the spectrum of education.  In addition to her general classroom experience, she has been involved in many extra-curricular areas such as sports coaching and drama/ production.  Patti, her husband Stephen and two children, Hannah and Daniel, enjoy life on their farm in Levels Valley. 


Name: Mrs Leonie Lennox
Position:          Year 8 Teacher
Email: ll@waihi.school.nz

Leonie and Patti are sharing responsibility for 8HL this year in what is a formidable team! Leonie has twenty years of teaching experience, including four years as a Principal in Johannesburg, South Africa. With her husband Russel they have responsibility for our Pyne  House boarders and have created a wonderful family environment for our Waihi boys.


Name: Mr Sean Worthington
Position:    Year 7 Teacher and Assistant Housemaster
Email: sw@waihi.school.nz

Sean, Robyn and their three young children, McKenzie, Matteo and Franki, will join us onsite in 2019.  Sean moves from Cowan House Prep School in South Africa where he held several management responsibilities including Director of Sport.  We are looking forward to his experience and enthusiasm impacting on all of the boys here at Waihi.


Name: Mr Russel Lennox
Position:         Year 7 Teacher, Housemaster and Director of Sport
Email: rl@waihi.school.nz

Russel, Leonie and their three children; Riley, Ella and Cassidy, arrived at Waihi from Johannesburg, South Africa last year and have made a big impression on us all. Russel was a keen schoolboy sportsman, playing tennis and cricket, as well as representing his province in hockey.  Russel has a passion for boys-school education and  believes in the importance of teaching children grit, resilience and self-confidence.


Name: Mrs Colleen Suddaby
Position:    Year 6 Teacher
Email: cs@waihi.school.nz

This is Colleen’s fourth year at Waihi teaching our junior boys. She is a vastly experienced primary school teacher and as the mother of three young sons knows exactly what makes boys tick and how to get the best out of them.  A past New Zealand hockey international, she is just as enthusiastic about her sports coaching (heading the South Canterbury Hatch Cup team last year), as she is about making a difference for each of our boys at Waihi in the classroom.  Colleen is our ‘artist in residence’ too!


Name: David Faulkner
Position:    Year 4/5 Teacher
Email: df@waihi.school.nz

Dave started at Waihi in 2017 teaching one of our Year 7 classes, after 18 years in Christchurch as a classroom teacher at The Cathedral Grammar School. Last year he moved to the Junior School and brings a multitude of strengths both inside and outside of the classroom to share with the boys. He has a deep interest in pastoral care and student welfare and a great sense of humour!  Originally from South Canterbury, Dave is enjoying living ‘back home’ with his wife Becky and two children, Lucy and Charlie.


Name: Mr Serge Snel
Position:    Science Teacher and Assistant Housemaster
Email: ss@waihi.school.nz

Serge, wife Anne-Wil, young son Mees and the family dogs join the Waihi residential family this year.  It would be fair to say that if we took a poll of the boys, Science would probably be top of the ‘most fun’ lessons list.  Serge has taught Science to university entrance level, both in his home country The Netherlands and in New Zealand and now is responsible for igniting the enthusiasm in our young boys.  Serge is also an experienced swim coach who has worked with Dutch international swimmers .


Name: Mrs Becky Faulkner
Position:   Learning Support Teacher
Email: bf@waihi.school.nz

Becky joined our team in 2018 in the role of Learning Support Coordinator.  Becky is an experienced primary teacher who taught in Christchurch for many years and has also trained and worked as a reading recovery teacher.  In recent years Becky was involved in the home-schooling community in Christchurch, during this time she developed a particular interest in learning differences.  In 2017, Becky completed study in Specific Learning Difficulties through SPELD New Zealand 


 Name: Mr Rohan Brighouse
Position:    Director of Outdoor Education
Email: rb@waihi.school.nz

Rohan started at Waihi in 2017, returning home to New Zealand after a lengthy period of service overseas. He has vast experiences in the areas of personal training, outdoor education and in recent years was Head of PE and Forest School education at a Prep school in the U.K. Rohan implemented the new ‘Waihi Wilderness’ initiative giving all boys experiences which include Outdoor Education, Forest School, Farm-to-Fork Ag and Community Service. In addition, he has coached swimming, tennis and 1st XV Rugby.


Name: Mr Al and Mrs Sheryl Bradley
Position:   Directors of Music
Email: music@waihi.school.nz

As Directors of Music, Al and Sheryl lead another successful year of all things music at Waihi in 2018, incorporating Choir and Brotherhood; teaching music to all boys; coordinating the peripatetic music staff and music performances; ran house music and small groups/bands; and acted as musical directors for our annual production. They are well known to most local families, having tutored many boys at Waihi over the past few years, in addition to having their own music company based in Timaru.


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