Waihi Teaching Staff


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

Allan, wife Kendra and their four children have been at the centre of the onsite Waihi family since 2012 when he became Waihi’s seventh Headmaster.  He is in his fourteenth 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
Email: nm@waihi.school.nz

Nathan, Karen and their two young children 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: Mr Hayden Shaw
Position: Year 7 Teacher
Email: hs@waihi.school.nz

Hayden, Jo and their three young children also live onsite.  Hayden has a responsibility for our inquiry-learning programme and has helped develop our new PE and Health curriculum.  He is passionate about the wellbeing of our boys and has used his experience as an Olympic athlete and international sportsman to help boys develop their resilience and improve their mental health. Hayden is our 1stXI hockey and South Canterbury Hatch Cup coach and he enjoys keeping fit by playing hockey locally.


Name: Mr Russel Lennox
Position: Year 7 Class Teacher
Email: rl@waihi.school.nz

Russel, Leonie and their three children; Riley, Ella and Cassidy, arrived at Waihi from Johannesburg, South Africa.  Russel has been teaching for 19 years, most recently as Director of Sport at St Stithians Boys’ Preparatory School. 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 third year at Waihi teaching our Year 6 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.  Another 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 Year 6 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. This year he moves 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 Mark West
Position: Science Teacher
Email: mw@waihi.school.nz

Mark is another Englishman, and with wife Marie and two young boys, another resident Waihi family.  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.  Mark has taught Science to university entrance level and now is responsible for igniting the enthusiasm in our young boys.  Like most chemists, he enjoys ‘blowing things up’ and as you can imagine that goes down well with the boys!  Mark also teaches robotics and is coach of the 1st XI football team.


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

This year we welcome Becky to our team as she takes over 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 has been 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 Sport and Outdoor Education
Email: rb@waihi.school.nz

Rohan started at Waihi last year, 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 lead the new ‘Waihi Wilderness’ initiative last year giving all boys experiences which include Outdoor Education, Forest School, Farm-to-Fork Ag and Community Service. In addition, he 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 a successful year of all things music at Waihi in 2017, 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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