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 triathlon and he is our 1stXI cricket coach.  He is passionate about boys only education and making learning relevant for the individual.



Name: Mr Hayden Shaw
Position: Year 8 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: David Faulkner
Position: Year 7 Teacher
Email: df@waihi.school.nz

After 18 years in Christchurch as a classroom teacher at The Cathedral Grammar School, the boys and staff know how lucky we are to have Dave join us here at Waihi. Dave 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, he is moving ‘back home’ with his wife Becky and two children Lucy and Charlie.


Name: Mrs Colleen Suddaby
Position: Year 4/5/6 Teacher
Email: cs@waihi.school.nz

Colleen is the new teacher on the team this year so we haven’t given her too many jobs yet!  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 as she is about making a difference for each of our youngest boys at Waihi in the classroom.  Colleen is our ‘artist in residence’ too!



Name: Mrs Michelle Bransden
Position: Junior Class Teacher
Email: mb@waihi.school.nz

Having worked part-time to support Colleen Suddaby with the growth in numbers in our Junior School during 2016, we are delighted that Michelle has accepted a full time position. Michelle is an experienced teacher who has returned home to South Canterbury this year after ten years away teaching both in New Zealand and overseas. She has curriculum strengths in literacy and numeracy and has been a lead primary teacher in both science and technology. Her passions include dance, drama and the arts. She will be leading our IT curriculum in 2017.



Name: Mr Mark West
Position: Science Teacher
Email: mw@waihi.school.nz

Mark is another recently arrived 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 Jan Meldrum
Position: Learning Support Teacher
Email: jm@waihi.school.nz

For the past dozen years ‘Mrs Meldrum’ has given young Waihians the confidence to believe they can achieve more than they thought themselves capable of.  Jan works with individuals, small groups and teaching staff, identifying learning needs and providing support.  Most recently she has introduced the Feuerstein programme to our boys, an educational method that teaches students the process behind thinking and learning skills in an organised, structured way.



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

Rohan has returned 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 is leading a new ‘Waihi Wilderness’ initiative this year giving all boys experiences which include Outdoor Education, Forest School, Farm-to-Fork Ag and Community Service. In addition, he will coach swimming, tennis and 1st XV Rugby.


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

This year we welcome Al and Sheryl as Directors of Music.  They are well known to the Waihi family having tutored many boys over the past few years, in addition to having their own music company based in Timaru.  We are delighted that they are working with us and they will lead Choir and Brotherhood; teach music to all boys; coordinate the peripatetic music staff and music performances; run house music and small groups/bands; and act as musical directors for the annual production … phew!


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