There are many people working in our Member Schools who have served their school community in different roles over many years, making a significant long-term contribution to the life of their school. At ISNZ, we like to celebrate the commitment of these long-standing staff members.
Kevin Taylor, Saint Kentigern College
Kevin Taylor has given 30 years of service to Saint Kentigern College. He joined the College in February 1988 as a ‘Form 1’ (Year 7) teacher, and in the intervening 30 years, he has impacted positively on the learning, growth and character of countless young students in his care.
In 2005, Kevin was appointed as Head of Year 7 & 8, overseeing the pastoral wellbeing and academic progress of both girls and boys at these year levels. This is a role he continued when the College transitioned from a single College to separate Middle and Senior Colleges at the start of 2017.
Kevin has had many significant additional roles over the years including Teacher in Charge of Tennis for a number of seasons, and since 2001 he has been the College Bus Coordinator, organising the smooth flow of students on and off campus each day. The annual Year 7 camp is a highlight for all students and this is a result of his leadership and organisation.
Kevin is highly respected by staff and students alike and his calm manner, wisdom and compassion is greatly appreciated within our College Community. Saint Kentigern College thanks him for his 30 years of dedicated service and looks forward to his continuing contribution to the life of the College.
Having begun her teaching career in New Zealand, including teaching the Gifted and Talented Science programme at Sunnynook Primary in Auckland, Catherine taught in England before returning home to join the pioneering group of teachers and parents who created Pinehurst in 1991. As a foundation teacher, Ms Jones-Hill has had the opportunity to see Pinehurst develop from the original three classes into the world class, full Year 1-13 co-educational school that it is today.
Catherine has extensive experience working with the Cambridge Curriculum (CIE) including introducing the Cambridge Science Curriculum to Years 4 - 6 and the English and Maths Curriculum to Year 3. An experienced teacher at all levels of Primary from New Entrants through to Year 6, Catherine has taught and been involved with a number of specialist areas including Primary Science specialist, Group Support Programme (Junior College) Head of Junior Primary, PE and Music teacher Year 1 and 2.
Devoted to children's participation in team sports and physical fitness, she is passionate about netball and has coached netball, basketball and hockey teams including mentoring at ‘Kidzplay’ netball on a Saturday. Catherine has helped Year 1 netball teams with the development of their skills and fitness in addition to mentoring beginner netball umpires through running training courses and providing on court support.
Pinehurst School thanks Catherine for her 28 years of dedicated service; helping students achieve their very best in all areas of the school; supporting and empowering the parents and staff and for her commitment to the wider school community.