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Mrs Sam Michau

Acting Principal & Deputy Head, Base Class Teacher: 8, Year 7 & 8 English, Year 8 Science, Learning Support

Sam is from the UK, where she studied at Oxford University before finding her way into teaching. She holds a MA (Oxon), BA (Hons), PGCE, as well as a Diploma in Marketing of Independent Schools. Experience in a variety of state and independent schools led to leadership positions, and ultimately the headship of a girls' prep school in Kent, England. The decision to move to New Zealand in 2016 was prompted by her three grown-up children coming here to live and study. Sam is loving exploring and learning more about NZ when she is not at work –  mountains, rivers, beaches, caves, bush ... she's doing it all! Her motto is 'Have a go, or you'll never know'. As well as being Deputy Head at St George's, currently Sam teaches predominantly English, Science and Sport.


Mrs Paula Conder

Base Class Teacher 8: Year 7 & 8 Maths, Year 8 ICT & PE, Learning Support

Paula has been part of St George's School since 2005. During this time she has fulfilled many roles including teaching mathematics, PE, technology, art and humanities. Paula has a passion for numeracy and sport. She enjoys seeing students grow and develop into life long learners. Before starting at St George's Paula taught in a number of state intermediate schools and raised 3 busy boys. Paula holds a Diploma of Teaching. When she isn't at school, Paula can be found hanging out with her husband Rob and her awesome boys. She loves the outdoors and enjoys running and athletics.



Mr Mannie Marara

Base Class Teacher 7: Year 2-8 PE, Year 5-7 ICT, Year 7-8 Technology, Year 7 PRS

Originally from Zimbabwe, Mannie has worked in the independent and state school systems in Africa and the UK. Mannie came to St George’s in 2010 after 10 years working in Sussex at an independent boarding school. Mannie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher status. Outside of school, Mannie enjoys reading, spending time with family, attending church activities and keeping physically active.    




Mrs Sue van Dort

Base Class Teacher 5/6: Year 5-8 Science, Year 5&6 Art, PRS, Learning Support

Sue has been in the teaching profession for over 30 years in various roles, from full time-swimming coach to part time language teacher. Her teaching has developed in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia; in mostly independent schools. Sue has been at St George’s since 2004. She has a Bachelor of Primary Education and is fluent in three languages. Spending time with her family, reading, cooking and friends keep Sue fulfilled outside of school.




Mrs Alanah O'Neill

Base Class Teacher 5/6: Year 5&6 Maths, English, PE, Humanities, Learning Support 

Alanah returned to New Zealand to join the St George’s team at the beginning of 2017 after living and working in London. She has experience teaching in both private and state education. Alanah studied at Canterbury University where she gained a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. She is passionate about empowering young learners to become confident and successful in all learning areas. Outside of school, Alanah enjoys travelling, playing sport and spending time with family and friends



Ms Jacoba Glenny

Base Class Teacher 2/3/4: Year 2/3/4 English, Maths, PRS, ICT, and Inquiry, Learning Support

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” - Roald Dahl

Jacoba has been a part of the St George's Team since 2015. Qualified with a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary, a Diploma in Education Studies, and a Certificate of Applied Visual Imaging, Jacoba is passionate about educating and empowering the lives of those she teaches.



Ms Liz Newton 

Year 2-8 Music, Year 7-8 French & Art, Learning Support

Liz has been teaching for 19 years and has experience in the primary and secondary field. She has taught in independent and state schools in the UK, Kuwait, Germany and New Zealand.Liz has been teaching Music at St George's for a total of four years and Art and French for two years.  Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree in Music and a degree in Primary Education. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing the violin and piano, swimming, running and snowboarding.



Mrs Mandy Cresswell

Years 2-8 Te Reo Maori

Tēnei taku mihi ki a koutou! Greetings to you all.

Mandy has been a teacher for 25 years, and in this time, has taught all age groups from 5-18. Mandy gained a degree in English and History at Canterbury University and a Teaching Diploma at Christchurch Teacher's College. She taught Secondary School English for many years but now enjoys teaching Te Reo Māori. Her passion for Te Ao Māori/The Māori World started at Teacher's College and she is proud of having achieved a conversational fluency in Te Reo Māori as an adult. She has been the Te Reo Māori teacher at St George's for 7 years , instituting the start of school pōwhiri and the annual whole school trip to Pūtiki Marae. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys socialising with friends and whānau, music, reading, movies and food.


Mrs Sonya Judson

Nineteen years ago in the midst of raising children, Sonya completed a Bachelor of Education at Auckland University. She then went on teach Year 5 at St Mary’s School in Auckland and has since taught in private and public schools. Sonya taught a year 1-2 class and a year 3- 4 class at Our Lady’s School in East Melbourne for the past 5 years, before returning to New Zealand, to her husband’s home town of Whanganui. Sonya has always continued to undertake professional development to enhance the context of her teaching environment. Recent study has included the Classroom Promotion of Oral Language, a framework of learning, providing increased success in literacy through oral language development. The Kids Matter program, giving children strategies for emotional development in key areas, such as resilience and getting along with others. Restorative Justice, which provides strategies for positive consequences for students. Focusing on empowering the student to see their own uniqueness, and that every student is amazing in their own way. It is a priority for Sonya; that every student is valued, and has ongoing success as a learner.


Mrs Jacquie Jones

Office Administrator  Ph 06 349 0298

Jacquie joined the team in 2012, and is the friendly voice you hear on the end of the phone, as well as the smiling face you first see when you visit St George’s. As our Office Administrator, Jacquie’s role ranges from supporting the Headmaster in the daily running of the school, right through to sticking bandaids on a grazed knee. Outside of work Jacquie loves spending time with family and friends, as well as yoga and walking.




Rev. Guy Savage

School Chaplain

Guy has taught English in secondary schools for 30 years, both state and private, in New Zealand, England and the Cook Islands. In 2013 he retrained and entered ordained ministry, becoming the Chaplain to St. George’s School and Wanganui Collegiate in mid-2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Theology and a Diploma in Teaching. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, walking, reading, trout fishing and deer stalking.


Mrs Karen Ellingham

Marketing Development Officer

Karen joined the St George’s team in the final term of 2017 as our Marketing Development Officer. Qualified with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration, Karen’s background has predominantly been in the Financial Services industry where she spent a large proportion of her career living and working in London, UK, using it as a base to tick many travel destinations off her bucket list. A recent returner to Wanganui with her young family, Karen is enjoying being back at St George’s in her Marketing role, nearly 3 decades since leaving the school as a pupil. Outside of work Karen enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family and friends, eating good food, and attempting to stay fit.


Mrs Lynn Dent

After School Care  

Lynn does a wonderful job of running our After School Care Programme from 3:00pm - 5:30pm each day. She has worked in this role for the past 4 years, and is a fantastic support to all students and staff. 


Mr Brian Davies

Technology Assistant  


Miss Krissy Adlam

School Cleaner  


Mr Bruce Butters

Waverley Bus Driver