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Boarding Staff

Mary Quinn – Senior Assistant Boarding House Manager
When I started at St Margaret’s I was the Day Supervisor, having moved back down to Christchurch from Hamilton and then moved onto being the Weekend Supervisor before taking on my current position. I can be found most mornings and afternoons at Kilburn and I live on-site by the Cranmer girls. Life in the boarding house is amazing, there are never two days the same and it is a privilege to be part of the girl’s lives, the good and the bad times and to watch the girls develop into young women ready to take on the world. Having been a boarder myself (not at St Margaret’s) and having four children who all attended boarding school, there’s not much that surprises me.

Jean Thomson – Middle School Boarding House Manager
I’m passionate about youth and I love my job. I’ve worked in boarding both in one of the top schools in the UK and here in New Zealand. I was previously at St Andrew’s College where I looked after the junior boys. It’s a real privilege and honour to be asked to look after someone else’s children, and something I take exceptionally seriously. I try to make the boarding house atmosphere to be like a home away from home, somewhere the girls feel they can relax and feel safe. I live with my partner Stu and dog Perkins. I have two daughters Laura who is married and Lucy who is a St Margaret’s Old Girl, they have also given me three adorable grandchildren between them whom I adore. 

Jenny Melhopt – Assistant Middle School Boarding House Manager
I live with my husband and a small dog (Charley) and our two cats. I have two grown sons who have moved away from home. I really enjoy coming to work each day to help with the daily life of our lovely girls. My days are spent walking with Charley, cooking and a little spot of shopping.

Angela Davidson – Day Matron
I love my job and feel very fortunate to be here to nurture and support all the lovely boarders during the day if they need me. Every day is different and there is always something going on, I am here to care for the girls if they are sick, if they are homesick, organise taxis or they may just need a chat. My role is varied and I can turn my hand to anything! I am also here to support the parents and families if they have any questions, need to drop off anything during the day or I can assist parents in finding someone they wish to speak to at school. My family has been part of the St Margaret’s school community for the last eight years, we have had two daughters attending the school- our youngest is currently in Year 12. Our girls have been actively involved in rowing and many other sports. Our eldest daughter was a boarder and I was also a boarder myself so I can relate to what the girls are experiencing! When I am not at school I am kept busy with our three children, their sports, especially rowing which we love! our lifestyle block outdoors, cooking and reading.

Hannah Langley – Senior Weekend Boarding Supervisor
This is my fourth year working at SMC and I am also an Old Girl of the school. I attend the University of Canterbury, studying health science and psychology. I have one semester to complete before working towards my Master’s degree, beginning in 2022. I am a passionate artist and love spending time with the girls helping them with their homework or just chatting. I enjoy the rewards offered by this job, seeing the girls grow into successful and wonderful young women. 

Aimee Mills – Middle School Weekend Boarding Supervisor
I am an SMC Old Girl and it’s an honour to be back here as a mentor caring for the young boarders as they start their journey at St Margaret’s in the Middle School. I love taking the girls on fun activities during the weekend, such as going to the beach, horse riding, ice skating – the list goes on! My hobbies include singing and dancing (which you could definitely catch me doing in the house,) and cheerleading! I even earned myself a few World Championship medals before my return to St Margaret’s. I love getting to know all your wonderful daughters, and I absolutely love the SMC boarding family. 

Vicky Taggart – Year 11 Supervisor
I love my role here at St Margaret’s College, it’s a pleasure to be a part of the girls’ journey as they progress into confident young women. Our time is full of lots of fun and many laughs while supporting the girls along the way. At the end of 2020, I completed a Bachelor of Sports Coaching majoring in Leadership and sports management. I am continuing my studies and currently studying towards a graduate diploma in Primary Teaching. I am passionate about my sport and coach both rowing and netball.

Courtney Thomson – Year 12 Supervisor
Currently, I am studying primary teaching at the University of Canterbury. Blenheim is my hometown so in my spare time I like to head back up there to see my family and friends. One thing I love about my job is having the opportunity to support and build strong connections with the girls.

Georgia Hardy – Prep Tutor
I am an SMC Old Girl and finished in 2019, I am now studying to be a primary school teacher at the University of Canterbury. I love being able to work alongside the girls and helping them with their homework and any questions they have about the school. While at school I spent a lot of my free time in the dance studio. It is a pleasure being able to work alongside the girls and help them settle into SMC.

Thalia McPhillips – Prep Tutor
I’m currently in my final year of a Bachelors in Design specialising in Visual Communication Design at Ara and loving it! I’ve also started to do some content writing for a few small businesses with some design work on the side. I started at SMC this year and have really enjoyed my time so far. A lot of my spare time revolves around spending time with family and friends! 

Paula Moore – Catering Manager
I’ve been in the SMC catering and boarding community for over 20 years. I still get excited every time we make a new food item and I hear and see the girls enjoying it. What an amazing job I have. I work alongside a talented team of people in the catering department that I’m proud to be a part of. In my spare time, I love to grow succulents, hang out with my delightful 10-year-old daughter Leah and husband Kevin. We go for walks with our dog Lucky, a very playful black Labrador.