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Boarding Staff

Nicky Langley – Director of Boarding

The best part of my day is the time I have with my girls. I am Nicky Langley and I have been a member of the St Margaret’s Boarding Community for seven years. My home is in Kilburn House where I reside with my partner Tony, children, Hannah and Mitchell and our dogs Monty and Pepper. My work life is busy and noisy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the laughter, fun and joy of life with the girls and appreciate the privilege of being a part of their lives. Our boarding community is a nurturing, warm home away from home. I am very proud of my team and the wonderful qualities they each bring to their roles.

Jean Thomson – Middle School Boarding Manager 

Hi my name is Jean Thomson , 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 Andrews College where I looked after the junior boys. It’s a real privilege 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 have two daughters Laura who is married with two gorgeous girls and Lucy who lives in the UK and is a St Margaret’s Old Girl.

Paula Moore – Catering Manager

I have been involved with Boarding and the Catering department for 18 years the last 8 years as Catering Manager. I love seeing the girls come into boarding and grow into wonderful confidant young ladies. When I’m not cooking I love to hang out with my 5 year old Leah and my husband Kevin. I have a twin sister called Kay. We enjoy spending time out doors. My hobbies include gardening, traveling and shoe shopping!!

Jenny Mehlopt – Assistant House Manager, Middle School Boarding

My name is Jenny Mehlhopt and I help to run Julius House year  7 to 10 girls. I look forward to coming to work each night to hear about their days and generally be there to help and support girls. I am mum to two very busy sporting teenage boys who keep me on my toes each day so it is refreshing to spend my evenings with the girls.

Chelsea Blair – Assistant House Manager, Senior Boarding

My name is Chelsea Blair and I am relatively new to St. Margaret’s, starting earlier this year. I am the Assistant House Manager of senior boarding and I directly look after the year 13s. At the end of 2014 I completed my BSc in Psychology (Hons) at Otago University. During my last year of study I bravely took on a RA role at University College (UniCol), which was a great experience. While I am really enjoying this role in the boarding house and being around the girls, I love finding time to do some baking and spend time with my animals.

Janelle Atkinson – Julius House Weekend Supervisor

My name is Janelle Atkinson and I have been the Julius house weekend supervisor for the last three years living on site with my dog Buttons who often comes to work with me.

Before working at St Margaret’s College I graduated from Aoraki Polytechnic with a diploma in Beauty Therapy. I’m currently studying Childcare through TeKura Correspondence school. In my spare time I enjoy cooking for my family and friends and travelling to new places. One of the things I love about my job is taking the girls to places or doing things that they haven’t done before and seeing them excited about experiencing new things.

Maree – Kilburn House Weekend Supervisor

Hi, my name is Maree and I’m the weekend Supervisor in the Senior house and I’m responsible for the Year 11-13’s. The pastoral care of our girls is very important to me in my role and I value the time I spend with them and the wonderful relationships that are formed. I live on site with my dog Charlie who enjoys coming to the office and being patted and spoilt by the boarders!

Belinda Dryden – Kilburn Prep Supervisor

My name is Belinda Dryden. I am the Prep Supervisor within Kilburn House. Here I am able to provide assistance to the year 11 and 12 girls with their homework, which I find very rewarding.   I was also a boarder at St Margaret’s for five years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am currently in my first year of University, studying Primary teaching. Last year I was working as a rowing coach, teacher aid and boarding house supervisor in York, England.

Claudia Button – Julius House Prep Supervisor

Hi I’m Claudia Button! I’m an ex-student from St Margaret’s and lived in the boarding house from 2011-2015. I’m currently studying Natural Resource Engineering at the University of Canterbury. I am loving being back at SMC helping out the Julius House girls.

Casey Davis – Boarding Supervisor

During my 1 and a half years working in the Kilburn Boarding House I have had two roles. I started as a Prep tutor (2015) and have now become the Year 11 Superviser (2016). One of the things I really like about my job is how I get to form special relationships with the girls – I am continually learning from the girls and they learn from me as well. I really love that I can be a part of supporting them to grow as young women and help instill lifelong values that can be used when they continue on in their life after school. I attend the University of Canterbury and am in my 3rd and final year of my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, majoring in Education. I am from Kaikoura, so my hobbies revolve a lot around spending time at home at the beach with family and friends.

Colleen Luiseti – Boading Supervisor

My name is Colleen Luisetti and I am currently the Year 12 Boarding Supervisor in Kilburn House. I am an old girl at St. Margaret’s and am currently studying towards a double degree in Law and Science. My hobbies include music, drama and performing all of which I was involved in when I was at St. Margaret’s.

Georgina Harnett – Julius House Prep Supervisor

I started working at St Margaret’s in 2015 and have enjoyed every moment of it. In particular, being a past SMC broader, I like how supportive the boarding community is for every girl. I really enjoy watching the girls develop new and old friendships, gain skills and confidence as they move on to the Senior Boarding house.

At the end of 2016, I will have finished a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Public Health and Health Education at University of Canterbury. I am going to continue my studies in 2017 aiming to gain a Masters of Health Science and Bachelor of Nursing degree.