Thursday 24th February 2022

We are very fortunate to have four excellent new teachers this year. Here are their introductions in order from left to right as per the photo.

"Kia ora, my name is Lizzie Clark and I am thrilled to be teaching te reo Māori at John McGlashan. Previous to this position I was HOD of Languages at Bayfield High School. I am also working for the University of Otago College of Education as a 'Curriculum Teacher’, training new te reo Māori student teachers. Outside of mahi, I enjoy spending time with my whānau (my husband, Glen, and I have 2 young boys) and performing in musical theatre productions."

"Hello, my name is Mike Wesseling and I am teaching Mathematics here at John McGlashan. Previous to this I was at King’s High School for the past 8 years. Outside of work I play Ice Hockey and enjoy hunting."  

"Greetings, I’m Andrew Nicol and it’s a real privilege to be the new chaplain at John McGlashan. My family and I are enjoying re/discovering Ōtepoti after moving back here from Christchurch where I spent nine years as a Presbyterian minister. Charissa and I have four school aged children and I can often be found [vicariously] pursuing my sporting aspirations in their endeavours. Despite a faltering foray in the hospitality world, I’ve retained a fascination with food and my absolute favourite thing to do is cook for family and friends."

"Kia ora, my name is Ronny Kotkamp and it is great to be finally teaching in Dunedin, the city I grew up and was educated in. I am teaching Year 9 and 10 Science along with two Physical Education classes. Previous to this position I was at St Peter's College in Gore, teaching Physical Education and Health across the year groups and Year 10 Science. I was also the teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards and ran and organised the Year 8 and 10 EOTC Camps. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my whānau (my wife, Amanda, and my three children, two at Columba College and one in his 2nd year at Otago Polytechnic) and coaching/helping out with my family's many sporting commitments."