Dee Guillemot- Rodgerson

Director of Boarding at Acland House

Dee Guillemot- Rodgerson – Director of Boarding at Acland House, Christchurch Girls’ High School.  My first job in boarding was at Rangi Ruru Girls’  School as a House Tutor while I was studying.  I first started at Acland in 1997 (my favourite line to the girls is “ back in the 1900’s we didn’t let you do that”), so with being involved in boarding in some way for the last 20 years I’m pretty sure the girls here think I am 108!  I resigned from Acland when my marriage split and spent three years looking after my two boys, Joshua (20years), Xavier (13 years) before returning to Acland at the beginning of 2008.  During those three years I owned a fitness centre with my sister and brother-in-law and was also a Regional Co-ordinator for the EF Student Exchange Program.  I am a keen sports fan and played representative hockey, softball & rugby, and still thoroughly enjoying watching most sports.

Since 1995, when I began in boarding, I have known this was the career path I wanted to take.  I am very passionate about the future of boarding in NZ, Professional Development for staff and creating an even more supportive network for staff at all levels.  My eldest son Joshua, attended a boarding school in the States from age 14. This has enabled me to see things from a parent’s perspective which has been invaluable in my role at Acland and has helped with some overseas contacts. Looking globally at boarding is something I intend to pursue to observe overseas trends.  As most of us do I love talking to staff from around NZ and looking at how different hostels run and learning from others in our profession.

I am still excited about my role with NZBSA after three years and l am looking forward to hearing from everyone about their needs and what improvements they think we can make as an organisation.

Please contact me on with anything I can help with and I look forward to working with everyone.

Shirley James


My name is Shirley James I am married with two adult children and one grandchild. I work at Adams House Christchurch Boys High as the Matron/PA to Mr Taylor. I have been here for 22 years (wow that’s a long time).I started as a cleaner then moved into the kitchen as a kitchen hand which I enjoyed and luckily I ended up as the Matron which I absolutely love and couldn’t imagine doing anything else and wouldn’t want to. It’s the most rewarding job to have and I feel very lucky to be doing something that I love. I thoroughly enjoy working with the boys and their families

I grew up with 7 brothers and thankfully 1 sister so I’m more than aware of how boys work and what their needs and wants are. I’m confident I relate to them well and it’s a matter of finding some common ground that works for everyone

I have been enjoying my position on the NZBSA Executive over the past few years, it adds another dimension to my role here at Adams House and it’s a great way to have contact with other boarding schools and staff throughout New Zealand.

If I can help you in anyway please feel free to contact me on the contact details below at anytime

Shirley James

Adams House Matron

Christchurch Boys High

Jon McDowall

Hostel Manager at St Peter's College, Gore

I am married to Jade with three children Ella, Cooper and Molly. I come
from an education background having completed a Bachelor of Education and
Dip of Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University. I started my
career as a teacher of Physical Education and moved into the role of
Hostel Manger 5 years ago at St Peter’s College in Gore. Currently to
broaden my knowledge base I am completing a Masters in Educational
Administration and Leadership via extramural studies at Massey University.
Having never been in boarding prior to my current role I had no idea of
the significant role boarding played in the lives of students. Five years
on I can say that I have a new appreciation and value boarding as a
significant and important avenue for many students. Being on the executive enables me to not only upskill my professional knowledge but also to help others within the industry to create a sustainable future for boarding students and schools of New Zealand. I have undertaken some consultancy work in boarding schools this year and have enjoyed the opportunity to extend my knowledge to others new to the industry.
I have particular interest in ensuring their are pathways for all staff in
boarding in terms of profesional development and look forward to working with the boarding community to help meet the needs of  those from the bottom up.

Andrew Levenger

Boarding Housemaster

Andrew has been a Boarding Housemaster at Christ’s College for the past two years and before then was a Boarding Housemaster at Repton Dubai. He began his boarding experience in his previous role as Assistant Boarding Housemaster at Ardingly College in the UK where he held the role (as well as that of Head of Hockey and Commonroom Bar Manager!) for over three years. He is a passionate believer in boarding and has completed several qualifications in the area whilst in the UK. He is currently in preparation for taking on the role of boarding activities coordinator at Christ’s and is looking forward to having a positive impact in the boarding experience of the boys for the foreseeable future.

Karen Lapslie

Dean of Boarding at St Matthew’s Collegiate School in Masterton

My name is Karen Lapslie and I am the Dean of Boarding at St Matthew’s Collegiate School in Masterton. This is my seventh year in the position.  We are an integrated Anglican all girls boarding school. 

I thoroughly enjoy my job, the boarders and the environment.  My philosophy of providing our girls with  “ a home away from home” underpins every decision and any changes I may make.  Being in the position of looking after other people’s children, their health and well being, is a huge responsibility and needs to be taken seriously by us all.  Being a Dean of Boarding is a very challenging and rewarding occupation.  Without a team of committed and hard working House Managers my job would be far more difficult. No two days are ever the same – it’s wonderful.

I have a Degree in Social Science and a Duty of Care certificate and I look forward to further study in the future. I previously worked for 15 years at Child, Youth and Family, fostered several children and hosted many AFC students.  I am married with three grown up children and two gorgeous grandsons.  In my spare time I read, garden, travel, walk and swim.  My main passion is my family and friends.

I am excited at the prospect of being part of the Executive team of the New Zealand Boarding Schools Association.  I would bring a grassroots perspective and good organisational skills to the team and along with a passion for boarding  believe I would help to make a difference.

Julie Hogg

Director of Boarding at St Cuthbert’s College

1Julie Hogg   BA, Dip Ed, Dip Tchg, Grad Cert Career Development

My current position is Director of Boarding at St Cuthbert’s College, an Independent Christian day and boarding school for girls in Auckland. I was appointed to the position in 2008 and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Boarders, and their parent s and guardians, to ensure the boarding experience meets the varied needs of the whole boarding community. Our Boarding House caters for 125 boarders from Year 7 to Year 13 and we have 3 separate Houses. I have had a long association with the education sector, with 36 years experience teaching in the primary and secondary sectors, including seven years as Director of Careers in a secondary school.  I have also had experience as a company director and am familiar with current business practices.

I am married with three children, two sons and a daughter and I reside between a residence on the College site and our family home on a lifestyle block north-west of Auckland. My interests include travel, exercise and reading. I also have a keen interest in high performance sport and was a member of the athlete support team for the NZ Olympic teams for the Beijing and London games. 

The challenges facing Boarding schools in the current environment are well-documented and I feel we need to be constantly reviewing our practice, through critical inquiry, and altering our programmes to meet the ever changing demographics and needs of our Boarders.  I would like to see professional development more affordable, and more readily available, to a larger number of staff within our Boarding Houses.

I feel I have the passion, expertise and knowledge to make a valuable contribution on the NZBSA Executive team, should I be elected to the position. It would be a privilege to be involved in setting the strategic direction for Boarding schools within New Zealand and to support other member schools.