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


Shirley James


My name is Shirley James, I am married with two adult children and four grandchildren. I work at Adams House Christchurch Boys High as the Manager of the Boarding House alongside the Head of Boarding Rhys Archibald. I have been here for 28 years now and love every minute of it. It’s one of those jobs that not everyone could do or even understand. I started at the hostel as a cleaner which lasted a few months then I moved into the kitchen as a kitchen hand. I always thought while working in there with the then Matron/cook that I could do that job and probably do it better so when the opportunity came along I took it and applied, and the rest is history as they say. I feel very lucky and privileged to be doing something that I love and that I’m so passionate about. I thoroughly enjoy working with the boys and their families and have built some great relationships over the years.

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

I have been enjoying my position on the NZBSA Executive over the many years I have been on the committee, 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 not only in Christchurch but the whole of New Zealand and abroad

If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me, my details are below, and I look forward to being able to assist you

Shirley James

Adams House Manager

Christchurch Boys High


Jon McDowall

Deputy Rector - St Bede's College, Christchurch

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.

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.

Ally Patterson

Assistant Principal - Boarding

Matthew Davidson

Hostel Manager - Palmerston North Boys' High School

My name is Matthew Davidson and I am currently the Hostel Manager of College House – the boarding establishment of Palmerston North Boys’ High School.  This is a position that I have held since 2014 after fulfilling the role of Assistant Manager for the previous two years.

During my 18 years of teaching service, I have spent 11 of these years within the boarding environment.  During this time, I have continued to develop programmes, systems and structures within boarding to ensure that the boarders under my care thrive in a safe environment.

The management of any boarding environment comes with its own challenges, especially in the ever-changing needs of boarders.  However, the rewards that come through witnessing first-hand the development of the young men in our care makes this position extremely satisfying.  I am passionate about providing an environment where young men can meet their academic potential and the life skills required to be an excellent contributor to society once leaving the school gates.

I live at College House with my wife Tracey and my son, Ollie.  In my downtime I manage the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Hockey Team who have just returned from a successful tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

It would be a privilege to be involved with the NZBSA Executive to share my experience gained from many years involved in boarding.

Daniel Mitchell

Deputy Principal - King's College, Auckland