B.A (ED),  Physical Education UPE
Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education
20 + years teaching experience

3 years SAAF (South African Air Force)



Deputy Principal Level 2, Teacher of Physical Education – TYRON MONTGOMERY

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, Massey University
Post Grad Diploma in Education, Auckland University of Technology

6 years of teaching experience

Deputy Principal Level 3, Head of Defense Force Studies, Teacher of Physical Training - JEREMY HEDLEY

Aircraft Engineer Certificate, RNZAF
National Certificate in Carpentry, BCITO

7 years engineering and construction experience
9 years youth education experience
10+ years of teaching experience


Deputy Principal Level 1, Teacher of Mathematics, Recruit Development Course and Physical Training - SAM COOKE

Bachelor of Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Paisley, Scotland

15+ years of teaching experience

Head of English – ELISE MACADAM

Bachelor of Social Science, (Hons) Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

20+ years of teaching experience

Head of Engineering – JOHN WILSON

Masters in Educational Leadership (MEdL) - Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Postgraduate Diploma in school management (PGDipSM)- UNITEC
Diploma of Teaching (DipTchg) - Auckland College of Education
Cert CIMCAD Management
Advanced Trade Certificate - Boilermaking and Boilermaking and Welding

20+ Years teaching experience

Head of Biology & Science – QUENTIN OPPERMAN

B.Ed Degree (Snr. & F.E.T phase) North West University, South Africa
B.Ed Hons. Degree (Educational Management, Law and Systems)

3 year Hostel S.S.T. (Hostel Father)

10+ years of teaching experience

Head of History, Teacher of Recruit Development Course – PATRICK GRIBBLE

Bachelor of Arts, Auckland University
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

15+ years teaching experience

Head of Te Reo Maori, Teacher of Recruit Development and Physical Training – ANDRE TAIKATO

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Maori Development, AUT
National Diploma in Business
National Certificates in Te Reo Maori (Te Wananga Takiura & Te Ataarangi)
National Certificate in Education
National Certificate First Line Management

17 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)
3 years Military Instructor experience (education)
3 years of teaching experience

Teacher of Physical Education - KRYSTLE SHEEHY

Bachelor of Human Performance
Post Graduate Secondary Education - Health and Physical Education

15 years of teaching experience

Teacher of Science, English and Recruit Development Course – JACQUI POTGIETER

Higher Education Diploma in Biology, English and Physical Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Certificate in Management in Education, University of South Africa

20+ years teaching experience

Teacher of English – DONNA TAYLOR

AUT Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
Massey University, B.A Major in English, Minor in Te Reo Māori

10+ years of teaching experience

Head of Physical Education – MARK CALVERLEY

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Hons) Physical Education & English. Brunel University, London (UK)
Certificate of Coaching (Rugby): Massey University, NZ Rugby, World Rugby (Post-Graduate Level 4 Rugby Coach)
NCO Lieutenant (Navy). UK (Schools Combined Cadet Force (CCF))

Magazine publisher, Editor (NZ Rugby News & Ellerslie Magazine)
National Sales & Account Manager (Aus/NZ): d3 Tape

25+ years teaching and coaching experience

Head of Recruit Development Course – YOLANDI STEYN

Bachelor of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa

10 years of teaching experience

Head of Mathematics - LOUISE MOORE

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics), University of Auckland
Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), University of Auckland

18 years of teaching experience 

Head of Physical Training, Teacher of History and Recruit Development Course  - MILES HARRINGTON

Diploma in Youth Work and Community Studies
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History and Mino in Anthropology (Massey University)
Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (AUT)

Over 10 Years’ experience in Youth Development and Youth Work
6 years experience in High Performance Sport as an Athlete development Coach
8 years of teaching experience

Principal’s Nominee, Head of Business Administration and Computing – MARILIZE ERASMUS

B. Tech. Degree Post School Education, Tswane University of Technology, South Africa
B. Tech. Degree Business Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
National Diploma in Commercial Administration, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

10+ years of teaching experience

Teacher of Mathematics - NICOLEEN CLOETE

Post-graduate diploma in secondary teaching, AUT
PhD Applied mathematics and statistics, University of Auckland
MS Mathematics, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
B.Sc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
B.Sc Mathematics and genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

3 years of teaching experience

Teacher of Physical Education and Physical Training - MEGAN PARKER

Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD

7 years of teaching experience

Financial Accountant (CFAlcba) – CHANTEL HARMSEN

FASSET/ICB Diploma in Financial Accounting (NQF Level 6)

17+ years experience in Accounting

Office Administrator - FAITH GALE

MA in Adult Education
Diploma in TESOL, Trinity College London

10+ years Office administration and management for Unique New Zealand English Language School

Office Manager / Accounts - BROOKE CLARKE

2 Years Office Management in London
2 Years in Property Management Administration
5 Years in Administration for Ministry of Social Development




Nick has spent the last 20 years involved in Education and Training. 

At first with the Hyde family business that ran Advance Training Centres (ATC) and then in 2013 when he founded Vanguard Military School by using all the knowledge gained from ATC and moulding it into a working model as a Senior Secondary School under the Charter School model. 

He has previously worked within the school as a teacher, deputy principal and CEO.

Jonathan Gale 

Jonathan was posted for a year of National Service initially at the Artillery Air Defence School at Youngsfield and then to 10 Anti-aircraft Regiment in Cape Town. Jonathan is an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. He has worked as a secondary school teacher, subject advisor, senior education specialist, project manager in the education and health sectors in the world of development banking, investment advisor in the Tertiary Education Commission, as an Industry Manager for Competenz and as the Vicar of St Peter's Anglican church in Takapuna. He has been a member of various education and community advisory boards and is a keen mountain biker

Katene Eruera

Katene is an Anglican Minister and Dean of Tikanga Maori at The College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland, helping train candidates for ordination, as well as those undergoing further advanced training.  Prior to Anglican Ministry he worked as a solicitor in Wellington and Auckland, practising in the areas of criminal, family and Treaty of Waitangi claims law. He is from Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Ngati Kaharau and Ngati Hau in Te Tai Tokerau.

Kirk Richardson

Kirk has a background in business and is Director of a business advisory firm. Kirk also has a background as an Insolvency practitioner. Kirk has been a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand since 2003 and is also a member of the Institute of Directors (UK).

Alan Curtis

Experienced school board member. Background in IT management in accounting and leadership roles. Now almost 30 years on boards of trustees with expertise in governance, finance, property and strategic planning. Engaged by the Ministry for new school developments, mergers and transitions and support for boards of trustees.  Engaged by NZ School Trustees Association for board support and training. Engaged by boards for individualised training and support, principal appointments etc.