Regina Smuga


Teaching is an extremely valuable profession.  We have in our schools, the adults of the future.  We need to be able to offer them an opportunity to an education that will equip them for their future lives and to become life-long learners.  This is a great responsibility and I take this very seriously.  I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to develop their potential and make them understand that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.

The joy of seeing an expression of understanding on a child’s face, to me, is an unsurpassable experience.
My aim is to see many of those expressions during my career in education.


Lydia Victor

Room 5 Teacher  |   Year 5,6,7,8

Director of Religious Studies  |  Literacy Leader

I am privileged to be the Director of Religious Studies and Associate Principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Grey Lynn.  It is an honour to serve this school and its community since 2001.

I teach a young and vibrant Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 class with a strong focus on fostering Gospel values and focusing on high expectations across school life.  I work on an Inquiry approach to teaching and learning and continue to explore best ways for my students to achieve excellence.

Equally I love seeing the progress in my students, whether academic, social, artistic or out on the sport field.

Finally, I try to instill the love for learning through various programmes and initiatives.

Tracey Lee

Room 1 Teacher  |   Year 0,1

Art Leader 

I have had a long association with the St Joseph’s community as a teacher and parent. I am passionate about guiding my students to reach their potential and to enjoy their learning.

Jackie McGivern

Room 4 Teacher  Years 3,4 

Kia Ora,

In 2015, I moved here to St Joseph’s School to train in Reading Recovery and continue as a trained teacher in this role. I love being part of a small and nurturing school community and I love watching our amazing students catch the reading bug and take off with their learning!

Support Staff

Barry Backhouse-Smith

Reading Recovery Teacher 

Kia ora koutou katoa,

My name is Barry Backhouse-Smith and I am delighted to be teaching reading recovery in 2018 at St Joseph School.  I am in my fourteenth year of teaching.

I come from a big family and have seven siblings.  We have Māori, and European heritage and a connection with Fiji.  My iwi is Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.  My European heritage is descended from the Bohemian, Catholic settlers of Pūhoi.

Music is a huge passion of mine and I have played the guitar for most of my adult life. Summer is my favourite season and I enjoy going to the beach, swimming and being out on the boat fishing.

I look forward to all the fun and learning I will have with the children in my care over the year.

Kristin Petersen

Teacher Aide

Dr Sibilla Girardet

Curriculum Release Teacher

Sunita Smith-Muller



Madeline Tolai

Office Manager 

Kia Orana,

I have been with St Joseph’s  for 7 years and my role at the school is Office Manager.

As a past pupil, parent and now staff member I have seen many changes over the years within our school community and enjoy watching our children believe in themselves, and strive to aim high.

We maybe small in numbers but strong in spirit, and our faith continues to grow.

Grounds Person

John David

Caretaker  |  Cleaner