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  |  Deputy Principal | 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 9 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.

Dr Sibilla Girardet

Room 6 Teacher.  Years 3 & 4 

Kia ora, my name is Sibilla Girardet and my family immigrated to New Zealand in 1974.  My early school experiences were disappointing but once a teacher helped switch me on to learning I was able to study independently.  I have enjoyed a career of learning; from researching the giant panda and Sumatran tiger in Zoo’s, to studying the giant tortoises of Aldabra Atoll.  Then I did long nights on Tiritiri Matangi Island studying the little spotted kiwi for my PhD.

I am a terrestrial ecologist and have travelled throughout New Zealand for work.  I have three teenage children, two cats and a home in Grey Lynn.  I am very much at home in the outdoors.  I also love travelling and discovering new places.

In 2014 I went back to University to retrain as a Primary School teacher because I believe learning at a young age is critical to how a person develops.  I have a strength in science which I enjoy sharing/teaching.  To me it is important that all students have equal access to information, that creativity is encouraged and diversity valued.  That students are confident to have an informed voice.

Mr Victor van Wetering

Room 6 Teacher.  Years 3 & 4  

Kia Ora,

My name is Victor van Wetering.  I enjoy learning, teaching and asking questions.  Every day, students help me become a better teacher.  I love writing, maths and drama because they are a part of daily life.

Jackie McGivern

Reading Recovery Teacher  

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

Kristin Petersen

Teacher Aide


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