Acting Principal

Mrs Lydia Victor

Acting Principal



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.

Ateka Bharuchi

Reading Recovery Teacher  

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