Acting Principal

Mr Bruce Young

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.

Adele Stewart

Room 9 Teacher  |   Year 0,1 & 2


”I am an experienced teacher with over 25 years teaching experience overseas and in New Zealand.  I am passionate about encouraging students to reach their full potential in all areas of 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.

Mrs Margaret Fernandes

Room 6 Teacher.  Years 3 & 4  

Ateka Bharuchi

Reading Recovery Teacher  

Support Staff


Madeline Tolai

Office Manager 

Kia Orana,

I have been at 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. The spirit of our children continues to grow in self belief and our faith.

We maybe small in numbers but strong in spirit.

Grounds Person

Mr James O’Donnell