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Tibbs House Staff and Contact Details

Director of Boarding Mr Frank Haszard

Director of Boarding: Mr Frank Haszard ’93
Phone: 09 623 5432

An Old Boy of Auckland Grammar (class of 1993), Mr Haszard has taught Economics at both NCEA and Cambridge level at Grammar since 2009. He took up the role of Director of Boarding in 2021.

He was the Form 7 Dean for six years and was an Associate Housemaster of Tibbs House from 2012 to 2016.

Mr Haszard has been involved with both Cricket and Football and is joined at the hostel by his wife Eloise and children Zac and Isabelle.

Head of History and Deputy Director of Boarding Mr Bruce John

Deputy Director of Boarding: Mr Bruce John
Phone: 09 623 5434

Mr John has previously been the Form 3 Dean for eight years and is now the Head of History at School.

He is also highly involved in coaching Rugby at the School and he is joined at the hostel by his wife Katie and his two children.

Mr Simon Lassche

Form 3 Boarding Master: Mr Simon Lassche
Phone: 09 623 5433

Mr Lassche has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 1987 and has been a Master at Tibbs House since 1991.

He teaches both Science and Chemistry to senior levels and is also a keen sportsman and very successful coach of Squash.

Mr Lassche is also a member of the Auckland Grammar School Tramping Club.

Mr Campbell Lowe

Form 4 Boarding Master: Mr Campbell Lowe
Phone: 09 623 5438

Mr Lowe has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 2015, after working at Burnside High School in Christchurch.

He is the Master in Charge of Rowing and Endurance Swimming and his specialist subjects are Physical Education and Geography.

Mr Lowe is also the Form 5 Associate Dean at Auckland Grammar School, and he is joined at Tibbs House by his wife Anna.

Form 3 Dean Mr Matthew Cuming

Form 5 Boarding Master: Mr Matthew Cuming
Phone: 09 623 5436

Mr Cuming began teaching at Rotorua Boys’ High School where he was House Master at Tai Mitchell House. He then taught at King’s College in London before starting at Auckland Grammar in 2018.

Mr Cuming is the Form 4 Dean, a subject specialist in Biology and coaches Rugby.

Mr Cuming is joined at Tibbs by his wife Rose and son Freddie.

Head of English Mr Charles Laing

Form 6 Boarding Master: Mr Charles Laing
Phone: 09 631 0223

Mr Laing has taught at Grammar since 2008, following eight years at Avondale College and a further two years overseas.

He is currently the Head of English and during his time at Grammar, he has managed the Premier Basketball team and he has also coached Cricket.

Mr Laing is joined at the hostel by his wife Takako and son Kazuo.

Mr Tom Horrocks

Form 7 Boarding Master: Mr Thomas Horrocks
Phone: 09 623 5427

Mr Horrocks has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 2019 and he is a member of the Commerce Department, teaching Business Studies and Economics.

He is a keen sportsman and coaches Cricket and Rugby.

2022 marks Mr Horrocks’ second year as a Boarding Master at Tibbs House and he is joined by his wife, Anna.

Assistant Boarding Master Mr Daniel Reddish

Assistant Boarding Master: Mr Daniel Reddish
Phone: 09 623 5412

Mr Reddish has been at Auckland Grammar School since 2014 working in the School’s Development Office as the Advancement Manager.

Previously he worked as as a fundraiser at the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.

He has spent the last year living at the InZone Hostel as a Tutor and coaches the School’s Under 15A Rugby team.

Matrons: there are three Matrons employed by Tibbs House, working in shifts, to ensure there is 24/7 care for the boarders on-site at the Hostel. Phone: 09 623 5440 / 021 191 6631 (for emergency only)

Matron Sonia Bailey

Miss Sonia Bailey

Miss Bailey is a retired teacher after 25 years.

In addition, she is an expert in the field of working with children who suffer with various disabilities.

She is a strong believer in creative expression and takes to DIY home décor projects in her down time.

Matron Debbie Kennedy

Mrs Debbie Kennedy

Mrs Kennedy started working at Tibbs House in 2018.

She has previous experience in the field of education and, in particular, working with people with disabilities.

She is married with three children and she enjoys spending time with her family, attending her local church and attending Zumba classes.

Matron Ann Oliver

Mrs Ann Oliver

Mrs Oliver has been one of the matrons at Tibbs House since 2015.

She has a background in caring for groups of children and in education administration.

She is married with an adult son and daughter and enjoys Pilates, live theatre and travelling.

Tutors: Tibbs House employs Tutors to assist in the running of key areas of Hostel life. Their main areas of responsibilities are tutoring and helping to organise recreational activities.

Mr Caleb Wilson ’14

Mr Wilson attended Auckland Grammar School as a Tibbs House boarder from 2014-2018. He is now pursuing a Bachelor of Law and Commerce at the University of Auckland.

He has a keen interest in many sports and cultural activities, but is particularly passionate about Rugby and Kapa Haka.

Duty Master’s Office (for the Duty Master)
Phone: 09 623 6437 (if your son will not be returning because of illness or injury after an exeat or you cannot contact the Matron, please contact your son’s Housemaster, or the Director of Boarding).

Important phone lines
Boarder (Main foyer): 09 623 5442
Chef/Kitchen: 09 623 5531

Note: please do not call on weekdays between 7pm and 8:45pm, as students are in Prep, as well as after 9:30pm.

School Finance Office – Mrs Svetlana Loukine
Phone: 09 623 5425 for matters relating to fees, please contact the School’s Finance Office
Postal address: Accounts Office, Auckland Grammar School, Private Bag 99930, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

Parents’ Support Committee
The Tibbs House Parents’ Support Group (hereafter THPSG) is a support network for all Tibbs House parents. The group holds a meeting at the end of each holiday when students return to Tibbs House. Open to all parents, these meetings are relaxed and informative and act as a forum for discussions on all matters relating to Tibbs House.

One of the main functions of the THPSG is to provide an extra source of funding for social and/or recreational purchases that benefit all boarders. To this end, a donation of $75 per year per family is collected to be used throughout the year as the group see fit.

The objectives of the Tibbs House Parents’ Support Committee are:

  • To support the Director of Boarding
  • To support/links parents
  • To assist with communications between hostel and home
  • To assist in organising social and cultural events/outings
  • To maintain a contacts database of all Tibbs House families

The committee meets at 6pm in the Quiet Room prior to the start of each term, when the boys return to the hostel. All parents are most welcome to attend. An Annual General Meeting is held in October each year.

Please feel free to contact any the following people if you have any questions:

Chairperson: Mr Arjan De Wilde
Email: a.dewilde@xtra.co.nz

Secretary: Niki Chave
Email: niki.chave@gmail.com

Treasurer: Mrs Fiona Freeland
Email: fionafreeland@yahoo.com