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International Department Staff

Rachel Fenton

Ms Rachel Fenton – Director of International

Ms Fenton is responsible for the development and execution of the international marketing strategy and plan to meet the internationalisation objectives of Auckland Grammar School.

She oversees daily operations and manages the International Department, including ensuring best practice and compliance to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice.

Ms Fenton spends time travelling to key recruitment markets and working alongside agents and partners to diversify the international student enrolment at Auckland Grammar School.

She has an extensive background in international education and marketing at the university level, has travelled to over 35 countries, and lived in Japan and England.

Ms Fenton is the founder of the Auckland Schools Marketing Group, Schools Symposium, and is a member of the ATEED – Auckland Futures Group of Study.

Please contact Ms Fenton regarding admissions, marketing, advertising and promotion, international relations and partnerships, agency agreements and School visits.

Phone: +64 9 950 2183
Skype: Rachel_Fenton
WeChat ID: Rachel-AGS

Paul Easingwood

Mr Paul Easingwood – Dean of International Students

Mr Easingwood was educated at Loughborough Grammar School in the United Kingdom. He graduated with a degree in Politics from the University of Hull, achieving his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Leicester in 2008. He is a teacher of Geography.

As Dean of International Students, Mr Easingwood is responsible for monitoring the academic performance of international students and providing them support that will enable them to learn effectively in a safe environment.

Mr Easingwood has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by international students having recently moved to Auckland from England, and from his work in inner-city London schools. He is also a Debating, Cricket and Rugby coach within the School.

Phone: +64 9 623 5400 extn 557

Sandra Heslin

Mrs Sandra Boroughs – International Student Welfare Manager

Having worked at Auckland Grammar School for the past two decades, Mrs Boroughs (née Heslin) has a 24/7 role managing and monitoring the welfare and pastoral care of approximately 90 International students which includes individual term interviews.

Her role also comprises sourcing and auditing their homestay carers and most importantly listening to our students and acting appropriately on their needs.

She is originally from Scotland and has lived in New Zealand for 45 years. She has been a trainer, marketer and counsellor.

Mrs Boroughs manages the Breakfast Club for Pasifika students, and enjoys walking, reading, travel, writing poetry, cooking, entertaining, movies and fundraising in her spare-time.

Please contact Mrs Boroughs for student welfare and support and homestay placements.

+64 9 623 5419 (office)
+64 9 623 4445 (home)
+64 27 290 3744 (mobile)
Skype: Sandra.Heslin
View Sandra’s LinkedIn profile here

Susanne Sasagawa

Mrs Susanne Sasagawa (nee Zhang)

Mrs Sasagawa speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien, and is originally from Xiamen, China.

She completed four years of secondary school in the South Island and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Massey University as an international student.

Mrs Sasagawa has worked as an administration support staff in the education sector for over nine years, and enjoys music and travelling.


Ms Irina Itriyeva

Mrs Irina Itriyeva

Mrs Itriyeva is the Master in Charge of the Headmaster’s International Committee, launched as an effort to build relationships between domestic and international students, while promoting cultural awareness, communication and leadership skills.

She moved moved to New Zealand from the United States in 2019, and understands the challenges and opportunities faced by international students, and hopes to replicate the support and kindness she has enjoyed from her colleagues in the committee. Prior to moving, she taught for seven years in New Jersey, where she also advised the student newspaper and coached the debate team.

Mrs Itriyeva teaches English and Media Studies at Auckland Grammar School, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, running, gardening, and traveling.