International Staff

The quality of pastoral care is a strength of the International Department. In addition to the normal issues of being a young woman, International students have the added pressures of living in a different culture, missing friends and family, and excelling academically in a foreign language.

The International Director is responsible for pastoral care.  She is always available and every girl has her cell phone number. In addition, International students have ready access to the School Counsellor, the Careers Adviser, the School Chaplain, the year level deans, their form teachers and boarding house staff or homestay parents.

Importantly, in 1989 (revised in 2010) legislation was passed establishing detailed guidelines for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The Code is administered and monitored by the NZ Ministry of Education. Columba College is a signatory to the NZ Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, and its International programmes and practices are designed to comply with the Code.

International Team


Mrs. Susan Medary
International Director and Homestay Manager
Dip Teaching Cert, TESOL, LTCL Performance


Ms. Ina Bercinskas
ESOL, English and Drama Teacher, MA (Applied Linguistics)
BA, Grad Dip. Tchg Secondary, Dip.TESOL, Cert TESOL
ATCL (Speech, Drama & Teaching), LTCL (Speech, Drama & Teaching)


Mr. Peter Murray
ESOL Teacher
BA, Dip. Tchg Secondary, Cert TEFL


Dr. Sally Henderson
ESOL Teacher
PhD (Linguistics), MATESL (Illinois), RSA CELTA (Cambridge), BA (Hons)