Class Act 2013 ten years on: Taieri College

Where are they now?


2013: Grant played clarinet, saxophone and piano in various school ensembles and had represented the school at Model United Nations assemblies. She planned to study health sciences at university.

2023: Grant has spent the past four years as a high school teacher in New Zealand, specialising in science and biology. This year, she joined her partner (fellow Class Act award winner Matthew Scadden) on a diplomatic posting to Samoa where she volunteers with the local Unesco office, supporting education development through a range of projects such as implementing ICT in schools. She has a bachelor of science degree with honours (first class) majoring in neuroscience and a master’s of teaching and educational leadership. She still plays clarinet and saxophone and recently joined a band in the Samoana International Jazz Festival.



2013: Casey was in the Southern under-21 hockey team, the Otago under-17 cricket team and the Otago under-17 touch rugby team. He was also the school’s athletics champion. He planned to either study anatomy or join the police.

2023: Casey is an anaesthetic technician trainee at Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital, helping anaesthetists to administer anaesthetics for surgery. He has a bachelor of science and is studying for a diploma in applied science in anaesthetic technology. After university, he played cricket and hockey semi-professionally in the UK. He now plays hockey for Taieri in the premier club division and coaches school and representative sides. However, he "fell out of love" with cricket after playing the sport for 20 years and plays golf instead during the summer.