Sean started his Uplands teaching career in 1994 as the Deputy Boarding Master in the Prep and had to check the water pumps each day, and then ended his rounds doing a fence-line security check each evening. He was part of the team that launched Uplands College, spending over eight years with us, in amongst time overseas teaching at Woodbridge School in the UK.
Sean has spent the past 11 years at Hilton College in several teaching and sporting roles. He was a member of Hilton College’s Executive Committee, having finished his contract as Executive Housemaster and Housemaster of Pearce House.
Sean has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience working in both close communities and high-profile schools with demanding standards. As a former member of the Hilton College strategic planning review team, he helped shape a whole new contemporary approach to boarding that is proving to be highly successful. A seasoned educator who is greatly respected, Sean has a calm, thoughtful, collaborative and inclusive approach to work. His strategic, holistic and team experience will serve Uplands well, as our ‘One School’ moves into a new and exciting era.
Outside the academic day, Sean has coached both 1st team Rugby and 1st team Cricket, as well as a whole range of other sports. He is married to Kerry and they have two daughters, Megan, as well as Hannah who is at Uplands in Grade 11.
Allan has always been passionate about Pastoral Care, and Boarding in particular, for the past 25 years. He has thus made it his goal to increase the development of all involved in this vitally important aspect of the care of young people within schools. Allan is a Lay Minister in the local Anglican Church as well as at Michaelhouse and is also the National Director of the Boarding Schools of Southern Africa Association.
Allan is married to Caireen and they have four sons – Andrew, Jonathan, Ross and David. He enjoys a number of hobbies and interests, including sports, reading, fly fishing, caravanning and the bush.
Scott has also worked in the private sector outside of education. He has always had a passion for leadership, teaching and mentoring - and leads by example each day. He sees himself as an innovative, positive, patient, empathetic and compassionate leader who loves working with people. He is also well known for being highly competitive on the sporting front! Scott’s wife, Lorin, is an Educational Psychologist also working at Uplands as Head of the Learning Support Unit and they have two boys, Sam and Joey
Heather believes that a well-balanced, culturally-enriched and play-based programme builds self-confidence and inspires children to develop a lifelong love of learning. Heather’s core belief is that relationships are at the heart of her work and that a happy day at school includes plenty of laughter and creative fun outside on the beautiful playgrounds at Uplands. Establishing trusting relationships with families and working together as a team improves children’s academic achievement, social competencies and emotional well-being. She enjoys reading, relaxing in the bush and being with her family and friends in her spare time
Nicky’s key strengths lie in education strategy, leadership mentoring, andragogy (adult learning), professional development, staff engagement, school cultures and change management. She has served on four boards and has published both academic and general articles. Nicky is passionate about highlighting evidence-based best practices in education leadership – and has an abiding interest in the welfare and work engagement of school Heads. She is never far from her family, a book and nature.
Themba worked for brands such as Barnstone Education, Curro Holdings and the University of Pretoria and has consulted for Woolworths, Skywise Airlines and other upcoming SMMEs for development, management and implementation of clear marketing plans that yield tangible ROI. He is also experienced in managing agency relationships, digital marketing and stakeholder relationships.
Xandra aims to give back to the community that gave her both roots and the wings to fly. Her roots are anchored in the Lowveld, as she was born in White River, hails from Bushbuckridge and was a former Uplands Prep boarder from 1983 to 1988.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her working experience extends across corporate classic marketing, as well as training and development roles within various sectors.
Xandra is passionate about people, endeavouring to help them reach their full potential and ensuring that they are healthy and happy.
Jaco is passionate to work in a school environment, hearing the laughter of children, watch kids develop into holistically educated young adults. His passion extends to the teaching staff as well as operations and outsourced staff. His philosophy is that everyone works hard and contributes to the success of our pupils and a happy and effective school.