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Mr. Martin Van Rijswijk, Principal

Bachelor Degree in Education at Massey University (NZ) and Teachers College Diploma at Wellington Teachers College (NZ), Master’s Degree in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Bath University (UK).

Martin’s 30 years of teaching and educational experience includes 20 years of service in school leadership positions in various international schools around the world. He began his teaching career in intermediate schools in New Zealand, and has since served as a Principal in five different international schools in Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, Germany and New Zealand.

Martin last served as the Principal of Whangarei School in New Zealand, where he also carried the additional responsibility of being the Lead Principal for the Whangarei Community of Learning, overseeing eight primary and secondary schools in the city of Whangarei. In pursuit of continuing professional development, he has attended education courses such as Concept-Based Inquiry with Dr Lynn Erickson, Assessment Design with Dr Grant Wiggins, The 21st Century Supervision Models with Dr Robert Marzano, and The Harvard Project Zero with Dr Ron Ritchhart.


Mr Mark Jones, Deputy Principal, Secondary

B.A. (Hons.) Sport Studies & Biomedicine (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Postgraduate Cert. Education, Secondary in Physical Education and Science (De Montfort University, UK), Duke of Edinburgh, Sports Coaching – Instructor and Assessor.

Mark has over 17 years of teaching and leadership experience in the education field, within a wide variety of contrasting environments ranging from state and private schools to international and boarding schools in places like the U.K., Kuwait, Switzerland and New Zealand. He is experienced and trained in Performance Management and is familiar with OFSTED, CIS accreditation and Self-Evaluation Inspections. In schools, he introduced new syllabuses into the curriculum, established a whole school House system, and single-handedly conceptualised, designed and created a school’s website.

Prior to joining HIS, he was the Deputy Principal in an international school in Seychelles. As an instructor and assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE), he has also introduced and led in the DofE award scheme in several schools.

Terry Ross

Ms. Terry Ross, Deputy Principal, Primary 

Terry is an experienced educator with more than 28 years of experience. She has experience of teaching from Preschool to Y6 as well as some secondary teaching.  Terry is particularly well-versed in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), and has been involved as part of the IPC accreditation committee in assessing schools. Terry previously worked as an educational consultant and has conducted training and accreditation visits in many countries including Japan, Indonesia, Egypt and Malaysia, mainly in international schools. Terry has worked as Head of Primary in an international school in Miri and as a Head Teacher at Primary Schools in Oman and in Russia. Her previous roles have also included working with company schools for Shell.  Terry worked as a teacher in Scotland, Nigeria and Gabon.  Terry also worked as a lecturer in Early Education in Scotland.

Terry holds an MA in Early Childhood Studies from London Metropolitan University, UK, a PGCE in Professional Studies in Education from the Open University, UK and a BEd in Primary Education from St Andrew’s College of Education, UK.  Terry also holds a Certificate in Educational Leadership from NAHT/ECIS/FIELDWORK EDUCATION (equivalent to the NPQH UK qualification)

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Mr Paul Lau, Assistant Principal, Secondary School and A-Level

BSc. First Class in Biotechnology (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Cambridge International Certificate for Teaching and Learning (CICTL)

Paul has been a classroom teacher since 1998. He has taught maths, the sciences, global perspectives and enrichment lessons in the Malaysian as well as international curriculums. He is the author of a hands-on experiential learning science manual for primary schools and a proponent for youth leadership in schools and in the community.

He joins our senior leadership team, having previously headed the secondary team as well as leading the whole-school CCA programs at two international schools. Paul has been the driver of many platforms and opportunities for student leadership, gifted and talented programs and various academic and non-academic competitions. He spent the last 8 years in senior management of schools. Mr Paul is currently completing his Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning (CIDTL).


Ms Ruth Norman-Jones, Assistant Principal, Secondary 

B.A. (Hons) in Sports Studies, Maths and Education (University of Wolverhampton, UK), PGCE in Physical Education and Mathematics (Bath University, UK).

Ruth has over 19 years of experience in the education sector teaching IB and GCSE Mathematics in the U.K, New Zealand, Guernsey, Switzerland, Kuwait and Seychelles. She has a reputation for implementing successful interventions with low-ability Maths students and has increased the school’s passing rates in external Maths exams. Besides teaching Maths, Ruth has also been the Head of House, Boarding House mistress with pastoral welfare responsibilities, and the Head of PE with extensive sports coaching experience. She is a qualified instructor/assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE) and was responsible for introducing and implementing the DofE programme in HIS and her last school posting. Prior to this appointment, she was the Key Stage Coordinator for Key Stage 4 at HIS.


Mr Daniel Goldspink, Assistant Principal, Primary

B.A. (Hons) in Human Geography (Lancaster University, UK), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (London Southbank University, UK).

Daniel completed a postgraduate certificate in education from London Southbank University and was rated as an ‘outstanding’ teacher under the official body for school inspection in the UK, OFSTED’s assessment criteria. Prior to HIS, Daniel taught at a large south London primary school, where he was both a junior school classroom teacher and a head of year. He is passionate about education and believes strongly in the importance of bespoke resources and lessons levelled to meet each child’s specific and individual needs. Daniel has always enjoyed working with young people. Before embarking on his career proper, he was based in a language college, where he was responsible for weekend excursions, accommodation and welfare of students, and the running of sports events and clubs.

Sarah Arouche

Ms Sarah Arouche, Assistant Principal, Preschool & Primary

PGCE in Primary Education from The University of London, BA (Hons) in Media Studies and French from The University of East Anglia.

Sarah began her teaching career in London 18 years ago. In London, she was a class teacher as well as holding leadership posts, one of which was leading Literacy, Languages  and Internationalism. She helped to pilot and support  foreign language teaching in schools in her region. She also  established her school as a  Foreign Language Support Centre for other schools in West London.  On a number of occasions her teaching was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED (the official body for school inspection in the UK). She has mentored Newly Qualified teachers in the U.K. and internationally. She later went on to join an international school in the UAE for five years where she taught in Primary and was Year Leader. During the five years she became an OLEVI Coach and Facilitator enabling her to coach individual teachers and run OLEVI whole school training programmes.  She joins us from an international school in Malaysia where she was  a class teacher, English coordinator and Early Years and Milepost One Leader.


Ms Keilah Lees, Assistant Principal, Professional Learning & Wellbeing

B.A. (Hons) Primary Education 5–11, University of West of England, UK

Keilah joined HIS in 2014 after spending several years teaching in the UK and South Africa. While in the UK, being passionate about sports and personal, social and health education, Keilah was a sports and PSHE coordinator, leading the school in training and innovative practise. Keilah is one of HIS pioneer group of teachers involved in the introduction and implementation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Having been a Primary Homeroom Teacher, Head of Year and the Key Stage Coordinator for Upper Primary at HIS, Keilah has a deep understanding of the Primary curriculum and was a key member that led HIS in being recognised as an IPC Accredited School during a recent accreditation, joining 1% of the IPC schools worldwide to receive such an achievement. Keilah is also instrumental in the professional development of our primary teaching team, providing coaching and mentoring regularly to our international team of teachers.

Matt O'Shea

Mr Matthew O’Shea, Assistant Principal, Systems for Learning

Bachelors in Business Information Systems from University College Cork, PGCE in ICT from Swansea University, Masters in Information Systems from University College Dublin

With a total of 10 years experience as an educator in the UK, Seychelles and Malaysia, Matthew first joined HIS in 2015 as a teacher of ICT and Economics. He has held various roles at HIS including Head of Year and Key Stage 4 Coordinator. He is focused on ensuring an effective blend of successful academic performance and comprehensive support for all of our students. Matthew is an advocate for student wellbeing and empowerment and champions the positive education, enrichment and student voice programmes at HIS.