Centennial House Contacts

Karen Kidd


Hostel Manager

Kia ora,

I’m Karen Kidd, Hostel Manager for the girls at the new Centennial House boarding facility.
I have worked in boarding for the last 14 years and love working with teenage girls. Previous to joining the boarding environment, I worked as a Teacher Aide in both the UK and New Zealand.
I’m originally from Wales, and married Dean, who is a Kiwi, back in 1992.
We have two sons, Daniel and Ben, and a beautiful grand-daughter, Amelia.
I’m really looking forward to this unique opportunity where I will be caring for your daughter(s), watching them grow into independent young women ready for the big wide world.

Ngā mihi nui,

Karen Kidd, Hostel Manager for Centennial House

House Assistants

Leah Murray and Kate Caldwell are the live-in Centennial House Assistants.
Leah is a Science teacher, specialising in Chemistry, while Kate is an Agriculture teacher.
Leah has been at MAGS since 2015, while Kate joined in 2024.
Kate is from a small country town called Hampden, in the South Island, and grew up on a sheep and beef farm. This her first year as a teacher. She loves country music, tennis and shopping.
Jenny Whitehouse, who is a Technology teacher specialising in Design and Visual Communication, works two evening a week at Centennial House. She is enthusiastic about fostering creativity in students and runs an Art club after school.

Leah Murray

Kate Caldwell

Jenny Whitehouse