Head of Humanities

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Head of Humanities; Teacher of History, Classical Studies, and Social Sciences.

Marsden Old Girl Julia Finny takes the lead as Head of Humanities, teaching History, Classical Studies, and junior Social Sciences. Additionally, she coaches the senior Strengthening Democracy Project team and the Middle School Ethics Olympiad team. Julia is also the driving force behind the Scholarship Classical Studies programme for senior students.

Early years

Julia was born in Singapore and spent her primary years in Taiwan as her parents are diplomats. She returned to New Zealand in Year 7 and began her studies at Marsden. Julia has fond memories of her time as a student and says it was here that she was first introduced to the humanities.

Journey into education

Julia graduated from Marsden in 2010, going on to complete a BA in History and Classics, an Honours degree in Classics, and a postgraduate diploma in secondary teaching, all from Victoria University.

Julia's journey into education began after several years as a university tutor, where she taught a diverse range of students aged 18-80. Her teaching career includes roles as a History and Social Studies teacher at Porirua College and time spent at Scots College. Her passion for literacy and numeracy in Social Sciences is evident, reinforced by annual professional development.

Inspiring confidence

Julia appreciates the confidence her students show in expressing their own opinions on a topic. She hopes to ignite their interest and instil in them a desire to know more and continue researching the various topics discussed in class.

As a teacher, I love exploring and learning new things about history every single day as I create lessons and resources for my students. I am passionate about social justice and ethics education and enjoy teaching students about protest and politics. I am an enthusiast of teaching at Scholarship level and giving students the tools they need to cope with tertiary learning.

Julia Finny

Life beyond school

Outside of the classroom, Julia finds joy in walking at Zealandia and Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush. Her love for fiction, particularly based on classical mythology and alternative history, is complemented by her culinary skills in cooking and baking. Julia's house is a haven of happiness, adorned with overflowing bookcases, a spice rack boasting 40 spices, and numerous artworks featuring kererū.