He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka
- a choppy sea can be navigated
Student Services Centre
Our busy Student Services Centre is located close to the main entrance of the College and offers support to staff, students, and their families..
Support Services Include:
- Careers Counselling and Information
- Personal and Family Counselling
- Gateway and Work Experience Opportunities
- Our Health Centre
All of these services can be accessed through the Student Services Receptionist or by contacting individual staff.
We are open during school hours and are also available to students and their families at other times, by arrangement
- Karen Hughes Student Services Administrator
- Deborah Kevany, Counsellor, Student Services Faculty Leader
- Wendy Keir, Careers Counsellor
- Esther Harvey, Gateway and Work Experience Co-ordinator
Counselling is available to all students. Counselling allows students to talk through issues and problems in a safe place and helps students make considered choices. It is a service that students themselves can initiate, or referrals can be made by a dean, teacher or parent.
Both counsellors, Deborah Kevany
and Brian Tonks
have post graduate qualifications and attend on-going professional development courses and regular supervision. They are both full members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and follow their Code of Ethics. Counselling sessions are confidential unless there is risk to safety.
Each year the Counselling Department trains senior students to deliver Peer Support. This is a programme of activities to introduce Year 9 students to the college and help their transition from intermediate school. The counsellors also run the Travellers' Programme for groups of Year 9 students identified as likely to find the transition more difficult.
The Safe School Committee is composed of representative staff members from all faculties. They share a commitment to promoting a physically and emotionally safe school environment and meet regularly to discuss and implement measures to achieve this. Student committee members work hard to support this and to promote the message to the wider school.
The Health Centre is available to all students, to assist with any health concerns. our school nurse, is available between 9.30am-2.30pm daily, with emergency cover provided outside these hours
, Careers Counsellor, supports students with subject choice and career decisions. Information on courses and educational opportunities is available in the Careers Centre. The Student Services Administrator, Karen Hughes
, can also help students to access information in files and computers.
, Gateway Coordinator, supports students in the Gateway Programme and on Work Experience. The Gateway Programme provides work placements for senior students who wish to explore future options. These go hand-in-hand with industry-based learning (unit standards) and assessments towards NCEA qualifications. Students with key work skills such as excellent communication, good time management, team player skills, organisational skills, self-motivation and commitment are selected by interview.
One of the College’s aims is to foster an international perspective for its students, staff, and community.
The International department enrols up to 120 fee-paying international and exchange students from all over the world every year. The majority homestay with local families and aim to continue their studies at NZ universities and tertiary institutions.
International also provides opportunities for student exchanges – to Japan, Germany and China, and provides professional development opportunities for teachers to attend conferences, visit schools, and gain teaching experience overseas.
- Specialised assistance for students with learning needs
- Individual education programmes, small group instruction, reading programme,
- in-class support, South Pacific Education Certificate
- Monitoring of student learning
- Co-ordination with other outside agencies
- Support for students who require special conditions for assessment
- Karen Mitchell Head of the Learning Support Department; LIz Holbrook Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) ext 514
Support for Pacific Students
Pacific Form Class
A vertical form class (with students at all year levels in the school) helps to provide a community for Pacific students.
Pacific Parents Group
An enthusiastic group of parents meets regularly for information and feedback about academic and other matters of special interest to them. Workshops at these evenings are decided by parents working with the Pacific Focus Group teachers. All Pacific and other interested families are welcome.
The meetings are held in the Staffroom in the evening. Dates are always posted in advance on the school notice board at the front gate.
Pacific Pride Leadership
Senior Pacific students, who are identified as valued role models for their peers, are recognised by the school as leaders. They meet regularly and lead activities to promote Pacific wellbeing and achievement.
Pacific Students’ Mentoring Programme
Academic coaching is offered to specific Pacific students whom the college thinks are in need of extra support with their learning.