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Student Well-Being


The school has an extensive team of people who are able to assist

with the physical and emotional needs of the students. This support

is known as pastoral care for students. The pastoral care team is

made up of a whanau care team of form teachers, deans and senior

managers supported by a team of nurses, guidance counsellors, a

family liaison officer and a careers advisor. The school also has access

to the expertise of a number of outside agencies when needed.




Students see their form teacher once a day during form time. This time is used for an attendance check, administrative purposes, academic mentoring and pastoral. If form teachers are unable to answer student queries, then an appropriate referral is made.




Deans have a pastoral care role and are responsible for the wellbeing of students in their house. They are concerned with the overall progress of students as well as dealing with student issues, class placements, student option choices, discipline and any concerns from parents/guardians.




Suchi Lewis and Chrissy Guinibert are the counsellors at Papatoetoe High School. Both are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). NZAC membership ensures a high standard of care and respect for confidentiality for the student. This is a free and confidential service that is available to all students.

Counselling is a service where students gain support for a range of reasons, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, school/home issues, anger management, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. We work alongside the student to facilitate self-understanding, and support in navigating the often difficult and confusing stage of adolescence.

Some additional services that we provide include: PACT Mentoring StandUp Travellers Programme (building resilience) Mediation and Restorative Justice Advocacy Referral to external agencies as appropriate

Appointments can be made by self-referral, by a caregiver, or by a staff member by visiting the counselling offices which are located in the Student Support Centre.


Alternatively, they are able to be contacted by email:

Suchi Lewis (Monday-Thursday).


Chrissy Guinibert (Monday-Friday).





















Our aim is to provide a holistic health care, and a range of health services to young people in partnership with their family/whanau

The nurses provide a comprehensive health service within the school, as well as health promotion, education and prevention services for students. There are three nurses Suzie King (Registered Nurse), Jackie Venter (Registered Nurse) and Nikki Roy (Enrolled Nurse). The service is private and confidential, but if harm is involved, there may be the need to discuss the issue with a third person.

The health centre is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday with an open door policy. There are various visiting health services available: Asthma Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapist, District Nurses, Smilecare dental, Doctors and nurses from the Centre for Youth health. Students are able to make appointments to see the school physio through the nurses or the sports co-ordinators.

Any student who needs to come to health centre during class time needs a note signed by the teacher/reliever teacher.

If the nurse needs to call a student from class, a note will usually be sent via the office runner.




The careers advisor provides one-to-one assistance with career decision making and planning. Up-to-date information is kept on courses and career opportunities. Other services include work experience, career seminars, exchange programmes, information on student loans and allowances, as well as assistance with curriculum vitae.

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