The whanau system is the basis of the pastoral care system. Each whanau group contains approximately 17 students ranging from year 7 to year 13, and a whanau teacher. Students stay in the same group for their entire time at the college, developing strong bonds with their whanau group and teacher. Whanau groups meet on a daily basis.
Each whanau group belongs to one of four houses (Barker, Iron, Pisa and Roy) and a wide range of sporting and cultural activities and competitions take place within and between houses.
In addition there is a dean allocated to each year level, and they meet with their year level group on a weekly basis. Whilst deans are the first port of call for disciplinary matters their role includes guidance and encouraging and maintaining appropriate standards through positive reinforcement and encouragement.
A full college assembly is takes place once a week, led by the Principal, which showcases student talent and acknowledges positive achievements and successes.
A full-time guidance counsellor is available to students for consultation on personal, confidential and career or vocational matters. Where necessary students are referred to specialist outside agencies.
The guidance counsellor is supported by two additional staff members. The first is a trained clinical psychologist who available part-time to work with individual students. The second is available on a full-time basis to work with individual students on their transition to work, including organising work experience, and mentoring individual students.
A special needs co-ordinator is available to organise specialist learning assistance for students with special needs. A number of teacher aides are employed as required to assist individual students or work with groups of students either within, or outside, their normal classroom.
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