Pastoral Care

The student support and pastoral care network aims to provide guidance and support for all students so that their time at school is happy and profitable. An important feature of the student support network at Queen’s High School is that the staff involved are in a pastoral care role and not a disciplinary role. Making sure that students are secure, welcome and ready to learn is a high priority for Queen’s High School.

Learning to take responsibility for her own progress and behaviour is a focus for each students. There are clear systems for prompt monitoring of behaviour and identifying need for further intervention.

Queen’s has a structure for support which includes:

  • Form Teachers who monitor wellbeing
  • Academic mentors who monitor and support academic progress
  • Co-ordinators who each have responsibility for the care of a year level
  • The Counsellor and Careers Advisor who work with the Co-ordinators in supporting and guiding students
  • Senior Leadership Team members who link with year level Co-ordinators

The Coordinators have the particular responsibility of keeping a watch on the welfare and progress of students at each year level. They meet regularly with Form Teachers at their year level and work closely with the school’s specialist counselling and careers staff.

Our counselling team consists of a full-time counsellor, a co-ordinator at each year level, and a co-ordinator for our international students. Our teacher of Maori is also involved in providing counselling for our Maori students. Alongside this our Maori students can join the whanau class where they receive support from both the teachers and other students.

Support is given in:

  • Motivation and confidence building
  • Personal problems
  • Health and well-being
  • Family issues
  • Personal relationships
  • Setting and attaining personal goals
  • Developing skills and achieving qualifications
  • Study organization and time management

We expect consistent, firm management in classrooms so that teachers are able to provide variety in their teaching activities and students are free to learn to the best of their ability.

Senior students assist junior students as peer associates, in House Groups, on the School Council, through sports coaching, in cutural groups, on the Health Committee or in service clubs. This role modelling supports the junior students while providing leadership experience for the senior students.

Discipline matters are referred to the Assistant Principals, Deputy Principal and Principal.

The Pastoral Care Team

Our counselling team consists of a full-time counsellor, a co-ordinator at each year level, and a co-ordinator for our international students. Our teacher of Maori is also involved in counselling of our Maori students should the need arise.

Support is given in

  • Motivation and confidence building
  • Personal problems
  • Health and well-being
  • Family issues
  • Personal relationships
  • Setting and attaining personal goals
  • Developing skills and achieving qualifications
  • Study organization and time management

The team is:

Guidance Counsellor: Mrs Heather Knox
Careers Advisor: Ms Lesley Signal
Year 13 Co-ordinator: Mrs Amber Sides / Mrs Debbie Nicolson
Year 12 Co-ordinator: Ms Megan Ellis / Ms Jacqui Earland
Year 11 Co-ordinator: Mrs Sonya Finnie / Mrs Debbie Nicolson
Year 10 Co-ordinator: Ms Dale Irvine / Ms Jacqui Earland
Year 9 Co-ordinator: Ms Tash Civil / Ms Lesley Signal

Special Programmes

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Careers and Transition

We have a well-developed Transition and Careers network which includes the team of teachers who specialise in this area. These teachers liaise closely with the guidance staff, Co-ordinators and the Principal and senior administrators to provide the best advice and opportunities for the individual student.

In 2005 Queen’s was one of the seventy-five schools selected to offer DESIGNING CAREERS, a program to support Year 10 students and their families in career education. In 2006 this was extended to Year 11 students. An important source of support may be found at www.kiwicareers.govt.nz/pathfinder.

The careers team works with classes, groups and individuals to:

  • provide accurate information about careers and qualifications
  • organise speakers to talk about specific careers
  • set goals and monitor the achievement of these goals
  • set up Individual Education Programmes
  • set up Individual Vocational Programmes
  • provide advice on subjects and option choices
  • develop sound work and study skills and to monitor progress
  • co-ordinate STAR course with other training programmes
  • organise work experience.

Learning and Career Plans

Learning and Career Plans (LCPs) have been developed for students to:

  • consider the range of careers available
  • help in assessing strengths and identifying the areas in which an individual can improve
  • provide teachers with information about students who need extension programmes or extra support in a subject
  • identify the reasons why a student may lack motivation and to work to solve these problems
  • ensure students study appropriate subjects

The programmes, which are monitored by form teachers, also provide the Careers Team with useful information

Gateway Scheme

The Gateway scheme allows students to participate in the work place and to prepare students for their future vocation and employment. The aim is to ensure that a student has sufficient skills and training to enter the work force.

These programmes are developed to meet the specific needs of an indivual student and her parents are involved.

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