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Mental Health, Wellbeing, Guidance and Pastoral Support for teachers, parents and students

If you have serious concerns about a young person’s mental health and well-being, then you should contact your local GP. If a young person is in immediate danger, please dial 111 for ambulance assistance.

For further information on getting help in a crisis visit:


Guidance and Pastoral Support

Guidance Counsellors – Our Counsellors are available to provide professional and confidential counselling and guidance services for all students and their families at this time.

Students and families can contact our counsellors via our online form or alternatively send them an email using the email addresses below:

Simon Field –
Heledd Restall –


Deans – Our Deans should be the first point of contact for students and families in terms of academic and pastoral support. The Deans can offer advice and guidance and then liaise with key staff and agencies as necessary.

To contact one of our Deans please send them an email using the email addresses below:

Year 13 Dean – Graeme Peake –
Year 12 Dean – Michelle Anderson –
Year 11 Dean – Helen Allan –
Year 10 Dean – Joe Haddon –
Year 9 Dean – Richard Townsend –


Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

Please see below a collection of resources and activities put together by our staff and the Ministry of Education mental health and wellbeing that might be useful for students and their families.

Ministry of Education – Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting young people through Covid-19:

Ministry of Education – Helping children and young people while they are learning at home:

Covid-19 – Looking after your mental wellbeing:

Ministry of Health – Taking care of your mental wellbeing:

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand – Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19: & Top tips to get through:

Head First – Being Men:

AttitudeLooking after your Hauora Part 1 and Looking after your Hauora Part 2

Eileen M Feliciano – 25 Mental Health Wellness Tips: – although overseas-based, this is a good list and highlights some things that are particularly important for children


Resources for Parents

Ministry of Education – Parents and whānau: Advice for Learning from home.

Ministry of Education – Talking to children about COVID-19.

World Health Organisation – To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Nathan Wallis – Neuroscience Educator & Director of X-Factor Education gives somepractical parenting advice in response to Covid-19.

Nigel Latta – Nigel’s interview on home schooling on Seven Sharp (start at about 1 min 10 sec).

National Geographic – Forget home schooling during the pandemic. Teach life skills instead’This article on National Geographic features advice for some leading educationalists.

The Parenting Place – have a range of programmes, courses, camps and resources, for whānau designed to inspire, encourage, and support strengthening relationships.
The Parenting Place have releases a Toolbox for Surviving lockdown –


MentemiaRecommended by Simon Field – Head of Counselling
Helps you identify where you might be struggling, then gives you access to simple, safe and fun exercises to help you thrive. Feel happier, build stronger relationships, learn how to cope with stress, and improve your sleep.
Google Play Store
Apple App Store

HeadspaceRecommended by Tess Eden – Head of Department Health
Learn the life-changing skills of meditation in just a few minutes a day with Headspace. Find hundreds of sessions on physical health, personal growth, stress management, and anxiety relief. They are all designed to help you stress less, focus more, and feel better.
Google Play Store
Apple App Store

Insight TimerRecommended by Tess Eden – Head of Department Health
Guided meditations and talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more. Music tracks from world-renowned artists.
Google Play Store
Apple App Store

Elevate Brain TrainingRecommended by Jarrod Aberhart – Assistant Principal
Brain training program designed to improve attention, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more.
Google Play Store
Apple App Store

LumosityRecommended by Jarrod Aberhart – Assistant Principal
Cognitive training program, which is a fun, interactive way to train your brain and learn about how your mind works.
Google Play Store
Apple App Store


AttitudeLooking after your Hauora
AttitudeSurviving your family while you survive the pandemic



SPARX – is an online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland and funded by the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

Psychology Tools – See the activity menu below on some ideas to stay occupied during lockdown or follow the link to the full publication on Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty.

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