Student Support

A learning environment of constructive working relationships, positive friendships, and personal responsibility are essential in the development of successful and competent young women.
Form Teachers have daily contact with their form class and may also teach them for one of their subjects. They oversee the academic progress of students, attendance and participation in activities.
Two Deans are appointed for each year group providing a first point of contact for students and parents.

A Senior Manager has oversight of each year level and works closely with their deans.
Our Guidance Counsellors are available by appointment to provide support for any situation or issue our young women may face.
Our Year 13 students support Year 9 students to adapt successfully to secondary school with their Connections Programme which runs through Term One.
Our Learning Support department assists students with their individual learning needs supporting their progress to higher levels of achievement.
Our Career Services department provides students with information and guidance. Students can access career advice, work experience, arrange workplace learning, ITO assessment through
the Gateway programme, and assistance with applications to post-school destinations.

Learning Support
Guidance
Transition
Learning Support caters for individual and groups of students whose learning requires an education plan and additional support. Development in literacy skills is an important focus of our work to enable learners to progress their learning across all subjects more effectively.
Individual and class programmes are provided. Our focus is on supporting students within their regular class grouping where appropriate to do so.
Intellectual and physical development are enhanced in an environment of constructive working relationships, positive friendships and personal responsibility. The social and psychological guidance of our young women through teenage life are essential elements in the development of competent young women. Transition Department programmes assist students to achieve their goals for graduating from secondary school into further study or employment.




Careers

Careers counselling and programmes assist students to make informed subject choices and to choose suitable career pathways to pursue.
Individual Career Appointments may be requested by signing up at the Careers Office. A note is then sent to the student.
Pamphlets, booklets, DVDs and videos may be accessed by students in the G1 Careers Seminar Room and in the school Library Careers section.

Career Experiences and Events
A wide range of opportunities are regularly advertised on the school Daily Notices and through subject teachers.
These include:
Speakers and presentations e.g. Navy, UCOL, University Liaison Officers.
Career Expos, Farm Experience Days, Holiday Courses, Workchoice Days, visits to providers of Design and Tourism courses.
Subject Choice Evening - displays from each course and outside providers such as Polytechnics and Universities.

Websites
www.careers.govt.nz - where students and their caregivers can access a huge range of information about courses, training, careers and jobs. They can also get help to produce a CV; find out about themselves and save information by registering for a 'My Career Space' acount. Computers in the Careers Senior Room can be used at our of class times to access career related web sites.

Auckland Universtity -www.auckland.ac.nz
Canterbury Universtity - www.canterbury.ac.nz
Lincoln University - www.lincoln.ac.nz
Otago University - www.otago.ac.nz
Victoria University - www.victoria.ac.nz
Waikato University - www.waitkato.ac.nz

Career Services help students to move successfully from school to further study, training or jobs.
The department is located in G block where the G1 seminar room contains careers information.

Career Services Staff:
Mrs Fiona Wood - Career Services Administrator ext 836
Mrs Kay Georgel - Gateway Coordinator ext 834

Programmes and Services offered include:
Individual Career Conselling and Advice
Gateway - courses including workplace industry based assessment
STAR funding of courses to lead to qualifications beyond school
Career related experiences
Career units of work in subject courses

Work Experience

There are various opportunities to experience the real world of work. Students studying through Gateway and Career Management may have one day a week in a chosen workplace for varying lengths of time. Others may request individualised Work Experience or short term job shadowing. Students' attendance and progress is checked by phone calls and visits and an assessment is completed by the employer.

Career First

A package of senior courses for students intending to enter the workforce or further training and not intending to apply for university when they leave school. Some are half year and some full year. Students can opt for the whole package or some courses.
Courses include:
Barista
Automotive
Career Management
Learning Management
Hospitality
Vocational Computing
Restaurant Service
Mathematics Applied
Business English
Childcare
Toursim

STAR

Funding for programmes to enhance what is conventionally offered in school and lead to career pathways, also courses leading to qualifications beyond school.
STAR aims to enable secondary schools to facilitate their students' smooth transition from schooling to further education or employment. The objectives reflect the requirements of the National Administration Guidelines (NAGS) (iii) & (vi).

Gateway

This course for Year 12 and 13 students enables them to trial a favoured career while still at school. They are assessed against industry unit standards in a workplace once a week. When at school in addition to their other subjects, students study theory unit standards related to their chosen career. Examples include Hairdressing, Childcare, Equine, Aviation, Legal Studies.
Selection is by referral, application and interview. Students must be focussed and self motivated.

Learning Support

Learning Support Department staff work together with other school staff, parents/caregivers and people from outside of school to best cater for students’ learning needs.
Students monitored by the Department include those whose learning needs arise as a result of spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, intellectual impairment, medical conditions, altered personal circumstances, low levels of literacy and numeracy development.

Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

We assess individual students who show delays in their learning. Literacy and numeracy assessment results are explained to students and their teachers, and provide the evidence needed for staff to adapt lesson material to best suit individual needs.
Literacy assessment pinpoints students’ reading accuracy and comprehension levels, spelling ages, and the curriculum level for written language. It may also indicate learning needs in other areas, such as those linked with learning a second language.
A variety of articles, videos, books and further information on literacy may be found at:http://www.google.com/literacy/
For more information on numeracy assessment and programmes visit the Mathematics webpage.

Individual Education Plans

IEP meetings are arranged with parents/caregivers, staff and other professionals to plan programmes in response to learning needs. Students are usually invited to attend the meetings to become involved in setting their learning goals.

Behaviour Disorders

Learning problems are often linked with behaviour problems. While Learning Support staff focus primarily on assisting with learning needs, changes to more positive behaviour patterns frequently emerge as successful learning skills and strategies are developed

Reader-writer/Special examination assistance

Students faced with long term or new conditions that affect their ability to read or write may be eligible for special assistance for assessments and examinations.
Application for special assistance must be made by parents to the school, and specific criteria satisfied before approval is granted.

The Correspondence School

Students may be enrolled for lessons with The Correspondence School when they are working at a level well below that of their peers, or where a student on transfer from another school needs to continue a particular subject. Students taking courses with The Correspondence School are supervised by Learning Support Department staff.

Resource Teacher, learning and behaviour

Our RTLB helps plan both learning and behaviour management programmes for Year 9 and 10 students who have severe learning or behaviour problems. Students are referred to the RTLB by the Learning Support Department. The RTLB works with students, families, teachers and other key adults.

Spectrum Disorders

This covers a range of conditions that vary in severity and are termed ‘spectrum’ because each person presents differently. Spectrum Disorders include Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and a range of related disabilities, all of which affect everyday social and communication skills. Those with Spectrum Disorders generally find difficulty in making sense of the world in the way others are able to. Perceptual learning disabilities, while different in nature, may also be experienced by people with Spectrum Disorders. Information on Spectrum Disorders may be found at:http://www.autismnz.org.nz//autism.php

Specific Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia is perhaps the most widely recognised of the conditions termed Specific Learning Disabilities. Other conditions named as SLDs include dyscalculia, dyspraxia and aphasia. The attention deficit disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are also represented. For information on dyslexia visit:www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz

Sensory Impairment

The Learning Support Department monitors students who have visual and hearing disabilities. We work with school staff, families and outside agencies to ensure that students can access assistive equipment. Practical support is offered in day-to-day situations.

Medical Conditions

Students with both short-term and chronic medical conditions that cause significant interruption to their education are offered learning support. Where MidCentral Health is involved, the student may be enrolled with the Hospital School and Learning Support staff will liaise with teachers there. In other instances, Learning Support staff will liaise with medical professionals.

Physical Disabilities

The level of assistance given to students with physical disabilities relates to individual needs. Students are offered support to allow them to participate as fully as is possible in all aspects of school life. Meetings with families and health professionals ensure that learning and pastoral care needs may be addressed.

Intellectual Impairment

Learning Support staff work closely with intellectually impaired students, with individual education programmes in place throughout the secondary years. Senior students may achieve credits through completing Supported Learning Unit Standards, where focus is placed on developing the skills essential to living in a community.

Altered Personal Circumstances
From time-to-time students are affected by unexpected events that can cause interruption to their schooling. In situations involving accident, bereavement, or health issues, for example, students might need specific learning assistance and a quiet place in which to work. The Learning Support Department monitors such students and helps arrange for their needs to be met.