Careers Support

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 - 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 -
Canterbury Universtity -
Lincoln University -
Otago University -
Victoria University -
Waikato University -

Career Services Department

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:

Ms Joanna Crowhurst, HOD Careers
Mrs Donna Richards, Careers 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


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).


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.