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Above all else, the wellbeing of our students is paramount and at Saint Kentigern College, you can expect the very best care for your child.

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Class and Tutor Groups

Pastoral care in our Middle College is based around Tutor groups at Years 8-13, which are aligned with the student’s House. Year 7 have their Form teacher as their Tutor. For Years 8-10, the tutor groups are single gender with an average of 14 students per group. The Tutor group meet every morning from 8.40-8.50am and again for 30 minutes prior to lunch. On two of the days, they go to Middle College Assembly and Chapel as a group. 

Where possible the students have the same Tutor from Years 9 to 13 so each student has a ‘significant adult’ in their school life who gets to know them extremely well over the five years. 

During one 30-minute slot each week, Tutors facilitate the Navigate programme, which has been designed to enhance student wellbeing and develop character. There are different themes and activities for each year level, and the programme proactively prepares students to navigate their journey of life positively. 

For us it is all about relationships. Every teacher at the College is a Tutor and as such they form a strong relationship with their Class or Tutor Group, and also their parents whether that be by email, text, phone or in person.

In both the Middle College and Senior College we talk about being a family within a family. Our smallest family is the Tutor Group or Form Class. Every student belongs to one of the six Houses.  Each House family is led by two staff Heads of House, one in the Middle College and one in the Senior College. These teachers have proven themselves as outstanding Tutors with a real passion for the pastoral care of our students. Chapels are held in House Groups once a week as well as once a term on a Sunday evening. 

The next family each student belongs to is either the Middle College or Senior College. Each College meets together once a week for an Assembly to celebrate achievements and for the Principals and Deputy Principals of each College and students to give clear messages, reports and news relevant to each age group. 

The largest family each student belongs to is the College and we have regular full College Assembly to commend students, teams and groups and promote upcoming events.

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Our Pastoral Care Team

Our Pastoral Care Teams are led by our Deputy Principals (Heads of Student Wellbeing) and include the Heads of House, Head of International Students, Guidance Counsellors, Chaplain, Nurse, Head of Maori and Pasifika, Head of Student Futures (Careers), Head of Student Academic Development and Head of Boarding.  All these people are given generous time allocations to ensure the pastoral care of our students is the best on offer.

Guidance Department

Research strongly associates levels of wellbeing with our capacity for learning. The Guidance Department at Saint Kentigern are committed to educating the whole person, thereby supporting their experience towards improved levels of achievement and greater satisfaction in their lives. We are available for students primarily during school hours. Where necessary, we take a family approach and involve parents. 

Further to being trained, registered and certified in Teaching, our Head of Guidance, Mr Richard Tucker completed his Masters of Education in Counselling at the University of Auckland and is registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).  As a School Counsellor, Mr Tucker works with healthy adolescents and children who are encountering difficult events that happen as part of normal development. These things may include: 

  • Helping students to explore their difficulties and concerns, and to develop their capabilities and resilience

  • Fostering conditions in which a student can grow and develop as a person

  • Offering leadership and sharing expertise in promoting positive relationships

  • Promoting awareness of and respect for difference

  • Advocating for those who are disempowered.
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Research strongly associates levels of wellbeing with our capacity for learning. Within any school community there will always be students who are experiencing a range of personal difficulties and hardships which can negatively impact on them being at their best in school. In the Wingate Building, students can visit a range of mental health professionals. Saint Kentigern are committed to educating the whole person, thereby supporting their experience towards improved levels of achievement and greater satisfaction in their lives. The Guidance Department are available for students primarily during school hours. Where necessary, we take a family approach and involve parents and caregivers.

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Counsellor

Further to being trained, registered and certified in Teaching, our Head of Guidance, Mr Richard Tucker completed a Master of Education majoring in Counselling at the University of Auckland and is registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).  As a School Counsellor, Mr Tucker works with healthy adolescents and children who are encountering difficult and often unexpected events that happen as part of normal development. Effective counselling seeks to empower the student to develop their coping skills and make positive changes in their lives. It includes working with individuals, groups and families/whānau, and working at the interface between students and others around them who may influence their lives. These things may include:

  • Helping students to explore their strengths amid their difficulties and concerns, and how they can develop their capabilities and resilience
  • Fostering conditions in which a student can grow and develop as a person
  • Offering leadership and sharing expertise in promoting positive relationships
  • Promoting awareness of and respect for difference

Advocating for those who are disempowered.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Ele Porteous completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland and is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board in the Clinical scope of practice. She is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology.

Ele brings experience from working in adolescent mental health services, and in child physical health. As a Clinical Psychologist, she specialises in evidence based therapeutic interventions for young people with mental health problems, and those whose distress levels are significantly impacting on their ability to function in the areas that are important to them. Her main therapeutic modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). All therapeutic work is also informed by an understanding the impact of childhood attachment relationships, trauma, physical health, and developmental difficulties.

Counselling Psychologist

Lucy Thompson is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board in the Counselling scope of practice and completed her postgraduate training at Auckland University of Technology. Lucy is a former New Zealand Football representative and completed her undergraduate study at Angelo State University in Texas, where she received an athletic scholarship. Lucy specialises in supporting students with both clinically diagnosable mental health issues and those with less severe and non-clinical concerns. Lucy is also passionate about supporting young athletes to improve their psychological skills, so that they can enhance their athletic performance. Lucy takes an integrative approach with the therapeutic frameworks she uses, with her clinical practice being largely informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but also having skills in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

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