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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 Class Groups at Years 7-8 and Tutor Groups from Year 9 onwards.  At Year 7-8 the students identify with their class teacher and peer group. 

Once they enter Year 9, 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. 

In Year 9 -10, during the two half-hour slots each week, they discuss issues regarding their academic progress, co-curricular and service activities, time management and wellbeing issues relevant to teenagers. 

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 Senior College and Middle College we talk about being a family within a family. Our smallest family is the Class or Tutor Group. 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 group meets together once a week for an Assembly to celebrate achievements and for the 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 Heads of Student Wellbeing (AP) 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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Clinical Pyschologist

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 works closely with the School Counsellor Richard Tucker, specialising in supporting those students who may have mental health concerns and high levels of distress. Her therapeutic work is informed by an in-depth understanding of both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).