Looking after the well-being of our students is a vital part of the school day. The Preparatory School has made a deliberate decision to continue to offer a one teacher to one class of children. This is counter to the current trend in New Zealand state schools whereby two or more classes and teachers are together in one large teaching space. It is this conscious decision which allows our classroom teachers to develop an in-depth understanding and empathy for the small group of students in their care.
For the students who require more specialised support, the Pastoral Care team provides an important service. This team meets once a week to discuss and allocate students to a variety of services, including in-school counselling and guidance, and referral to outside agencies. Our Head of Education in the Preparatory School, Vicki Pettit, is also part of the Pastrol Care team, providing a link to school leadership as well as an oversight of procedures and practices in this area. Students' needs are regularly updated and tracked through the College’s student management system, ensuring the right information is being seen in a timely manner to support students.
The Chaplaincy and Well-being teams provide support and development for staff in understanding their own well-being and managing the complexities of work and home life in the 21st century. The College also provides the services of Workplace Support who provide independent employee assistance in addressing personal and work-related issues.