High Level of Support

William Colenso College prides itself on the level of support and services available for students and families. This support encompasses all aspects of school life, including; learning, extension opportunities, careers advice, extra-curricular, scholarships, health, counselling and many others. We are very conscious of the individual needs of our students and ensure we both recognise these needs and provide programmes and support to make a difference for every student.

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services at the College fosters a team approach so that support staff within the school work with the many ‘outside providers’. These include Dove, Presbyterian and Anglican Support, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Parent Line and many others who provide one-to-one and group services as the need is identified.

The Head of Support Services, a Deputy Principal is fully supported by the other Deputy Principals, the Head of both Middle and Senior Schools. Key members of her team include:

  • The Guidance Counsellor
  • The Manager of Te Whanau Ora

There is a Learning Support Centre for students requiring learning/behaviour support from a team of teacher aides who also work within classrooms as the need arises.

An extensive health service is provided by the DHB for all medical needs including injury assessment and treatments, sexual health, child protection assessment, smoking cessation, illness supports, and referrals to other medical providers.

A SWIS (Social Worker In Schools) works 2.5 days each week principally with year 7-8 students with many issues particularly with hygiene and self-esteem.

William Colenso College is privileged to have an extensive support service and we thank all our outside providers for ensuring we ‘can wrap services around’ our students as the need arises to ensure that they can achieve the vision and values of William Colenso College.

Career Education and Guidance

We offer advice and support to students and whanau by providing effective career mentoring and guidance in Years 7-13. Students have the opportunity to plan a future career pathway by making career connections with a focus on school subjects, a student’s aspirations and life and beyond. Careers thinking is integrated into every aspect of life at William Colenso College.

Manaakitanga – Respect
Rangatiratanga – Leadership
Whanaungatanga – Belonging
Hiranga – Striving for Excellence
Rereketanga – Diversity
Matatautanga – Learning
Kaitiakitanga – Sustainability