Guidance and Deans

Our Deans

Two deans are assigned to a year level. Wherever possible both Deans will lead their Year 9 cohort for 5 years into Year 13. Deans are responsible for the academic and pastoral care of all students in their year level. They work very closely with Mentor teachers, the Guidance Team and the Head of each Learning Area.

Richard Edwards - International Dean
Jonny Sarich -    Year 9
Kirsten Taylor -   Year 9
Karen Balshaw - Year 10
Teri McMullan -         Year 10
Aimee Francois - Year 11
Jason Tierney -   Year 11
Sarah Marchant - Year 12
Matt Harrison - Year 12
Nicole Arnell - Year 13
Angus Devine - Year 13

Our Guidance Team

About us

Everyone needs support through hard times. Our guidance team is here to help find the right support for you when things are getting a bit tough. Our team is made up of four counsellors and five youth workers. Check out our Te Korowai video below to see some of their smiling faces ready to get to know you!


How to get in touch

You can find our team in Te Korowai - the Counsellors building. We are situated in the house directly behind Tautoko and opposite the deans area. 

Downstairs, we have an awesome space to drop in, say hello, chat with a youth worker, grab some kai or make a counselling appointment. We also run a breakfast club out of the downstairs space every interval. Upstairs are our counselling rooms where you will go if you have an appointment with one of the guidance counsellors. 

The other main area is Te Manawa - the youth workers’ space outside the hall. Head on over there at lunch time to hangout, play games and grab a piece of fruit. 

If you would like to make a referral for counselling support, you can do so through our online referral system: Guidance Referral Form

Students can also request an appointment by completing a note in the referrals box at the bottom of the stairs in Te Korowai. Alternatively, you can ask the youth worker in the downstairs space to make a referral for you or speak with a teacher you trust - they are able to refer on to us through an online form. 

Whānau, parents and caregivers can request guidance advice or support by contacting one of the counsellors:

claire.ross@hvhs.school.nz

joanna.logan@hvhs.school.nz

karen.molloy@hvhs.school.nz

Support outside of school

If you need mental health support urgently please contact Te Haika directly: 

Phone 0800 745 477

Visit http://www.mhaids.health.nz/our-services/do-you-or-does-someone-you-know-need-help-now/

Check out these websites, phone and text lines for other wellbeing services you can access outside of school. 

Free call or Text 1737: 24 hour helpline if you are feeling anxious, down, or just need to talk.

The LowDown: Help on all kinds of areas to do with wellbeing.  Free text: 5626 / Email: team@thelowdown.co.nz

Youthline: All kinds of great advice on feelings and issues. Free phone: 0800 376 633 / Free text: 234

Kidsline: 24/7 helpline available. Call them for advice on 0800 54 37 53 anytime.

Vibe: visit https://www.vibe.org.nz/ for free, confidential health and support services for Hutt Valley young people aged 10-24

Special phone helplines: This page will take you to a list of special helplines for a wide range of issues, such as depression, addiction, grief and more.

Advice from Ministry of Health: https://parents.education.govt.nz/secondary-school/wellbeing/mental-health/

Kidslink: https://kidslink.co.nz/listing-cat/anxiety/ - find a range of expert services for kids and teens

Te Awakairangi Health: https://teawakairangihealth.org.nz/service/wellbeing-service/ - affordable health and wellbeing in Lower Hutt

Healthpoint: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/hutt/ - information about health services in the Hutt

CREDS: http://www.mhaids.health.nz/our-services/central-region-eating-disorder-services-creds/ - Central Region Eating Disorder Services for the Wellington Region

EDANZ: https://www.ed.org.nz/about-edanz - support, information, and resources for carers of people with eating disorders.

Quitline: https://quit.org.nz/ - support to quit smoking

Alcohol and Drug Helpline: https://alcoholdrughelp.org.nz/ - support if your worried about yours or someone else’s alcohol or drug use

Youthlaw: http://youthlaw.co.nz/ - free legal support for children and young people throughout NZ

Parenting Helpline: https://www.parenthelp.org.nz/ - support with parenting issues

Family Planning: https://www.familyplanning.org.nz/clinics/lower-hutt - clinical services and information regarding sexual and reproductive health

PACT: http://www.pactgroup.co.nz/ - supporting those with alcohol, drug and gambling issues and recovering from mental health 

Skylight Trust: https://www.skylight.org.nz/pages/get-support - support specialising in grief, loss and trauma

Resources we recommend

There are so many amazing resources which you can access online to support you through a hard time. Here are a few that we recommend:

Online Resources:

Aunty Dee: Helping you find a solution to the issue

Rainbow Youth: http://ry.org.nz/support-services - support for queer, gender diverse, takatāpui & intersex youth, their friends, whānau and wider communities

Inside Out: http://insideout.org.nz/resources/support/ - works with youth, whānau, schools and communities to make Aotearoa a safer place for all rainbow young people to live and be in.

Just a Thought: https://www.justathought.co.nz/ - an online learning tool which helps improve mental wellbeing

Anxiety BC: https://www.anxietycanada.com/learn-about-anxiety/anxiety-in-youth/ - resources to support those dealing with anxiety

ICON: https://icon.org.nz/ - in case of online negativity

Netsafe: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/advice/young-people/ - resources and advice for staying safe online

Shine: https://www.2shine.org.nz/ - support for those worried about or experiencing domestic violence

The Light Project: https://thelightproject.co.nz/whanau/talking-with-teens/ - support for talking to your kids about pornography

Bully Free NZ: https://www.bullyingfree.nz/need-help-now/ - support for those dealing with bullying


Apps:

Mentemia: https://www.mentemia.com/nz/home - mental health support, free to all New Zealanders

Calm: https://www.calm.com/ - guided mindfulness and sleep resources

ThinkLadder: https://web.thinkladder.com/thinkladder-app/ - self awareness and mental wellness

Dreamfora: https://dreamfora.com/ - goal setting app