SERVICES, SUPPORT AND WELLBEING
Student services, advice, polices and forms for the day-to-day structure and well-being of Hillcrest High Students.
Hillcrest High has a whole school approach to student wellbeing, so every student and adult has a responsibility to care for each other.
Every student is placed in a Hauora form class with other students from their year level. The Hauora form class teacher will maintain a close liaison with students in their group and with the Deans.
The Deans have responsibility for the welfare and administration of a year group and they progress with that group throughout a student’s years at school. Contact with the school regarding a student should first be made through the appropriate Hauora form class teacher or Dean.
Each senior leader (Principal, Deputy Principal and Assistant Principals) is attached to a year level. They play an integral role in the pastoral care and well being of students.
Guidance Counsellors provide confidential counselling services to students at the school. Appointments can be requested by students or referrals can be made by parents or staff. Counsellors can be contacted through the school office.
Senior students play an important role in the support and care of younger students at Hillcrest High School.
Peer support leaders meet regularly with Year 9 students to assist their transition to high school through a structured peer support programme.
Hillcrest High School has a well-equipped health clinic, with two registered nurses who job share. A nurse is available to see students who become unwell or injured at school, offer advice and health information, and talk with students about adolescent health issues including mental and emotional health.
Students can be seen at interval and lunchtimes and during class time if urgent.
The clinic has a doctor who comes one morning a week and a physiotherapist who runs two clinics a week. Students make appointments at the health clinic.
The Hauora programme is delivered in year groups across the whole school.
The programme is based upon the Maaori philosophy of health and well-being which is commonly referred to throughout New Zealand.
The content of the programme is based upon the concept of Te Whare Tapa Wha, which is made up of four pillars; Taha tinana – Physical well-being, Taha hinengaro – Mental and emotional well- being, Taha whanau – Social well-being, and Taha wairua – Spiritual well-being.
The content will cover a range of topics from growth mindset, to money management, to empathy. The content and material of the sessions will vary across year groups, but will all very much focus upon our vision of a holistic approach to help build our students into well rounded, happy individuals.