Children experience significant growth during the period of emerging adolescence. Their successful development during this stage is dependent upon a specific set of needs being addressed.

Our school seeks to:

  • Give all students personal opportunities for academic and cultural success
  • Provide diverse opportunities so all students can develop confidence in their ability to try out new things and adapt
  • Ensure students and staff interact in a positive way
  • Present all students with a range of physical endeavours that will promote physical growth, skill development and a positive attitude towards looking after themselves
  • Allow all students access to opportunities where they can participate in school life in a meaningful way
  • Provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe and where all students understand routines and behaviour expectations.

Student Support

We are aware that pre-adolescence is a time of significant change and consequently there will be times when a student may require support to assist with their personal growth and development.

All students have access to Year 8 peer mediators and a student support team who have been trained in assisting students experiencing minor conflicts. Serious issues are dealt with in accordance to school policy and process.  There is a transparent process for resolving any forms of verbal or physical harassment. 

Class health programmes focus on personal relationships, dealing with conflict and caring for yourself.


We have a counsellor who is available two days a week. Students can self refer or be referred by teachers or parents. This service is bound by a code of ethics and is completely confidential.

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Dyslexic Friendly Strategies

We are a dyslexic friendly school and our teachers and teacher aides participate in workshops to develop a clear understanding of dyslexic friendly strategies. Students can also be selected to participate in the Lexia Learning Programme. Lexia Learning is an online programme specifically for students with dyslexic and dyspraxic tendencies. It can also support students who find reading challenging. 

Students are supported by a teacher aide and participate in an individual programme three to four times a week for fifteen minutes. We liaise closely with a number of special needs agencies. In consultation with homeroom teachers and parents, students can be referred for additional specialist support. This could include:Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) Special Education Services (MoE)Attention Behaviour TeamWaitemata Health Assistive Technology (MoE).

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s specific needs please do not hesitate to contact us:

Anne Paterson
Special Needs Coordinator
09 489 4878 ext 226