WE'RE HERE TO HELP
We are always here to help with questions or problems. We provide a comprehensive guidance service to meet the various personal, academic and career issues that may concern parents, caregivers and students. Students and/or their parents and caregivers can make appointments with any of our team by contacting the school office.
The first link in the guidance network is the Form Teacher. All students are assigned to a form class and the Form Teacher is their first point of reference. The form teacher has special responsibility for the welfare and progress of the class. Routine notes about absence, health matters, uniform, homework etc should be addressed to the Form Teacher. Form teachers have a wealth of knowledge about the progress and behaviour of students in their class.
Deans are assigned to each year level. They allocate students to forms, confirm courses of study, counsel students and deal with discipline matters. The form teachers and deans form a team that aims to ensure each student has a safe and successful year.
Mrs Wereta is the Hawera High School Guidance Counsellor and she can be contacted directly by students and parents or caregivers on any matter – academic, career or personal. All guidance counsellors are bound by a code of confidentiality.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
The Public Health Nurse is also available for advice on health matters. She can refer students if more specialised treatment is required.
Ms Martin is the Hawera High School Careers Advisor and she is available for students at any level for careers direction and guidance. Students may also find the following link useful when exploring their vocational pathway YOUTH GUARANTEE
STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER
Our Student Support office, managed by Tracey Hardy, supports students with their pastoral needs, monitors attendance and liases with families and outside agencies.
Learning mentors provide support and guidance to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in learning
Our Peer Support programme is based upon the principle that people absorb information and values from each other. As a method of transmitting sound and positive ideas, it is a valuable tool. Year 13 students are trained to act as group leaders to small groups of Year 9 students. These senior students gain opportunities for self-development. They experience responsibility and develop communication and leadership skills, becoming increasingly aware of their abilities. Year 9 students gain a supportive environment in which to develop their individuality. The small groups provide security and friendship as aids to these new entrants’ transition to successful secondary school life.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
Parents are asked to ring school when a student is absent. On the first day of return after an absence a student must present to the form teacher a note of explanation from the parent or caregiver, which is dated and gives a suitable reason for the absence. Parents will receive txt messages to enquire about a student's absence.
A note should be brought from home which is presented to the form teacher who issues a town pass at form meeting. Students must sign in and out of school at the school office. During class time students should only be going out for such appointments as the doctor and dentist.
All students are expected to do homework on a regular basis. This work complements the work of the classroom. It may take various forms from the revision and finishing of class-work to the completion of additional assignments. All Year 9 and 10 students are issued with a Student Diary at the start of the year. The Student Diary will help record and plan homework commitments.
Contact the school office immediately. The naming of all property is important. Unfortunately, the school can take no responsibility for lost property. Parents should actively discourage students from bringing valuable items to school.
Students may not leave the school grounds at lunchtimes or interval. Food is sold in the school canteen. If students wish to go home for lunch, on a regular basis, they must apply for a permanent lunch pass from their form teacher. Applications must be signed by the student’s parent or caregiver. Once issued, students must keep the pass on them whenever they are out of school during the lunch hour. Year 13 students do not need lunch passes.
These should be handed into the office for safekeeping. Students must take responsibility for their belongings. Cellphones, ipods etc are not the responsibility of the school.
In emergencies, students should ask staff in the school office for use of a phone. It is school policy that cell phones are away and switched off during class time.
Meet Our Guidance & Careers Team
Meet Our Deans
Dean - Year 9
Dean - Year 10
Dean - Year 11
Dean - Year 12
Dean - Year 13