There is a highly professional support service offered to students through the
Student Support Services Centre. There is a RTLB social worker and a guidance counsellor along with a centre of extra learning support. This group of people is available to students and their
families to address issues which are barriers to learning.
To ensure maximum academic progress, One Tree Hill College has developed a
comprehensive pastoral programme.
All students are part of a whanau class. This whanau class is part of a group of
whanau classes which are supervised by a whanau leader. Your child's whanau leader will probably
the first person you contact if you have any questions or concerns about your
child's progress. The whanau leader and whanau teachers take a special interest in the
attendance, welfare and progress of each of their students. Course supervisors
are available to give guidance regarding courses.
In most cases, junior students are taught by staff from their own whanau and stability is given to students by keeping them in whanau based teaching groups as much as possible.
Whanau classes meet at whanau time twice a day for attendance checking and other
administrative or pastoral matters. Year 9 students have three to four peer
supporters attached to each of their whanau classes. The peer support programme
is an example of how senior students can help Year 9 students to settle into
secondary school, while at the same time developing their own leadership and