Student Services

Tamatea High School offers a number of services to students. These services include a School Guidance Counsellor, Learning Support, Careers Advice and a Health Clinic (Public Health Nurse).

Junior (Year 9 & 10) – Ms Meredith Ellingham & Ms Amy Rose
Year 11 Dean – Miss Josie Burdon
Year 12 Dean – Miss Chelsea Hay
Year 13 Dean – Mrs Laleshni Kumar
(please see our staff list for email address details for each Dean)

Public Health Nurse:
Our School Nurse, Michaela, is in school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week during term time. Students can contact her at or call in to the clinic in the Kohukete Block (Admin building).

Guidance Structure:
While teaching and learning is our core business, the school recognises the need to help students develop skills in relating to others by giving opportunities for personal growth and development.

Our guidance structure helps achieve these aims and guide students to reach their full potential. Every student is placed in a Whānau Group class.

A Whānau Group teacher monitors each student’s progress, attendance and well-being.

Deans and Whānau Group Teachers encourage contact from parents to discuss progress or concerns.

Every student has access to the Guidance Counsellor (Wendy) who is trained and experienced in helping students deal with school and personal issues.

A Home Liaison Whānau Support Person provides in-school support for students and is a crucial link between school and home. Attendance monitoring and home contact are also features of this role.

A Careers Team advises and assists students at all levels of the school on careers and training opportunities.

Learning Support:

The School aims to maximise learning opportunities by providing a range of learning support measures.

Extension and Remedial Programmes for individual students are provided in Year 9 and/or Year 10.

Special Education pathways are provided to students with a medium to high level of physical and intellectual disabilities. Fairhaven Satellite School is located on site and provides a secondary school environment for students with some mainstream opportunities.

Our Learning Support Centre staff aim to help students who have learning needs by providing remedial assistance. This assistance includes evaluation, monitoring and assessments, individualised programmes, reading and literacy support programmes and “Successmaker” (individualised computerised learning). The Support Centre also provides assistance for students returning from illness or other long term absence, as well as individualised extension for able students.

Additionally, we provide support for students with specific behavioural needs. the support available includes: learning support, alternative and individualised programmes. The Dean, Resource Teacher, Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Home Liaison/Whanau Support person, senior staff and external agencies all work together to provide support for the individual to gain success and achieve.

Contact us By phone on (06) 844 6600 Or you can email us at

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