At Rutherford College we have two counsellors serving our school community. Our counsellors have Post Graduate qualifications in Counselling and are registered with the New Zealand Association for Counsellors. We abide by the Code of Ethics of New Zealand Association of Counsellors, which means that confidentiality is maintained unless there is an imminent risk to safety. We are both qualified and registered teachers, with a number of years’ experience between us. We have regular supervision outside the department and are committed to ongoing professional development.
We are passionate about maintaining our students’ right for free and confidential counselling and guidance. We aim to work collaboratively within our strong pastoral team to support the students as best we can when and where appropriate. We work towards reducing barriers to a student’s academic progress, as well as improving a student’s emotional well being.
Common issues we are able to support students and families with include:
- Lack of motivation
- Inability to concentrate
- Low self esteem
- Bullying & harrassment
- Drugs and alcohol
- Loss and grief
- Behavioural issues
The counsellors work with individuals, groups, couples, parents or other family combinations. We have established close links with key outside agencies, some of which have representatives who visit the school regularly. These include Marinoto (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), SAFE, Netsafe, Altered High (Youth branch of Community Alcohol and Drug Services), CYF (Child, Youth and Family) and Sexual Abuse Help Foundation.
We work with a number of different community services which families and students can also contact directly.
Phone 0800543354 OR 522-2999
LIFELINE FOR CHINESE SPEAKING 0800-888-880
LOWDOWN LIFELINE FOR DEPRESSION TXT 5626
ADHD SUPPORT GROUP Ph 09-426-0595
ASTHMA Ph 623-0236
ALATEEN Ph 379-4871
CADS WEST Ph 836-6166
EATING DISORDERS Ph 523-3531
HEARING AND VISION TESTING Ph 839-0000 Ext 6079 (FRIDAYS ONLY)
RAINBOW YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES Ph 376-4155
SMOKING The Quitline Ph 0800-778-778
YOUTHLINE Ph 0800-376-633
YOUTHLAW (up to 25yrs of age) Ph 309-6967
FAMILY PLANNING CENTRE Henderson Ph 836-0026
STIs Ph 433-2544
AIDS HOTLINE Ph 0800-802-437
HERPES HOTLINE Ph 0508-111-213
PREGNANCY CENTRE Ph 376-6658
RAPE, TE PUA RURUHAU Ph 307-2860
WHATSUP Phone 0800-942-8787 Age 5-18yrs (Can refer to other groups) 12noon- 12midnight – 7 DAYS
Student Health Services
The Student Health Clinic is situated at the back entrance of Rutherford College (Toru St), and is the first prefab building on the right. Our Registered Nurse is based in the clinic from 8.00 to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and is qualified to tend to all injured or ill students. If necessary, she will refer them onto other medical establishments, or send them home.
Procedures for the Health Clinic
Unless a student is bleeding, has difficulty breathing, has a pre-existing medical condition or has had an accident, all students going to the SHS during class time MUST have their diaries signed by the teacher of the class they are currently in.
If the Nurse determines that the student needs to go home or requires further medical assistance, she will call their parents/caregivers. Students should not be using their mobile phones to do this.
Parents/caregivers need to physically come to school to pick up the student and will be issued with a Police Truancy Form from either our Attendance Officer or Front office before they leave.
If a student needing to go home has driven a car/motor bike or taken a taxi to school, the College requires written permission in the form of an email from their parent/guardian before being permitted to go home.
Re-dressings of wounds must be in the student’s own time; before school, or during interval or lunch time.
The School Shop is located at the front of the school with the Accounts Department and is also the place to go for PE uniform sales, second hand uniform, socks and scarves, text books and basic stationery supplies, and is available between 8.30am and 2.30pm. It is also the home of lost property, which is held until the end of each term.