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Counselling Service

At Rutherford College we have two counsellors serving our school community. Our counsellors are; Michelle Parkinson – Head of Counselling (BA, BEd, MA Couns, MNZAC), and Chris Brehmer- Counsellor (BA, Grad dip Tchg, PG Dip Couns).

Most of the students we see self refer when they identify they want support, and others are referred by parents, teachers or peers who are concerned about the student’s wellbeing.  Students can message the counsellors on Instagram @rutherfordcounselling.  This instagram account is monitored during school hours only and is not an emergency service.  We also receive referrals through the email address [email protected]

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. All counsellors in New Zealand are required to have regular external supervision and to commit to ongoing professional development.

We work towards reducing barriers to a student’s academic progress, as well as improving a student’s emotional well being and mental health.

Common issues we are able to support students and families with include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low self esteem
  • Bullying & harassment
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Loss and grief
  • Behavioural issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
  • Abuse

We have established close links with key outside agencies. These include Marinoto (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), The Youth Hub, SAFE, Netsafe, Altered High (Youth branch of Community Alcohol and Drug Services), Oranga Tamariki and Sexual Abuse Help Foundation.

Community Services

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

Phone Numbers

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.

School Shop

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.

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