Roxburgh Area School

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Pastoral Care

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At Roxburgh Area School we prioritise student wellbeing (Hauora).

We recognise that it includes the four dimensions of a students’ health; physical (taha tinana), mental and emotional (taha hinengaro), social (taha whānau) and spiritual (taha wairua). These dimensions are interconnected.

The pastoral care of students at RAS is the shared responsibility of all staff and adults in the school community, including parents.

Pastoral care is an important aspect of the work of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principals, Form/Class Teachers, Counsellor, Careers Advisor, Nurse and other staff involved in supporting student wellbeing. Each staff member has a part to play in respecting and caring for students. Their pastoral role is to guide, enable and empower students to use good information to make well-considered positive choices for themselves, both educationally and in life.

Assistant Principals (APs) and Deputy Principal (DP)

APs and the DP are experienced teachers who are responsible for all students within a section of the school (Primary and Secondary). They hold an overview of all aspects of their students’ wellbeing, participation, engagement and achievement. The role of the AP/DP includes facilitating support for students and liaising with families. They provide leadership and support to teachers in providing student pastoral care.

Assistant Principal (Primary Years 1-8): Deborah Darling

Assistant Principal (Secondary Years 9-13): Adelle Banks

Deputy Principal: Jason Moore


School Counsellor

Our school counsellor is a specialised educational professional. She can assist students to deal with a variety of personal, social or behavioural issues that have the potential to put a student’s wellbeing, learning and school achievement at risk.

Our school counsellor is Sharleen Stirling. She is at school weekly on a Tuesday between 9am and 11am. Appointments can be made by parents (Years 1-8) or by students (Years 9-13) by phoning/texting 027 4267332 or by email at [email protected]