It's inevitable in the life of parenting teenagers, that there will be concerns at some stage during the high school years.
That's why our pastoral team is here. We can talk with your sons 1:1 about anything from motivation and friendship issues, to talking about a death, a divorce in the family or any other type of loss. Anxiety, low mood/depression, stress, relationship issues: whatever the concern, counsellors are here to listen empathetically, to help a young person reflect and make a plan for change, all with confidentiality assured.
Head Counsellor, Ms. Carolyn Morris, has been at St John's College since 2007. She earned her Master's degree in School Counselling from California State University, and has been a full member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellor's since 2008. Ms. Morris works full-time hours.
Mr. Rob Macdonald is new to St. John’s College in 2021, hailing from Canterbury. He has a wealth of experience as he’s been a trained counsellor since 2003. (Master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Canterbury) Mr. MacDonald will be available for appointments Wednesday-Friday.
Students and/or parents can make appointments on their own with the counsellor of their choice in several ways:
Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
Youth services: (06) 3555 906
Youthline: 0800 376 633
Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
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