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.

Who are we?

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.

Mrs. Cassandra Johnston has been at St John's since 2022, and prior to that was full time private practice. She earned her Bachelor of Counselling from Wintec and works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mr Jonathan Brown is our Student Counsellor who is in his second year of studies towards a Bachelor's degree in Counselling at Wintec. Mr Brown is an old boy of St John's College and he works Monday afternoons and Thursdays.

Referral/Contact Details

Students and/or parents can make appointments on their own with the counsellor of their choice in several ways:

  • Email and request an appointment, or ring and leave a message:
  • Make an appointment at Student Services
  • Come to the Counselling rooms in Student Services and make an appointment directly with Ms. Morris or Mrs. Johnston 
  • OR, slip an Appointment Request form under the Counsellor's Office door if they’re not available.

Reach Out for Help

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

Helpline: 1737

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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