Inclusive Education and Student Supports

Guidance Services

The Guidance Counsellor is a specifically trained professional who can explore difficult personal situations with anyone who requires assistance to process events that are occurring in their life and the associated consequences. The consequences of Spiritual, Emotional, Psychological and Physical; can impact on all persons associated with the experience and Alfriston College will provide appropriate support.

Restorative Justice and Conferencing

Restorative Conferencing is widely used by Alfriston College to resolve all relationship issues. Guidance staff, Whanau Leaders and most members of the Senior Leadership Team are trained Restorative Conference facilitators.


  • Anything said to the Counsellor is confidential and will not be shared with any other person.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

  • When the Counsellor is seeking legal, ethical or peer advice on a difficult issue. In this situation confidentiality is preserved but the situation may be explained to a third independent party to ensure appropriate responses, action, practitioner and client safety. 

Absolute Exception to Confidentiality

  • When a disclosure is made that clearly indicates to the counsellor a client has the intention of harming themselves or others, the counsellor will inform the appropriate services to ensure no harm will occur to anyone.

One to one and group counselling services are available for Alfriston College students, families and associated community members during school hours. Relationship advice and guidance is freely available.

Michael Donovan Guidance Counsellor Monday to Thursday
Anastassia Carlson Guidance Counsellor Intern Fridays
Jo Chanyau Guidance Counsellor Intern Tuesday Afternoon and Thursdays

If you wish to contact Guidance, email is the best method of communication. You can call Alfriston College Reception if it is urgent.

Student Support

Belong Learn Succeed Team (BLAST)

Alfriston College has developed an innovative process called Inclusive Education to support and develop all Alfriston College learners.  A team is created to identify the educational areas of development students require, to access the curriculum or extend their exceptional capacity. Students with an exceptional capacity or learning requirement include:
Superior Skills and Ability, Ongoing Resource Funded, Health Funded, Resource Teacher for the Deaf, Visual Impairment, Interim Response Funded and other exceptional learning presentations.
The BLAST process has a year nine and ten learner target of Literacy and Numeracy skills as prime learning.
The team consists of the learner, whanau, school and other agencies like the Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour service as and when required.  The goal is for the student to achieve learning independence to achieve life-long learning.
The BLAST staff are:

Cara Muir Literacy
Elizabeth Ross-Collier Numeracy
Louise Hemmingson ORS and other Funded Students
Julie Bingley Learning Assistant
Vivien Keys Learning Assistant
Rachel Nation Learning Assistant

If you wish to contact our BLAST service please email.

Student Support

Youth Worker Team

Alfriston College has a dedicated youth worker team of three led by Mr. Maurice Tarei, which works with learners and their families to support positive school relationships. This support develops all aspects of learning and success. Support can range from restoring relationships, exploring positive alternatives to resolve issues and engaging with whanau to develop trust, awareness of available resources and our community.
Student Support

Health Centre

The Health Centre is centrally located, right beside student services and is open from 8am - 3.30pm daily during term time. We offer confidential advice, care and treatment to our learners and we can offer help in protecting our young people physically and emotionally, encouraging independence and a healthy life style. We work in a non-judgemental manner and are culturally aware.

Services we offer:

  • First Aid
  • Health education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sex education
  • Weight and healthy eating advice
  • Managing chronic illnesses and helping those learners in main stream school
  • Someone to talk to if there are problems at home or with friends
  • To work as a link to other health providers and our learners
  • Advice about who to see if extra help is required
  • Booklets, pamphlets and information on a range of youth relevant topics

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Careers Centre

The Careers Centre is located in the Admin building, beside the cashiers office and next to the virtual forest. Our doors are always open.
The Alfriston College Careers Centre is available to help learners develop their career goals and help learners gain an understanding of their career interests and skill areas, as these are important in making a sound career choice.
The Careers Centre has heaps of information on job choices, courses and tertiary providers. We also offer The Gateway Programme, which is a workplace initiative for Senior Learners. It allows learners to gain work experience and achieve credits towards NCEA.

Independent Learning Centre

Student Support