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Learner Support - Careers, Guidance, Health, ILC, Youth Workers



Careers Centre


The Alfriston College Careers Centre is located in the Admin building, beside the cashiers office and next to the virtual forest. Our doors are always open. The Careers Staff are available to help learners develop their pathways and gain an understanding of their career interests and skill areas. We have information on job choices, courses and tertiary providers.

Alfriston College learners may choose from a wide-range of opportunities to assist with pathway and personal development. There is a wide range of Pathway Courses which are run in conjunction with our local tertiary providors. Year 12 learners may choose a one day a week placement and Year 13 learners study for two days out of school.  There is also the Gateway Programme which is a workplace initiative for Senior Learners. It allows learners to gain work experience and achieve credits towards NCEA. We also offer STAR courses where learners can achieve NCEA credits in work related fields by completing short term courses.

Feeling a bit lost about what direction you are heading in for life after Alfriston College? We understand figuring out what you want to do can be a difficult process. Below are some links to helpful online resources to help you on your journey. Our Careers Department is also open daily to help assist you, so pop in and see what they have to offer.


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.

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


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



Independent Learning Centre (ILC)


Independent Learning time in the Independent Learning Centre is an integral part of our Year 12 and Year 13 programmes. Year 12s spend 2 periods in the ILC and Year 13s spend 4 periods.

This allows for the following:

  1. Part of the time allocated for each subject is expected to be Independent Learning. Instruction with each Learning Leader is 2 lessons per week - 3 hours. For Year 12s, Independent Learning is 1 hour minimum per week for each subject. Half of this time is allocated to ILC and the rest of the time would be Home Learning. For Year 13s, Independent Learning is 2 hours minimum per week. Half of this time is allocated to ILC and the rest is Home Learning time.
  2. The Independent Learning Centre is a place where learners can develop and practise the skills of prioritising and time management in a supportive environment. This proves invaluable to our learners when they transition to tertiary study.
  3. The Learning Leaders in ILC monitor the learners. They check attendance rates and credit acquisition. They identify those with course issues and refer learners when required. They also have focus learners each term whom they mentor in order to ensure that the learners are taking deliberate actions towards success. ILC Learning Leaders support the Hapu Amokura with caring for and guiding Year 12 and Year 13 learners.
  4. All learners are required to plan their deliberate actions for the week and this includes their use of the IL time. Setting a goal on arrival and reflecting on their use of time, the learning and the next steps form a crucial part of the learning cycle.
  5. By having good attendance and demonstrating positive learning dispositions in and beyond the IL Centre, learners can apply for a licence which allows them to sign out to work with particular Learning Leaders (PROVISIONAL LICENCE) or the freedom to learn at home or anywhere on campus (FULL LICENCE). This personalises learners’ timetables so that they can prioritise their learning depending on their needs.

Pathway planning including acquiring work readiness skills, scholarship applications, course applications and extra assessment opportunities such as CV writing and Career Exploration can be facilitated during ILC time. These are essential processes for all Year 13 learners and they are also very relevant to Year 12 learners. The Careers Team works closely with the Independent Learning Centre.


Youth Worker Team

Alfriston College has a dedicated youth worker team lwhich 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.