To develop self-esteem and flourish academically, students need to feel safe, happy and cared for. This requires structure, commitment and a well-defined pastoral care system. As part of our personalised approach to learning we nurture meaningful relationships between key staff and individual students.
Each student is assigned their own tutor as a personal mentor, to provide advice and guidance throughout the year. Students meet with their mentor, in groups and individually, once a week or fortnightly. This tutor is also the first point-of-contact for parents and caregivers.
Our deans are here to make sure our students settle in well, are happy and thriving. They oversee induction, ensuring new students make friends and become familiar with the building, their timetables and the services on offer.
Throughout the year, deans meet with students one-on-one to monitor academic progress, assist with course selection and provide a listening ear should any issues arise. They coordinate student focus groups and hold year level assemblies, bringing in guest speakers to address students on issues such as keeping safe. The Year 13 Dean also organises the Leavers’ Dinner for graduates.
ACG Senior College prepares young adults for university, and our University Placement Advisor, serves a vital role in advising and supporting tertiary decision-making. Individual guidance is offered, scholarship opportunities are outlined and assistance with applications is given. The advisor liaises with universities from around New Zealand and overseas, bringing in representatives to meet with students.
We help in every way we can to enable all our students to reach their full potential. Students with learning difficulties are supported and encouraged, and work together with their parents and the Principal to develop an action plan. Once completed, the plan is supplied to all the student’s teachers, and regular meetings are held with the dean to ensure the student has all the support needed for success.
We may also apply to Cambridge International Examinations or International Baccalaureate on the student’s behalf, requesting special conditions like the use of a computer, or extra time. If approved, these conditions will apply to tests throughout the year.