Student Wellbeing

Whāre Structure

All students are placed in one of four whāre, where they will be supported by a kaiarataki (head of house) who will work alongside the kaitiaki (dean of house) and a group of whānau teachers.

Students will be connected to the same whāre throughout their time at Riccarton High School. Our 4 whāre are:

KOTUHI | Pre-dawn

Kaiarataki: Miss Emma Cusdin

Kaitiaki: Mr Mel Anderson

ATATU | Day-break

Kaiarataki: Miss Aeronwy Cording

Kaitiaki: Miss Natalie Bell

WHAIAO | Broad daylight

Kaiarataki: Mrs Carmen Kenton

Kaitiaki: Mrs Tara Bell


Kaiarataki: Ms Emma Trott

Kaitiaki: Matua Ramon Roberts


Riccarton High School has two counsellors and a social worker who ensure students receive information to assist them to make positive, informed and appropriate decisions about their future. The counsellors are also available if students have specific concerns about anything at school or home.

Learning Support Co-ordinator

The Learning Support Co-ordinator oversees extra learning support required by students who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or behavioural disorders so that they can be more successful in the classroom.

Whānau Classes

Each whāre consists of a group of whānau classes. These classes will be around 18 students in total, covering a range of students from Years 9 to 13 with one whānau teacher.

The vertical nature of these whānau classes will allow older students to mentor younger students.

In Te Ao Māori, this system of older and younger learning from each other is referred to as tuakana–teina.

Whānau classes will meet for two short, 20-minute sessions each week and one longer session which will allow for a stronger focus on academic mentoring, life skills, embedding aspects of well-being and resiliency.

Kōtuhi | Purple

Ms Karen Browning KBZ

Mr Elliott Campbell KCB

Mrs Louise Heenan KHE

Ms Julia Johnstone KJS

Ms Annie King KKG

Ms Carole Lake KLK

Mrs Heather Lindsay KLY

Ms Lydia Mills KMI

Ms Sue Napier KNP

Mr Matt Roland KRD

Mr Paddy Scott KSC

Mrs Alex Schwass KSW

Mr Eric Wang KWG

Atatū | Yellow

Mrs Lorna Biddington ABD

Mr Charles Grubb AGB

Mrs Jo Gordon AGD

Ms Aidyn Thomas AGR

Ms June Milne AME

Mr Blair McHugh AMH

Ms Jenny May AMY

Ms Sarah Nicholas AMY

Mr Chris Nielsen ANS

Mr Lachlan Paewai APW

Mrs Sabina Reed ARR

Mrs Kate Rowlands ARW

Mrs Maree Vercoe AVE

Mr Bryan Wedlake AWA

Whaiao | Blue

Mrs Sarah Blissett WBI

Mrs Nikki Conyers WCS

Ms Sarah Dunn WDN

Mr Jeff Gunn WGN

Mr Andrew Jefferson WJE

Mrs Jena Johnston WJT

Mrs Anthea Knowles WKN

Ms Kerry McCarthy WMCY

Miss Monique Nixon WNX

Mrs Cerys Roberts-Smith WRB

Mrs Kara Ross WRS

Mr Michael Seddon WSD

Ms Annette Schnell WSL

Mr Chris Stewart WST

Mrs Lucia Teague-Schellekens WTS

Uranga | Orange

Mr Remco Baars UBB

Ms Amie Blackwell UBW

Ms Juliet Fry UFR

Ms Aleysha Kerrigan UGI

Mr Joel Hammond UHM

Mrs Michelle Hemmingsen UHN

Miss Tania Hawes UHW

Mr Yu Ito UIT

Miss Kristi Le Cren ULC

Mr Sam Leary ULR

Mrs Susan McCabe UMCB

Ms Anne-Marie Plummer UPL

Mr John Webster UWS