Pastoral care

Whanau groups

Students are divided into whānau groups at each year level 9-13. Whānau teachers are the first point of contact for pastoral matters as they see students regularly.

9BT Mrs Susan Bennett
Miss Priscilla Falconer
9CN Ms Rachael Cain
Ms Carole Lake
9GD Mrs Jo Gordon
Mr Adam Facer
9HN Mrs Michelle Hemmingsen
9HW Miss Tania Hawes 9MH Mr Blair McHugh
9NS Mr Chris Nielsen 9RD Mr Matt Roland
Ms Sharyn Varcoe
9VP Mr Alexander van der Peet
Mrs Ruth Gamblin
10BE Miss Natalie Bell
10BU Mrs Margaret Butler 10CD Miss Aeronwy Cording
10EA Ms Sarah Eaton
Mrs Heather Lindsay
Mrs Kate Rowlands
10JQ Mrs Anne Jacques
10MK Miss Kate McClintock 10PT Mr Alex Prentice
10PW Mr Lachlan Paewai 10TN Mr John Thomson
11BL Ms Joanne Blake 11HB Ms Anne Herbison
Mr Russell Cairns
11HC Ms Kalina Harmer-Campbell 11HT Mr Todd Houston
Mrs Lucia Teague-Schellekens
11IT Mr Yu Ito 11MF Ms Laura Mifflin
Mr Roger Moss
11MI Ms Lydia Mills
Mrs Maree Vercoe
11MT Ms Carla Martin
11MV Ms Christine Melvin
Ms Angela Bland
11MY Matua Mike Murray
11NB Ms Rebekah Narbey
Mr Steven Shaw
11SL Ms Annette Schnell
Ms Ann McCarthy
11WS Mr John Webster
Ms Lara Grocott
12BB Mr Remco Baars
12GN Mr Jeff Gunn 12HY Ms Kim Henry
Mrs Alexandra Schwass
12KD MsVanessa Kidd 12LC Miss Kristi Le Cren
12NL Ms Jena Nielsen 12RB Ms Cerys Roberts
Mr Elliott Campbell
12RG Mr Andrew Regaldo 12SC Mr Paddy Scott
12SN Mr Bruce Saunders
Ms Jayne Abernethy
12TR Miss Emma Trott
13BA Mr Ron Boersma
Mr Alvin Rolfe
13BW Ms Amie Blackwell
13BZ Ms Karen Browning  13CS Mrs Nikki Conyers
13GE Ms Tania Gardiner  13HU Ms Kate Husband
13JE Mr Andrew Jefferson  13NP Ms Sue Napier
13PL Ms Anne-Marie Plummer 13WA Mr Bryan Wedlake
LE Mrs Linda Leishman KG Ms Annie King

Year level deans

Deans are responsible for overall well-being of students in their year level, including the welcoming of new students, timetable construction/changes and course selection. Deans also monitor students who are not achieving to their potential ensuring appropriate action is taken when required.

To contact your child’s dean, please click on the links below:

Year 9 Dean – Mrs Kara Ross

Year 10 Dean – Ms Melissa Clarke

Year 11 Dean – Mr Rick Harlow

Year 12 Dean – Mr Joel Hammond

Year 13 Dean – Mr Charles Grubb



Riccarton High School has two counsellors 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.

To contact a school counsellor, please click on the links below:

Mr Steven Shaw

Ms Lara Grocott

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. Click here for more information.

Careers Adviser

Riccarton High School has a schoolwide career development programme.  It is a student-centred, holistic approach where the students at each year level are interviewed either individually or in small groups on an annual basis. The Careers Adviser also has access to comprehensive network of employers and tertiary institutions allowing for individual pathways to be developed dependent on student need.