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.

9BU Mrs Margaret Butler
Ms Kate Husband
9CD Miss Aeronwy Cording
Mr Matt Kippenberger
9EA Ms Sarah Eaton
Mrs Ruth Gamblin
9HN Mrs Michelle Hemmingsen
Mrs Heather Lindsay
9HW Miss Tania Hawes`
Ms B Smith
9HY Mrs Kim Henry
Miss Jena Nielsen
9TN Mr John Thomson
Miss Emma Cusdin
9TO Mr Jose Torres
Ms Carole Lake
10BB Mr Remco Baars
Mrs Maree Vercoe
10BZ Ms Karen Browning
Mr Mike Seddon
10CS Mrs Nikki Conyers
Ms S Napier
10GI Annie Gilchrist
Ms Lisa Heald
10HT Mr Todd Houston
Mr Shane Morrow
10ME Ms June Milne
Mr E Wang
10NB Miss Rebekah Narbey
Miss Laura Mifflin
10PW Mr Lachlan Paewai
Mrs Susan Bennett
10VP Mr Alexander van der Peet
Mr Elliott Campbell
11BL Ms Joanne Blake
Mr Andrew Regaldo
11FL Mr Ezra Fa’alogo
Ms Amie Blackwell
11GB Mr Charles Grubb
11GD Mrs Jo Gordon
Ms Anne-Marie Plummer
11HC Mrs Kalina Harmer-Campbell
11MT Ms Carla Martin
Ms Ann McCarthy
11ON Ms Gisel Ong
Mr Andrew Jefferson
11ST Mr Chris Stewart 11WS Mr John Webster
Mr Ron Boersma
12/13BD Mrs Lorna Biddington
Ms Cerys Roberts
12BI Mrs Sarah Blissett
12CK Miss Melissa Clarke
Mr Bryan Wedlake
12HB Ms Anne Herbison
12/13IT Mr Yu Ito
Mr Bruce Saunders
12/13JQ Mrs Anne Jacques
12MH Mr Blair McHugh
Mrs Alexandra Schwass
12NS Mr Chris Nielsen
Mrs Kate Rowlands
12RD Ms Vanessa Kidd 12SL Ms Annette Schnell
12/13TM Whaea Ripeka Tamepo 12TS Mrs Lucia Teague-Schellekens
13GN Mr Jeff Gunn 13MG Mrs Aneta Matagi
Mr Roger Moss
13MI Ms Lydia Mills 13TR Miss Emma Trott
BX Ms Tania Bennett KG Ms Annie King
MCY Ms Kerry McCarthy

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 – Sabina Reed

Year 10 Dean – Kara Ross

Year 11 Dean – Natalie Bell

Year 12 Dean – Rick Harlow

Year 13 Dean – Joel Hammond



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:

Chris Singh

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.