Student Health Services

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Student Health Services

Health and Wellbeing Services at Te Aroha College:

Te Aroha College offers a confidential counselling and health care service.

To schedule an appointment with any of our health and wellbeing services students or whānau can contact the Counsellor or Nurse directly. Students can self-refer by approaching the

counsellor or nurse. Counselling requests can be left in the lockbox situated in the counselling waiting room. Students may also approach Student Services at the College Reception and

request an appointments.

If a student has the need for a service outside of the ones mentioned below we will do everything we can to put this in place to support them.


Our school nurse is RN Catherine Semmens. The nurse is onsite every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Clinic hours are from 9am – 2.30pm. Email Catherine at, [email protected], or [email protected] 

Some of the nursing services include general medical advice, STI screening, stop-smoking referrals, drug and alcohol support and referrals, sore throat management, and mental health support.


The school doctor is available some weeks. Doctor’s appointments are organised by the school nurse and may be either a face to face or virtual appointment.  


Our school counsellor is Catherine Schuler. Email Catherine at, [email protected]. Or phone (07) 8848625 extn 845. 

Counselling is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s between the hours of 8.55am – 3.05pm during term time. There are some instances where appointments may also be available

outside of school hours. Where appropriate, referrals will be made to outside agencies and mental health support services. The counselling service aims to support both students and,

where appropriate, their whānau. Counselling is strictly confidential, adhering to the code of Ethics of both, NZAC and NZCCA.

The counselling service aims to provide students with the appropriate therapeutic support, depending on their needs, in a safe environment, sensitive to cultural needs and values.

Various counselling tools and models are used which may include, therapeutic art, Narrative Therapy, Person-centred, Kaupapa Māori, Strengths-based, CBT, Mindfulness, and play and talk therapies.

Counselling services and helplines for support outside of school hours or during school


Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, Hinengaro service - freephone 0508 111 555. 

This is an immediate response phone line. They will take you call and connect you with the appropriate service.  

Other numbers to call to access a trained counsellor:

Mental Health Foundation  Free call or text 1737

Lifeline 0800 543 354 Free text 4357 (HELP)  

Youthline 0800 376 633 Free text 234  

Samaritans 0800 726 666