Counselling & Student Support

Guidance and Counselling is talking about the problem behaviours so there is a future outcome that is better. We have the expertise to help you right here at Bream Bay College with our trained Whanau teachers, Guidenace Counsellor, Deans, House Leaders, Deputy Principal's and the Principal. Below find the health providers linked to the college.



Guidance Cunsellor/ Careers Adviser - Susan Reynolds

  • RTLB - Fiona Heiwari
  • Gateway Coordinator - Gina D’ath
  • Public Health Nurse - Dee Millen
  • Rubicon Drug and Alcohol Counsellor - Iona Edmonds
  • School Doctor - Dr Kyle Eggleton
  • Te Roopu Kimiora (Adolescent Mental Health)
They are all trained and qualified experts in their field. They are good listeners and will help students find answers and solutions.

SPARX is an online program to help teenagers who are feeling down, stressed or who have depression. 


Maori Focus: Below are initiatives Bream Bay College have run in the past. This is reviewed on a year by year basis.

Te Roopu Mana Wahine (In consultation with local Iwi)

The Mana Wahine Programme specifically targets young Maori women in an attempt to encourage the fulfilment of their potential. It aims to showcase their abilities, qualities and achievements and ultimately motivate them to maximize their potential within today’s modern society.
Bream Bay College is the pilot school for this programme. It is five weeks long, two hours per week. All Maori girls, years 9-13, are withdrawn from class to attend this. It is held on-site in the College Whare.

Te Roopu Mana Tane

Te Roopu Mana Tane Programme specifically targets young Maori men in an attempt to encourage the fulfilment of their potential. It aims to showcase their abilities, qualities and achievements and ultimately motivate them to maximize their potential within today’s modern society. Bream Bay College is the pilot school for this programme. It is five weeks long, two hours per week. 20 Maori boys; 10 senior, 10 junior (buddy system), are withdrawn from class to attend this. It is held on-site in the College Whare.

Kapa Haka
Students who join the Kapa Haka group gain self esteem and guidance from tutors and peers.

Whanau Support
Whanau Support meets every month at the Whare to provide support and encouragement in anyway possible to ensure the well being of Maori students and the whole school community. This promotes our dual heritage. The focus is on our Maori students and their Whanau.

Whanau Survey
Questions were determined after consultation with Maori teachers, Support staff, Management, Parents and an Adviser, to write a survey to liaise with the Maori Community and determine our direction for the future.

Taiohi Tu Taiohi Ora
A career-planning day specifically for senior Maori run by the Maori Adviser at Career Services Rapuara. This day is run on a Marae, Maori Kaupapa and plenty of role models. Students learn to recognise and acknowledge their own values, skills and interests.

Mana Tu Day
Bream Bay College and Health Promoting Schools support and fund a "Mana Tu" Day. This is a showcase of Kapa Haka of all schools in the district. This day combined, with the Tai Tokerau School Competitions, are extremely well supported by the public.

Other Support:
Drug and Alcohol Counselling
A qualified, experienced Youth Drug & Alcohol Counsellor from our community is currently working under the Reducing Suspension Scheme at Bream Bay College. She is working with students who are enrolled on the Rubicon Contract and is developing role model/mentoring with our students. She is also available for individual counselling once a week, and self-referral is encouraged.

Public Health Nurse
The Public Health Nurse is available to students weekly. Self-referral is encouraged and staff can also refer students for any health related matter.

Guidance Counsellor
The School Guidance Counsellor is available to any student requiring individual or group counselling. She plays a pro-active role in identifying student needs related to their social development and education and endeavours to meet these needs.  The Guidance Counsellor advocates for students and networks with outside agencies, staff, family and community.

Careers Adviser
The Careers Adviser works with students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist students to make informed decisions about school and post school options. This is a self-referral or staff/parent referral service available to everyone.

Deans
Deans are appointed to each House to take responsibility for the pastoral and often educational needs of students. The Deans meet with the Pastoral Care team to discuss systems and student needs.

Whanau System
The Whanau System at Bream Bay College is a vertical structure which is administrative, academic counselling and a pastoral network. This aims to provide a supportive environment for all students and staff and to provide interaction between all students.

Health Promoting Schools
Bream Bay College and Northland Health Promoting Schools have negotiated a partnership facilitating a collaborative approach between Health & Education in order to work towards enhancing the total well being of the whole school community.

Student Council
The Student Council meets fortnightly to provide a democratic forum for students’ affairs and opinions. A representative is chosen or elected from each Whanau who then elect a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The Student Representative on the Board of Trustees is also a member and takes remits on behalf of students to the Board meetings.

Rubicon Contract
This has been introduced for students who have been apprehended under the influence or in possession of drugs at school. Students and their families are invited to sign the three-way contract with the school and the police to avoid suspension. It includes counselling and random urine testing.

Health Curriculum delivery
The DARE programme is delivered by the Police at year 7 & 8. Health is delivered to year 9 students in a 12 week course and we offer Jumbo Health Days throughout the year for year 10 to 13 students.