Takapuna Grammar School offers a wide range of support to all students to help them achieve their individual potential. This support may be in the areas of: course and career choices; social pressures; personal concerns; barriers to learning; health issues, family crises etc
Hours and contact details:
The Health Centre, located in the student services block, is open between the hours 8.30 a.m. and 3.05 p.m. Monday to Friday. We can be contacted on 489 4167 extension 9297. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
It is staffed by an experienced Registered Nurse who delivers a professional, high quality and confidential service.
Our aim at Takapuna Grammar school is to provide a healthy and safe environment to support student learning in a holistic, respectful and confidential manner.
The health centre provides emergency care and first aid when necessary. We work closely with other members of the student services department including councillors, physiotherapist, international and special education services. We also have a close relationship with Medplus on Hauraki corner.
The health centre can provide specific support in relation to health needs such as medication or monitoring of a health condition. Please contact us here at any time – see details above.
Any student with anaphylaxis, diabetes or severe asthma should provide an action plan and photo to the health centre completed by their doctor.
Illness and going home from school:
If a student needs to leave school due to illness, students are required to present to the health centre where we will contact parents or guardians to obtain their permission as this is a legal requirement.
The Peer Teams are five groups of year 12 and 13 students that are committed to creating positive change at Takapuna Grammar and throughout the wider community.
Peer Drug and Alcohol teamThe Peer Drug and Alcohol Team (PDAT) focuses on enforcing responsible behaviours and attitudes towards drugs and alcohol. The team visited Year 9 and 10 health classes to present about responsible drinking raise awareness about the negative implications of drug and alcohol abuse. The group were presented to by the Red Cross humanitarian organisation, about safety surrounding/around drugs and alcohol. Focus is to create a safer culture for teenagers when encountering drugs and alcohol. Olga Chrzanowska says “PDAT was a blast and was an awesome learning experience”.
Peer Leadership Team
The Peer Leadership Team (PLT) educates our pupils about anti-bullying and raising mental health awareness. Earlier this year these senior students created an anti-bullying skit. They used this to teach Year 9 students, as part of the health curriculum, about actions they can take to support a peer being bullied or cyberbullied. During term two, the PLT students began working with our Year 9 Bully Proof pupils to guide and support them in their role to help make their classes a safe, enjoyable environment for all the students. During Mental Health Awareness week in term 4, PLT students spoke in assemblies, de-stigmatising mental health in our community and encouraging students to support each other. They also organised activities that encourage peers to engage in self-care. A member of PLT, Lockie McNair, said “It’s been an amazing experience working with other students to try make a positive change around school and making a happier school environment for all”.
Peer Service Team
The Peer Service Team (PST) has the main vision of providing service to others as part of TGS kaupapa, in the same way that sports and co-curricular activities are. During term 1, PST joined forces with the Bald Angels Charitable Trust to work on a project called ‘Coats for Kids’, which involved collecting and organising warm coats and clothing for children in Northland. The team, led by staff members Mr. Grant Simpkins and Ms. Heidi Remmington, were overwhelmed by the generosity of the students and staff members’ contributions to a wonderful cause. Additionally, the team organised a bold socks mufti day and sold Sir Peter Blake Trust badges to encourage leadership and inspire students to be bold and dream big.
Peer Sexuality Support Team
The Peer Seuality Support Programme (PSSP) has the role of raising awareness of issues around acceptance of sexuality in all its forms and expressions. Another is to provide pupils with support and information about sexuality, body image and relationships. The team succeeded in organising Pink Shirt Day in term 1 and promoting healthy relationships during term 2. The five new members enjoyed gaining leadership and event management experience when they attended ‘Hui’, a 5 day training and education camp. An active member of PSSP, Hazel Escott said “Hui was a humbling and eye opening experience because of the vast range of people we met and learned from”.
Peer Whanau Team
The Peer Whanau Team (PWT) works to ensure that the whanau form classes, which occur four times a week for twenty minutes before school, are well organised and provide a safe and supportive environment for all students. Their current action plan is to introduce the game mafia into form time to develop stronger relationships within form classes and throughout the school. An active member of PWT, Kate Lee, says “It was a wonderful experience collaborating with other year 13 peers to make positive change in the school”.