Pastoral Care and Support Network


Each student is placed in a tutor class at the beginning of each year. The role of the tutor is to:

  • Be the first point of contact for parents or the student regarding school matters
  • Monitor student attendance and organisation with regards to homework completion and assignments.
  • Make referrals to Deans if there are academic or discipline concerns.

A Dean at Napier Boys’ High School provides the necessary support for all students in their year level. Their role is fundamental to student achievement. Communication with students, staff, including the senior management and parents is the key task.  Deans have a genuine working relationship with students in their year level. This is especially important as the Dean moves through the school with their year group.
Key Pastoral Care and Discipline Responsibilities:

  • To counsel students who have concerns about school life.
  • To promote excellence and appropriate awards for students.
  • To evaluate student referrals from classroom teachers and take remedial or
    disciplinary action as required.
  • To monitor attendance.

The school Guidance Counsellor, Mr. Silver, provides assistance and support for  issues either at school or at home. Any student can access the guidance counsellor by leaving a note in the container outside his office door or directly making an appointment with him. Deans can also refer students to the Counsellor.  Any conversation which takes place with the Counsellor is confidential, unless all parties have agreed that it may be discussed. Exceptions to this are cases where confidentiality may allow a harmful situation to either arise or continue.

All students have access to  Ms. Laurs, the Career’s Advisor. The Careers Advisor interviews all Year 11-13 students.

The Careers Advisor can help you with:

  • Setting career, job and training goals
  • Planning steps to achieve your goals
  • Job interview skills and techniques
  • CV preparation
  • Job search strategies
  • Information on education providers, courses and training opportunities
  • Mentoring

Useful careers and study links can be found here.

Learning support is designed to help junior students who are struggling with a particular subject or across the curriculum. It aims to make the curriculum achievable for all students. Learning support operates over a cycle of lessons, where the Learning Support Teacher observes the student in the classroom environment, and then designs an appropriate programme for the student concerned.

In addition Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) specialists work in the school in a variety of programmes.  The RTLB service is integrated with the larger network of special education services and is designed to address moderate learning and/or behaviour difficulties. RTLBs work as itinerant, collaborative consultants assisting teachers to meet students’ needs