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Roncalli College Wellbeing Centre

We aim to provide a safe, approachable, confidential service which is available to support students, staff and families in the Roncalli College community.


Welcome to the Roncalli College Wellbeing Centre!

Phone: 688 6003 extension 823


Reasons students may access the Wellbeing Centre

  • Medical advice
  • Relationship support
  • Financial support
  • Self esteem
  • Grief/loss
  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Self harm
  • Homesickness
  • Depression
  • Family/friendship issues
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Sexuality/gender
  • Direction/focus/goal setting
  • Bullying
  • Support a friend/family member
  • Eating/body disorders
  • Emotion dysregulation/low mood
  • Mental Health concerns
  • To be linked up with an outside agency

We also hold a range of workshops throughout the year for various groups of students.



The Wellbeing centre is located downstairs in McAuley Block.

It consists of an office space which is suitable for counselling sessions and an adjoining meeting room which is ideal for meetings and small group workshops.

The Team

Ellen Walsh - Director of Student Well Being e.walsh@roncalli.school.nz

First port of call/triage/initial contact for students requiring support.

Ashley Shaw - Counsellor a.shaw@roncalli.school.nz

Jane Pierce - Public Health Nurse jpierce@scdhb.health.nz

Jane runs a free, confidential health clinic in the meeting room each Wednesday at lunchtime 1.20-2.20pm.

At times outside agencies may also work with students in the Roncalli College Wellbeing Centre.


How to book an appointment

Students can ‘drop in’ to the Wellbeing Centre but most appointments are carried out on a booking system. Students receive a card for their appointment as they would in any other health environment (doctor, dentist, physio, counsellor etc). The card states the date and time of the appointment and who it is to be with. Students will also receive an email confirmation of their appointment.

If the student needs to leave class for an appointment they can discreetly show the appointment card to their teacher.

If there is no one in the Wellbeing Centre when a student wishes to make an appointment they can do so through the College Office.

If a student has finished an appointment and is to go back into a class that has already started, a confidential note to the classroom teacher will be issued.


A confidentiality form to be signed by both the counsellor and the student to outline the counselling relationship and highlights the vulnerable children's act (disclosure of abuse). All files and records are private and stored in a locked cabinet. These remain on file until the student leaves school. Written records may only be accessed by approved staff. They may be shared with other College staff and families only with the permission of the student.

The only time confidentiality is broken is in the following instance:

  • If a student is at risk of hurting themselves
  • If a student is at risk of hurting another person
  • If a student is being hurt by another person

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