‘The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too.  You will be like a well-watered garden like an ever-flowing spring.’ (Isaiah 58:11)

Sancta Maria College has at its heart the well-being of every student. Our College acronym begins with the word ‘safe’ and concludes with the word ‘attitude’. We aim to provide an environment in which each boy and girl feels valued, loved, respected and affirmed. An environment in which each student develops a ‘can do’ approach to life in the knowledge that ideas will be encouraged and diversity embraced.

And when students fall in the attempt to fulfil their potential we will be there to pick them up…

Sancta Maria College’s Counsellors, who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, offer a confidential and professional service to students. Students can be seen individually or in small groups through an appointment system.

Small groups that focus on particular issues such as resilience, anger management, loss or managing feeling down are offered as needed.

How can counselling help?

(from "School Counselling" NZAC) 

Counselling can help you to:

  • Feel better about yourself 
  • Think about, and do, things in a different way 
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Plan and set goals 
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour 
  • Understand yourself better 
  • Improve your relationships
  • Get access, or be referred, to other support as necessary 

Things can often begin to feel better if you’re able to just be yourself and talk with someone who isn’t going to judge you and who won’t tell other people about what you’ve said.

Sometimes you can then start to come up with ideas yourself about how you can deal with things differently or ideas can come out of what you both talk about – “two heads are better than one” is an old saying that’s often true.   

You’re important, and there’s always someone – a friend, a cat, family – that you matter to.   Things do get better, and sometimes we just need someone or some others to “carry” us a little bit till they do get better.   Counselling can help with that.

You can bring a support person or come alone.   Just fill in a request slip from outside the counselling room door and a slip will be sent to you with an appointment. 

Some helpful websites and phone numbers: 

Feeling down?  0800 942 8787 0800 kidsline 0800 54 37 54 or phone 0800 37 66 33

Helpline 0800 111 757