Timaru Girls’ High School has a strong support and guidance network. It is designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students. The network begins at the classroom level.
Subject teachers set a learning environment that encourages academic achievement and creates a positive classroom community. Form teachers provide the next level of support. Further guidance and support is offered by Deans who oversee the progress and welfare of students in a single year group. The Dean follows a year group from Year 9 until they leave in Year 13.
This gives the Dean a chance to really get to know the students in their year group and their families and provide personal guidance. More specialised help for individual students can be sought from the Guidance Counsellor or the Careers Advisor. The Guidance Counsellor offers advice on emotional, or social issues; she works individually with students who have been referred or who just need to talk.
The Guidance Counsellor also works closely with outside agencies in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. The last part of the support and guidance network is the senior team: Deputy Principals (2) and Principal. The senior team works with all of the people mentioned above in order to make Timaru Girls’ High School the best possible environment for the academic and social development of each student.