Student Welfare

Careers Department

The Careers Department is located in M1 and the Careers staff are in the offices adjacent to M1, close to the Gernhoefer Administration Centre. All students are able to request one-to-one career counselling sessions which can be scheduled during the school day. Students can make appointments through Career Central  by logging in using their school ID and clicking the pink “mail box”.  Parents can also email the team to make an appointment for their daughter and/or themselves. Email details below. Careers staff are available before and after school, at interval and at lunchtime to assist with inquiries. Parent/caregiver inquiries are also welcome. Appointments can be arranged so that parents/caregivers can attend with their daughter.  All Year 13 students will be interviewed in Term 1 and 2.

Career Expo

Prior to Covid-19, the Westlake Girls High School Careers Expo was planned to be held at the North Shore Events Centre in June, as part of a new initiative combining all North Shore secondary schools. We will update as soon as we know if this will still be held.

University Open Days

These are a great way to find out what degrees are available and what campus life is really like. The dates below were planned before Covid-19 and we are updating as we have information. 

University Open Days 2020
Tertiary Provider Date Website
UNIVERSITY of CANTERBURY Thursday 9 July (virtual), Thursday 27 August (Canterbury)
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO Thursday 23 July (virtual), Monday 10 August (Dunedin)
WAIKATO UNIVERSITY Friday 31 July, Hamilton
UNITEC Saturday 5 September, Auckland
VICTORIA UNIVERSITY of WELLINGTON Friday 21 August, Wellington
Friday 21 August (Wellington Campus) 
Friday 11 September (Manawatu Campus)
Saturday 12 September (Auckland Campus)
THE UNIVERSITY of AUCKLAND Saturday 29 August, Auckland
AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY of TECHNOLOGY (AUT) Saturday 29 August, Auckland

The Careers Department can help students:

  • Explore options for future pathways
  • Find and research resources so they can make informed decisions
  • Form links with tertiary providers
  • Consider alternative pathways
  • Check entry requirements for courses
  • Enquire about job opportunities
  • Prepare a CV and cover letter
  • Improve interview skills
  • Select subjects for future study
  • Apply for University Scholarships
  • Apply for Halls of Residence
  • Apply for overseas universities

Annual Careers Department Events

  • Year 13 Tertiary Evening (Term 1)
  • Combined Westlake Careers Expo (Term 2 held at Westlake Boys High School)
  • Lunchtime Speakers are invited throughout the year from a range of providers, work places and alumni
  • University visits for enrolment assistance (Term 3)
  • Tertiary Provider Open Days
  • Tertiary Provider Experience Days
  • KATTI for Maori students
  • PILOT for Pasifika students

Careers Staff

Rachel Bickerstaffe
HOD Careers and Leadership Development
BA (The University of Auckland), Diploma Teaching (Auckland Teachers College). Graduate Certificate in Career Development (AUT)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 277

Gemma James
Careers Adviser Diploma in Career Guidance (NMIT)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 208

Kiri Wilson-Cudby
Gateway Coordinator: See the Gateway Programme for more information
BA (First Class Honours (Diplomacy and International Relations)), LLB, MA (Political Science)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 205