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 Bites:

24 May Design – Interior Design Wonder Group
31 May Communications   University of Auckland
7 June Pandemic St Johns
14 June Architecture Unitec

Upcoming Events:

13th June

Otago Law school presentation 6.30PM auditorium foyer. You’ll learn what a Law degree involves and why it’s a great choice for university study. Law is training for life! Your presenter will give practical examples of how law is taught at Otago.

Current Opportunities:

Current Opportunities: Year 13

Creative Arts

Considering studying art or fashion design next year? Whitecliffe is running free workshops on the school holidays, book early, spaces will run out. Please book directly by emailing Please book directly by emailing Michael McClanaghan 

The courses are free apart from jewellery making which costs $95. Check Y13 GC page for the flyer which describes workshops.


Interested in studying nursing? Massey University is offering a workshop where you can experience the nursing ‘simulation lab.’ Talk to students and staff about what nursing is all about and get some hands-on experience with activities like taking blood pressure.

When: 6th July 11am – 1.30PM. 

Where: Massey university Albany campus

Contact Ms Winstone if you would like to apply: or 

University Open Days 2023

University Open Days 2023

Tertiary Provider


Open Day Website

University of Otago

7th – 8th May

Waikato University

26th – 27th May

Massey University

Albany: 11th August

Wellington: 25th August

Palmerston North: Aviation Campus  9th September

Manawatū: 2nd August

Victoria University of Wellington

25th August

The University of Auckland

Info evening – 27th June

Open day – 26th August

University of Canterbury

8th September



Lincoln University 

29th September 

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)


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 Night – 21 March 6.30pm at the Events Centre
  • Westlake Careers Expo (Term 2)
  • Lunchtime Speakers are invited throughout the year from a range of providers, work places and alumni (Career Bites)
  • University visits for enrolment assistance (Term 3)
  • Tertiary Provider Open Days
  • Tertiary Provider Experience Days
  • KATTI for Māori students
  • PILOT for Pasifika students

Careers Staff

Liz Woods – Head of Careers
Dip PE, Dip Tchg, Diploma of Career Development (NMIT) 
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 205

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 733

Teresa Winstone
BSc, Grad Dip Educ, MBS, Grad. Cert Career Development
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 277

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Strike action next week

On Tuesday 6 June - Year 10 are rostered home and will not be taught or supervised at school.

On Thursday 8 June - Year 9 are rostered home and will not be taught or supervised at school.

Students should continue with their work on Google classroom. If you are unable to provide supervision at home, please contact their House Dean to arrange for supervision at school.