Welcome to the Student Services department. Our vision statement is to help students develop and excel to their potential in living the Grammar values at School and beyond. For any inquiries or referrals, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers team members
- C. Porteous – Head of Student Services and Counsellor. Phone 09 623 5572 or email email@example.com
- J. Doolan – Counsellor
- E. Peacock – Counsellor
- S. van Deventer – Student Services Office Manager. Phone 09 623 5445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services Update – November 2023
With the holiday season approaching, your son may be interested in part-time work opportunities. We have received inquiries from several businesses seeking reliable, punctual, and enthusiastic students for positions available during the summer break, with potential for ongoing work throughout the year.
To explore these opportunities, please visit the Student Services Careers Page on GrammarNet. Alternatively, students can view the job noticeboard within Student Services during the School day.
For those considering applying, a CV may be required. MoneyHub offers excellent guidance on creating an effective CV. This can be accessed through the GrammarNet Student Services Page or click here for more information.
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Support for students
Supporting your son’s well-being is our top priority at Student Services. Whether he has questions about his career path, needs support with anxiety and depression, or simply requires assistance, our dedicated team is here to help. Feel free to reach out and request an appointment by emailing email@example.com.
The Careers staff can help with exploring interests, strengths and aspirations then helping a student match these to possible career options. This can be for short term goals (for instance, choosing an option in Form 5) or it can include prerequisites for a pathway towards an application to a university, hall of residence and where to access overseas assessment opportunities like the SATs.
We can help your son explore the networks they have, as well as help them find Career role models to aspire towards. Careers Counsellors can help with employment (both full and sometimes part-time positions), as well as trades training opportunities, student allowances and access to STAR and Pathways courses.
Book a careers appointment after having a look at some information first on websites, newspapers and in brochures available from Student Services. Each student must manage their own learning and application processes.
Ensure that you are aware of closing dates for applications and follow up appointments. The School is very keen to see every student placed in the tertiary and career path of their choice but are not responsible for ensuring application deadlines are reached.
The MoneyHub Scholarship page is a comprehensive list including scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.
For students wishing to apply for scholarships to New Zealand universities, they can refer to either the individual University page by clicking on the links below or visit the Scholarship page under Careers on GrammarNet – these are updated on a regular basis.
Key contacts for various New Zealand universities
If you are interested in finding out more about studying at different universities across New Zealand, click here to download a PDF document with contact information for each of the universities. To find out more information about what is needed for New Zealand universities, click here.
Finances and Study
The StudyLink website is a great place to visit to get you thinking about what it will cost to live and study. StudyLink can help you work out if study is right for you and how you can support yourself. StudyLink can also help you apply for your Student Allowance for the upcoming academic year.
You don’t need to have your NCEA results or have locked down all your plans in order to apply. It’s more important to allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed.
Careers Studies at Auckland Grammar School
Careers Studies is offered as an option subject for senior students (those in Forms 5, 6 and 7) – please see the Pathways staff for details on eligibility.
The Careers department is open before school, interval, lunchtime and after school for inquiries. If you like to make a booking, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Careers Resources – we have a number of different websites that will help you in your career or tertiary study path:
- CareersNZ, a great website for general planning and information
- CareersQuest, found via the Careers website
- Just The Job – information about tertiary studies and careers
- MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment)
- Information on universities
- ITF (Industry Training Federation)
- If you are thinking about joining the Police or the Armed Forces, check out the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Defence Force websites for more details
- Preparing for a job interview – click here for the list of the top 10 most typical interview questions and how to answer them
Students can think about working on their CV before assessments and exams come on the horizon. MoneyHub has some great guides to walk them through, step by step.
Universities and polytechnics, government organisations, and industries have funding opportunities available for school-leavers. More information can be found at the Futureintech website.
If you choose to continue with tertiary study at an overseas university, click here – the ‘student’s road map to studying abroad’. Note: this website is purely around US-based universities.
Form 4 Programme
All Form 4 students will complete two careers seminars designed to initiate students to research options and build information around how option choices and career paths are linked in the short term, but also how lifestyle choices influence career pathways. All students are invited to take specific inquiries to Careers during interval and lunchtimes. Senior students can make an appointment with a Careers counsellor at any stage of the year.
Pathways provide valuable work experience and Unit Standard credits relevant to employment. Topics range from CVs to job interview skills and site safety.
STAR Courses are government-funded short courses available to senior students that give a taste of a future career. Students can gain credits towards their NCEA qualifications.
Gateway offers work placements to broaden the range of job options and students can gain credits towards a NCEA qualification.
Gateway can help your son explore the networks they have, as well as help them find Career role models to aspire towards, then take concrete steps to step up. Careers Counsellors can help with employment (both full and sometimes part-time positions), as well as trades training opportunities, student allowances and access to star and Pathways courses.