Learning Pathways / Ara Tika

Poipoia te kākano kia puawai.
Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

The Learning Pathways team focus on enabling all students to access relevant learning, so they feel equipped and confident to succeed both at school and in their transition to the world of work.  

The areas of focus for the Learning Pathways team include:

  • Careers advice/support – working with students to ensure they are confident about their next steps e.g. course selections, scholarship applications, enrolling at tertiary institutions, career choices and more.
  • Gateway programme – offering individual structured workplace learning for students.
  • Employment ready programme – focusing on working with students in small groups to develop work ready skills.
  • Learning support – work to identify students who need additional support, support students with learning, medical and/or other special educational needs, and make submissions for Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) for students.
  • Boost programme – offering in-class support to assist students with literacy and numeracy needs.
  • Tautoko (Supported Learning Centre) – for students who are Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) funded and other students with a range of learning needs who require a smaller, specialised environment.

For more information on the Learning Pathway team please see the sections below. To contact Rob King (Head of Learning Pathways) email rob.king@hvhs.school.nz


Careers Advice/Support

The Careers team interview students to ensure they are confident about next steps, subject choices and the world beyond school. Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to attend their student’s interview.

Depending on individual needs the Careers team can connect students with employers and businesses, help with course selection, enrolling for tertiary study, applying for scholarships, applying for jobs and more.

For more information, please contact Careers Advisor, Amanda Walters at amanda.walters@hvhs.school.nz or Head of Careers and Transition Pathways, Jude Allan at jude.allen@hvhs.school.nz

Jude Allen
Head of Careers and Transition Pathways
jude.allen@hvhs.school.nz
Amanda Walters
Careers Advisor/ Gateway Coordinator
amanda.walters@hvhs.school.nz

Gateway & Employment Ready Programmes

The Gateway and Employment Ready programmes are designed to prepare students for their future workplace.

Gateway Programme

Gateway is structured workplace learning for students. In 2023, our Gateway students undertook a work placement, usually 10 days completed over the school year and gained hands-on work experience in their chosen pathway strengthening relationships with their employers.

In the Gateway programme students are able to complete courses including First Aid, Workplace Safety and Site Safe and based on their individual needs and career goals.

As a result of this programme, students gained a range of apprenticeships, secured jobs or are heading to Polytech for further specialist training.

Central to the Gateway programme are community projects that benefit local schools, aged care facilities and community organisations. A key student mantra for these projects is ‘staying resilient and solving problems when they confront us‘. Community projects are designed to provide challenges and opportunities for student groups to brainstorm, formulate and carry out beneficial activities within the local community. In 2023, twenty two community projects were completed including designing, testing, building and delivering new indoor play equipment for Lower Hutt Kindergarten.

Applications for the 2025 Gateway programme open in Term 3 of 2024 – keep an eye out for information on Google Classroom and in the newsletter. Students are required to apply as this course is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission who pay for courses, equipment and even the student graduation ceremony at the end of term 3.

Employment Ready Programme

Employment Ready involves classes focused on developing work ready skills. Student learning is largely completed is in small teams to help build workplace communication and cooperation skills that employers value.

Like Gateway, students are able to complete courses including First Aid, Workplace Safety and Site Safe and based on their individual needs and career goals specific courses e.g. barista and retail training and the Warehouse’s Red Shirts in Schools programme. The Employment Ready programme also involves organising workplace experiences for students, especially for those in Year 13.

For more information please contact:

Jude Allen
Head of Careers & Transition Pathways
jude.allen@hvhs.school.nz
Jodene Fitness
Pathways Coordinator
jodene.fitness@hvhs.school.nz
Rob King
Head of Pathways
rob.king@hvhs.school.nz
Nicole Arnell
Year 10 Dean/ Boost Coordinator
nicole.arnell@hvhs.school.nz
Amanda Walters
Gateway Coordinator / Careers Advisor
amanda.walters@hvhs.school.nz

Trades Academy

The Trades Academy gives students hands-on learning based off-site at WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnics. Students can attend these courses and continue their studies at school.

The Trades Academy gives students the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications in industries including construction, engineering, hospitality and medical care.

Please contact Head of Careers and Transition Pathways, Jude Allan at jude.allen@hvhs.school.nz for more information.


Learning Support

The Learning Support team work to identify students who need additional support, support students with learning, medical and/or other special educational needs and with applications for Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) for NCEA assessments.

For more information, please visit the Learning Support page here

Nicola Fletcher
Head of Learning Support /
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
nicola.fletcher@hvhs.school.nz
Genevieve Hanify
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

genevieve.hanify@hvhs.school.nz
Jamie Casley
Literacy Coordinator


jamie.casley@hvhs.school.nz

Tautoko (Supported Learning Centre)

Tautoko, our Supported Learning Centre is for students who are Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) funded and other students with a range of learning needs who require a smaller, specialised environment.

For more information, please visit the Tautoko page here

Heather Lear
Head of Tautoko (Supported Learning Centre)

heather.lear@hvhs.school.nz 

Clare Sevicke-Jones
Teacher, Tautoko (Supported Learning Centre)
clare.sevicke-jones@hvhs.school.nz


Learning Areas & Subjects