Pastoral Care


‘To be the best you can be’

The Catlins Area School supports students to become strong, robust and caring adults who will embrace the challenges of work and adulthood. In order to secure this aim we provide the following support for all students:


House Structure

All students upon enrolling are assigned a House. Our houses are Nora, Manuka and Surat, they are named after local shipwrecks. House teachers support students with their studies and assist with any personal worries or concerns. In the middle and senior school, this develops into an academic mentoring relationship.

When students from Year 5 and up arrive in school each day, they go to their house group. Students from new entrants to Year 4 go to their homeroom teacher. The house or homeroom teacher monitors attendance and reads the notices for the day. There are often opportunities for house activities at this time.

Behaviour Management

The Catlins Area School has a strong behaviour management system, with clearly defined guidelines to establish a smooth running, safe and positive learning environment. We actively promote and participate in restorative practices and positive behaviour instruction.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Our school encourages all students to respect and understand the different cultures that make up New Zealand and global societies. We strive to ensure the experiences, cultural traditions, histories and languages of all New Zealanders are recognised and valued.

Service to the Community

Students are encouraged to make a contribution to school and the community outside the classroom.

Parental Involvement and Support

We share the responsibility for your child’s education with you. Children learn best when what is being taught at home is reinforced by what they are learning at school and vice versa.

We welcome your involvement and participation in your child’s activities. Feel free, at any time, to contact us to discuss your child’s progress and learning.