At enrolment, each student is placed in a River Whanau. Each River Whanau has a River Guide, whose role is to guide students as they navigate their way through the college years. The River Guide is the ‘go to’ person, the significant adult who gives a consistent message to students: you matter, you belong, you can. With the Dean, River Guides monitor each student’s progress in terms of engagement, learning and wellbeing. They are also in contact with parents and whanau if needed.
During River time, students work through a number of themes which they may not learn through their classroom studies such as setting learning goals, career decision making, employment rights and responsibilities, managing money, looking after their own wellbeing and contributing as a citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The aim of the River programme is to help students become learning ready, life ready, work ready and world ready so they are prepared for life beyond college.