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Northern Health School require all current and future employees to have had 2 Covid-19 vaccinations plus 1 booster.

Administration Support for Principal’s Nominee – Tauranga Unit

Position commences Term 1, 2023 (Tuesday 31  January 2023)

30 hours per week. Term time only – school holidays unpaid over and above the statutory annual leave.

Hours of work: 8:45 – 2:45pm Monday to Friday

Northern Health School is a Ministry of Education funded school.  We provide education and transition support for year 0-14 students whilst ill health prevents them attending their regular school.  This position is based in our Tauranga unit.

This is an administrative position supporting our school’s Principal’s Nominee.

Applicants preferred who have the following strengths and skills:

  • Highly proficient in Office365, with particular strengths in Teams, Excel, Forms, Word
  • Has a working knowledge of NCEA and NZQA
  • Excellent communication skills, both in person and online
  • Highly efficient
  • Ability to use initiative and work independently
  • Warm and approachable manner
  • Willingness and ability to travel on occasions, including the occasional overnight stay

This position may be worked either from the NHS Tauranga site, or online for the right applicant.

A full clean New Zealand driving licence and police check are necessary for this role.

Northern Health School promotes the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within the culture of our school.

Close date:  Friday 13 January

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Tauranga Unit

Tauranga unit is located at 220 Seventeenth Avenue, close to Tauranga Hospital. Teachers work in both the hospital and in the community, serving surrounding areas Waihi Beach, Kawerau and Edgecumbe.

NHS Tauranga unit teachers work with school age students who meet Northern Health School admission criteria. Education programmes are planned in association with staff of the student’s regular school and may include Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu (Correspondence School) subjects. An ILP (Individual Learning Plan) is developed for each student in association with their school of enrolment, parents and any others who may be involved in their wellbeing.

NHS teachers visit students in their homes and, depending on their health needs, students may attend NHS student support centre or their school of enrolment on a part time basis. When the time is appropriate, the NHS teacher will help transition student back to school on a full time basis.

When visiting students in the community, teachers have the use of a NHS vehicle; however should a vehicle be unavailable, teachers will be expected to use their own vehicle and be reimbursed according to the teacher’s collective agreement.

ICT is an integral part of Northern Health School’s administration, programme development and student record activities. Teachers in all of our units must be prepared to use ICT extensively in the course of their work.

Teachers are responsible to unit associate principal and supported by a teacher aide/office administrator.

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Psychologists – Te Kahu Tōī Te Awa Unit

Based in Penrose, Auckland

Rare opportunity for agile and dynamic NZ registered psychologists
Full time and part time positions available

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is people, it is people, it is people

A rare and rewarding opportunity for a challenge driven psychologist to work in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team and be an ‘agent of change’ in the lives of rangatahi.

Who we are

Te Awa is a partnership between Oranga Tamariki and the Ministry of Education – Te Kahu Tōī, to provide Intensive Wraparound Services to rangatahi aged between 11 and 17 years old with high and complex needs who are in the care of Oranga Tamariki in the Auckland area.

Te Awa is delivered by the Northern Health School and is located in Penrose, Auckland.

Intensive wrapround is a highly effective, evidence-based model that creates positive, sustainable change for young people, their family, caregivers, schools and communities.

The ten principles of wraparound are

  1. Family Voice and Choice
  2. Team Based
  3. Natural supports
  4. Collaboration
  5. Community based
  6. Culturally competent
  7. Individualised
  8. Strengths based
  9. Unconditional
  10. Outcomes based

What you will do

As the wraparound psychologist you are responsible for a variety of intensive clinical work including assessment, intervention, psychoeducation, advocacy and best practice recommendations to the wraparound team for each rangatahi based on their identified underlying needs.

You will work closely with the wraparound facilitators (in dyads) to build high engagement and rapport with the rangatahi, their whanau, caregivers and wider team.

While the model and processes are clear, you will be able to apply your own lens, expertise and have great opportunity to work creatively to effect real change.

There is a high level of autonomy and no two days are the same.

We offer

  • A close-knit team and great office culture
  • Small caseloads that allow you to work intensively
  • Access to multiple layers of supervision and practice support
  • A supportive management team with commitment to psychologist professional development
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Work/life balance with flexible working options negotiable

You will be

  • A NZ registered psychologist
  • Experienced in working with rangatahi, whanau and caregivers
  • Confident working in Te Ao Māori and Pasifika cultures
  • Able to build rapport and engagement with a range of young people, families and professional teams. Your interpersonal skills are second to none.
  • An excellent communicator (written and verbal)
  • A problem solver and creative thinker. Thinking outside the box comes naturally to you.

 A full clean New Zealand driving licence and police check are necessary for this role.

 For a confidential discussion or more information, please contact

Amber Ryan – Te Awa Unit Manager, on 020 4077 8404 or email aryan@nhs.school.nz

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Te Awa Unit

Te Awa unit is intended for children and young people who are placed in the care of Oranga Tamariki in the Auckland region and who have high needs at home, in school and in the community. The students are usually between school years 7 and 11. The unit is in the Penrose area.

The service

A team of NHS teachers, psychologists, facilitators, mentors and support staff work with the young people and can provide two types of service:

  • An assessment service that looks at identifying young people’s needs or at answering specific referral questions (function of behaviour, education assessment, therapeutic needs, summary report).

The assessment of the young person’s needs will determine whether these can be met locally, from existing services or whether additional intervention is required from Te Awa. If an additional intervention is not required, the Te Awa psychologist and deputy unit leader will share recommendations and information necessary for the young person’s social worker and/or care provider to arrange a successful transition. Te Awa’s involvement with the young person and their family/whanau will cease and the case will be closed.

  • An intensive wraparound service, which aims at supporting young people:
    • learn new skills and ways of behaving
    • develop a healthy sense of personal identity
    • engage successfully in education at a local school
    • develop the skills necessary for building prosocial peer relationships
    • enjoy a successful home life, including developing relationships with family/whanau and community

The wraparound process involves the young person, their family/whanau and their team. They meet regularly to agree goals and devise a collaborative plan that is implemented between meetings. Regular reviews take place monthly with goals reviewed and new needs prioritised, strategies discussed and action points agreed to by all participants. Once the plan’s goals have been met, the young person will be transitioned out of the service.

The service also runs a base classroom programme operating school terms and between the hours of 9am to 3pm daily. Up to six students work in the classroom area on individual learning programmes while education and individual assessments are undertaken to establish their needs. While they are taught strategies to manage themselves in other settings, not all young people receiving the service will physically attend the unit.

Referring a young person

At present, young people can be referred to Te Awa by Oranga Tamariki social workers, Reconnect and Youth Horizons Trust.

The Ministry of Education Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service, can at times refer a young person to the Te Awa unit where the young person is in the custody of Oranga Tamariki and would be better suited to this service.

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Mentor Extraordinaire – Te Kahu Tōī Te Awa Unit

Based in Penrose, Auckland

Position commences Term 1, 2023 (Tuesday 31 January)

Three full days per week during school term time only – school holidays unpaid over and above the statutory annual leave.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is people, it is people, it is people

A rare, rewarding opportunity to work in a vibrant, multi – disciplinary team and be an ‘agent of change’ in the lives of rangatahi.

Who we are

Te Kahu Tōī – Te Awa is a partnership between Oranga Tamariki and the Ministry of Education to provide assessment and Intensive Wraparound Services to rangatahi in the care of Oranga Tamariki aged between 11 and 17 years old, with high and complex needs, in the Auckland area.

As part of our services, to meet the educational needs of rangatahi with the highest level of need, we also provide a small, intensely supported classroom onsite, where rangatahi can attend for 1 – 2 terms, as a stepping stone for attending their local school.

Te Awa is delivered by the Northern Health School and is located in Penrose, Auckland.

What you will do

You will work with 4 – 6 rangatahi at our onsite classroom alongside one other mentor, teachers and a teacher aide. Your mahi is critical to engaging rangatahi in their learning through a highly intensive and individualised programme tailored specifically to their needs. A significant part of the programme includes Education Outside the Classroom with daily community outings which serve as an opportunity for rangatahi to experience learning through activities, positive role modelling, community engagement and peer relationships.

We offer:

  • A close-knit team and great office culture
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Opportunity to work intensively with a small group of rangatahi
  • A supportive management team with commitment to professional development
  • Work/ Life balance

You will be:

  • Experienced in working with rangatahi from a range of backgrounds who have challenging behaviour.
  • Empathetic, resilient and able to build rapport with rangatahi easily.
  • Able to uphold professional and ethical boundaries
  • Confident working in Te Ao Maori and Pasifika cultures
  • A person who enjoys the outdoors, staying active and being involved in local community.

This role is three full days per week, during school term time only.

A full clean driving licence and police check are necessary for this role.

For a confidential discussion or more information, please contact: Amber Ryan – Te Awa Unit Manager, on 020 4077 8404 or ARyan@nhs.school.nz

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Te Awa Unit

Te Awa unit is intended for children and young people who are placed in the care of Oranga Tamariki in the Auckland region and who have high needs at home, in school and in the community. The students are usually between school years 7 and 11. The unit is in the Penrose area.

The service

A team of NHS teachers, psychologists, facilitators, mentors and support staff work with the young people and can provide two types of service:

  • An assessment service that looks at identifying young people’s needs or at answering specific referral questions (function of behaviour, education assessment, therapeutic needs, summary report).

The assessment of the young person’s needs will determine whether these can be met locally, from existing services or whether additional intervention is required from Te Awa. If an additional intervention is not required, the Te Awa psychologist and deputy unit leader will share recommendations and information necessary for the young person’s social worker and/or care provider to arrange a successful transition. Te Awa’s involvement with the young person and their family/whanau will cease and the case will be closed.

  • An intensive wraparound service, which aims at supporting young people:
    • learn new skills and ways of behaving
    • develop a healthy sense of personal identity
    • engage successfully in education at a local school
    • develop the skills necessary for building prosocial peer relationships
    • enjoy a successful home life, including developing relationships with family/whanau and community

The wraparound process involves the young person, their family/whanau and their team. They meet regularly to agree goals and devise a collaborative plan that is implemented between meetings. Regular reviews take place monthly with goals reviewed and new needs prioritised, strategies discussed and action points agreed to by all participants. Once the plan’s goals have been met, the young person will be transitioned out of the service.

The service also runs a base classroom programme operating school terms and between the hours of 9am to 3pm daily. Up to six students work in the classroom area on individual learning programmes while education and individual assessments are undertaken to establish their needs. While they are taught strategies to manage themselves in other settings, not all young people receiving the service will physically attend the unit.

Referring a young person

At present, young people can be referred to Te Awa by Oranga Tamariki social workers, Reconnect and Youth Horizons Trust.

The Ministry of Education Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service, can at times refer a young person to the Te Awa unit where the young person is in the custody of Oranga Tamariki and would be better suited to this service.

Download the full job description

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