Guidance Counsellor

At Sacred Heart College we understand the challenges and pressures our young boys’ face as they navigate their journey towards becoming young men. The role of the Guidance counsellor is to provide support to any student seeking or needing help, providing them with strategies to help them cope through and overcome their struggles, so they can succeed and thrive in life.

Introducing Our Counsellors

Mrs Silipa is a qualified and experienced school counsellor of 27 years, the latter 9 years have been in Catholic boys’ schools, two of which at Sacred Heart College.

Mr Loulanting is a qualified secondary school teacher and holds a post graduate qualification in counselling. Over the past 12 years, he has worked in secondary and tertiary educational settings and has a strong interest in working with young men.

An essential aspect of a counsellors role is identifying mental health and wellbeing needs and recommending age appropriate programmes to help address those needs. Mrs Silipa has pastoral leadership experience having implemented programmes that foster positive school community relationships such as Peer Support, Restorative Practice, Peer Mediation and the Travellers’ programme.

Both Mrs Silipa's and Mr Loulanting's practice abide by the NZAC & NZCCA Code of Ethics which means that confidentiality is maintained unless there is an imminent risk to safety.

Mrs Nua Silipa
nsilipa@sacredheart.school.nz
(09) 529 3660 Ext. 896

Mr Arthur Loulanting
Available Tuesday and Thursday
aloulanting@sacredheart.school.nz
(09) 529 3660 Ext. 896

Useful Resources

Recommended telephone lines:
Need to talk? Ministry of Health Free phone or text 1737
Youthline: 0800-376633 or txt 027 4 youths
Chinese Lifeline: 0800 888 880
Domestic Violence Centre: (24-hour line) (09) 303 3939
Sexual Abuse Help: (24 hours) (09) 623 1700
Pasifika Health Services (09) 828 4307
Parenting Place: (09) 524 0025 or 0800 535659
Kari Centre emergency line: 0800 800717
Whirinaki: 09 2654000 after hours 0800 775 222
For immediate help CALL 111

Recommended websites:
For depression: thelowdown.co.nz and depression.org.nz
Drinking and drugs: alteredhigh.com
Body image and eating issues: ed.org.nz
Internet safety: netsafe.org.nz
Autism Spectrum Disorder: autismnz.org.nz
Parenting Place: theparentingplace.com   Toolbox Parenting Courses 
Covid 19 information
Covid 19 and mental health

Students seek counselling each week for a wide range of issues and are represented from all academic levels, ethnicities and year groups. Issues range from any of the following, to name a few:

  • Personal issues including low self esteem
  • Stress from issues at home – Financial issues, parents separating
  • Stress from school - schoolwork, homework, pressure, levels of difficulty or lacking motivation
  • Relationship issues - friends, girlfriend, parents, siblings, wider family members, peers at school
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
  • Behavioural issues
  • Examination stress and how to manage it
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexuality or identity issues
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief of a family member or friend
  • Feeling discriminated, victimised
  • Drug/alcohol, addictions
  • Body image – eating disorders

The support offered could come in various forms either counselling, accessing external agencies, arranging peer support, or helping when well-being assessments need to be made. If appropriate, and with parental consent, students can be referred free of charge to either (depending on the home address) the Kari Centre, Whirinaki, or Marinoto for psychological support. This may be recommended when students face depression, anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues. Itinerant counsellors from Youthline, Altered High, and other Youth/Mental health organisations may come into the school in collaboration with the counsellors’ or the Pastoral Care Team.

Making an Appointment

For Students: Visit the counselling area at the start of the day (between 8am and 8.45am) to make an appointment with the counsellor. An appointment box with slips is located on or next to the counsellors’ office door. You are also welcome to email the counsellor directly.

For Parents: Please feel free to send through an email or phone on the counsellors’ direct extension.

Providing privacy is of high importance, the councillors offices are situated with this in mind. Counsellors’ offer individual and small group counselling, mediation and advocacy skills. Our Counsellors’ work closely with the Pastoral Care team, the Heads of Years, the School Nurse and the Specialist Teacher supports.

Senior Peer Support Leaders in Junior Homerooms

This year to support our junior boys’ we have trained the Prefects and volunteer senior leadership students with Peer Support training which they will take with them into the Junior Homerooms. We understand that harassment, bullying and shaming can cause long-term psychological damage. By providing mentoring supports for our junior boys’ they will be able to learn more effectively and feel emotionally safe at school.