Year 9 EOTC Day by

Pastoral Care

The student body at Shirley Boys’ High School is divided into four house groups - Aoraki (blue), Blake (green), Mullins (red) and Snell (gold).   

Form Class Tutors

Within each house group, students are divided into vertical form classes made up of students from each year level 9-13. Form Class Tutors are the first point of contact for pastoral matters as they see students regularly, and in most cases students have the same Form Class Tutor for their five years at Shirley. Form Class Tutors monitor their student’s attendance and uniform, as well as complete weekly reports on their attitude and course work.

Head of House

Each Head of House has overall responsibility for the staff and students in their house group. This includes ensuring pastoral care policies and procedures are implemented and monitoring student’s progress. 

Dean of House

Deans are responsible for overall well-being of students in their house group, including welcoming of new students, timetable construction/changes and course selections. Deans also monitor students who are not achieving to their potential or who are engaging in unacceptable behaviours, ensuring appropriate action is taken when required. 


Aoraki House:

  • Jamyn Keats, Head of Aoraki House / Email Me / ext 257

  • Andy Firmedow, Dean of Aoraki House / Email Me / ext 329

Blake House:

  • Craig Croft, Head of Blake House / Email Me / ext 282

  • Garth Jones, Dean of Blake House / Email Me / ext 363

Mullins House:

  • Phil Dixon, Head of Mullins House / Email Me / ext 278

  • Maria Lemalie, Dean of Mullins House / Email Me / ext 378

Snell House:

  • Kate Hays, Head of Snell House / Email Me / ext 356

  • Joseph Houghton, Dean of Snell House / Email Me / ext 307


The Guidance Team includes a Guidance Counsellor, Learning Support Co-ordinator (SENCO), Careers Advisor and Transition Teacher who are available to assist students with personal, social, educational and vocational guidance.

Guidance Counsellor

Shirley Boys’ High School has a qualified Guidance Counsellor who ensures students receive information to assist them to make positive, informed and appropriate decisions about their future. The Counsellor is also available if students have specific concerns about anything at school or home.

Learning Support Co-ordinator (SENCO)

The SENCO co-ordinates the extra learning support required by students who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities or behavioural disorders, so that they can be more successful in the classroom.

Careers Advisor/Transition

As well as providing careers information and options to students, the Careers Advisor is responsible for managing the Transition department, the schools’ Gateway and Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) programmes. There are a number of trade training and work experience opportunities available for students in Year 12 and 13 through the STAR and Gateway programmes, which are co-ordinated by the Gateway Co-ordinator and Transition Assistant.

Guidance staff contacts:

  • Tony Ambrose, HOD Guidance / Email Me / ext 219

  • Gail Collier, SENCO / Email Me / ext 255

  • Russell Stocks, HOD Transition / Email Me / ext 252

  • Rachel Campbell, Gateway Co-ordinator / Email Me / ext 391

  • Rosemary Crawford, Transition Assistant / Email Me / ext 238