The well-being of your child, within our school is paramount to the Counselling Department. We are vitally interested in developing relationships that will create a feeling of "belonging", "being connected" as a member of the Somerville community.


Somerville has a school counsellor who offers a confidential and professional service to students and who is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Students can be seen individually or in small groups through an appointment system. We work directly with students as well as collaborating with families and staff.

Janie Rose

Janie is a trained teacher who last year completed her post graduate degree in Counselling through Auckland University. She has spent time counselling at St Pauls College and also Rangitoto College. Her passion for the well-being and the need for having a balanced lifestyle for pre-teens and teenagers, led Janie to switch from teaching to counselling. She has an eclectic approach and finds counselling challenging but very rewarding. She is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (09) 535 1070, ext. 816.


I am looking forward to working with you!

Message for Students

Add school counsellors to the list of people you can turn to when you need help. They know how to listen and can help students with life's challenges. School counsellors have special training in how to help kids solve problems, make decisions, and stand up for themselves.

We are available for you and want to make your school experience "the best it can be". Our job is to take your problem seriously and help you find a solution. We also want to help you learn as much as you can in class, be a contributing member of the school community, and be a positive influence on your environment.

You're important, and there's always someone – a friend, a cat, family – that you matter to. Things do get better, and sometimes we just need someone or some others to "carry" us a little bit till they do get better. Counselling can help with that.

How can counselling help? (from "School Counselling" NZAC)

Counselling can help you to:

  • Feel better about yourself
  • Think about, and do, things in a different way
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Plan and set goals
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Understand yourself better
  • Improve your relationships
  • Get access, or be referred, to other support as necessary

Some helpful websites and phone numbers:

Feeling down? 0800 942 8787 0800 kidsline 0800 54 37 54 or phone 0800 37 66 33
Helpline 0800 111 757