The Awhina Centre

Our Mission

The Āwhina Learning Department seeks to support and enhance the academic and personal development of identified students, who need extra support for all or part of their day, within a safe and positive learning environment through differentiated curriculum programmes and specialist classroom strategies.  
The Department provides inclusive support to enable all students to access the curriculum and to experience success across a range of areas while at school through the provision of a combination of the following:
  • Extra assistance
  • Adapted programme or learning environments
  • Specialised equipment or materials.
Our Services
  • Differentiated curriculum programmes
  • Smaller classes
  • Teachers trained or training in special learning needs
  • Teacher aide support
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Support for students with specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia. etc.
  • NZQA Special Assessment Conditions coordination and assistance
  • Implementation of specialist programmes and/or alternative pathways for students with moderate/global learning needs, e.g. Skills For Life
  • Individual education plans for identified studentS
  • Co-ordination of Special Olympics
  • Provision of support for ORS-funded students.

Teaching Staff

Mrs Cheryl Jaffar - HOLA Support Services


Mrs Leah Nairn

Mrs Helen Henkin

 Ms Hayley Ryan

Mrs Baljeet Kaur Saini

Miss Pearl Shroff


Teachers Aides

Ms Anna Carter

Mrs Gaylene Davis

Mrs Katrina Devonshire

Mrs Gillian Gouldstone

Ms Tasneem September