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Our 2019 ERO review stated that our ‘responsive careers education supports student development’ at Kelston Girls’ College.

We provide personalised careers education by offering students:

  • Access to the career development software Career Central at any time with form teacher support from Year 9 to Year 13 to help with career exploration.
  • Individual interviews with the Careers Adviser for any current or ex-student and their whanau members.
  • Careers lessons with the Careers Adviser including a ‘careers class’ for one hour every week in Year 13 to develop both career and life skills.
  • Visits to a range of workplaces to explore jobs such as engineering firms, hospitals, film studios, construction jobs and many more.
  • A whole school careers expo in Term Three where students and whanau can speak to a range of tertiary providers.
  • Visits from tertiary and defence force providers throughout the year to help senior students with course planning for their tertiary study.
  • Access to driver education and licence testing for minimal cost.
  • Support with applying for a range of scholarships.
  • Gateway programmes for extended workplace experiences.
  • The chance to spend one day a week at a tertiary course in year 12 or 13 in the Trades Academy.
  • Opportunities to experience different types of study by visiting tertiary providers.

Careers Coordinator:

Amber Hinson Email:​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Trades Academy

Flying start to the year for Te Arataki ki te uru Trades Academy. We are very lucky here at Kelston Girls' to be able to run a Secondary Tertiary Partnership programme (these used to be called Trades Academies). This means that we receive funding from the government to send some of our students to tertiary programmes at Private training providers or Polytechnics for one day a week. The students combine these programmes with their normal school timetable. This means they get the chance to achieve NCEA Level 2 or 3 while also trying out tertiary courses and gaining credits towards future study. This year we have the following courses available:

  • Information Technology (computers)
  • Hospitality
  • Outdoor Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Tourism (taught at school)

The courses have all started and the students are having a great time. This term our hospitality students will be focussing on cooking meals with seafood and eggs, our Outdoor Education students will be doing a high ropes course, our IT students will be learning about databases and spreadsheets and our Early Childhood students will be learning about nutrition and diversity along with looking at the organisation of Early Childhood centres. Any enquiries about these courses can be sent to Ms Amber Hinson at


Provides Senior students with opportunities to access structured workplace learning. Gateway is designed to strengthen the pathway for students to progress from school to workplace.  It delivers hands on, practical experience that leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

Benefits for students: 

  • An opportunity to build skills for employment and working in real workplaces.
  • An opportunity to try out potential careers and build links to Industry Training Organisations, modern apprenticeships and workplaces.