Careers - Freyberg High School
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself”
George Bernard Shaw

Careers@ Freyberg is available to assist students in the following areas:

  • Selection of school subjects for future study and careers pathways
  • Making informed decisions & career planning
  • Finding post school information for University, Polytechnic, Youth Guarantees, apprenticeships, training & employment
  • Assisting with Gateway industry placements
  • Arranging the placement of students on STAR 
  • Preparing for the transition from school to employment
  • Writing a C.V. & preparing for interviews
  • Assistance with application forms and online applications
  • Year 10 work experience

Careers Appointments: Students and/or whānau can make appointments by email or through their whānau teacher or calling in to Atawhai reception.

Gateway Programme

The Gateway programme offers Year 12 and 13 students a career focussed and structured workplace learning individual programme while still at school. It is a partnership between Freyberg High School and the local business community. The aim of this programme is for students to develop career specific knowledge and skills. It is hoped to place students in an excellent position to gain employment, apprenticeships or to undertake tertiary study during or at the end of the year.

Gateway is taken as a classroom option with, where possible, industry specific unit standards. There is a compulsory work experience component of a half or full day work experience each week. Students are encouraged to try and gain work placements through their own network of friends and family or by approaching employers. Helen Green, Careers Counsellor and Delwyn Shirley, Gateway and STAR Administrator are available to assist in this process.

Gateway is funded and administered through the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Freyberg High School is required to report on students learning outcomes and placement arrangements.

STAR Programme

STAR is a senior school wide programme which offers students short courses in a range of industry based areas. These courses are generally run off site by tertiary providers. Barista skills and First Aid are popular with students looking for part time employment while Whakairo, Furniture Making, Hairdressing and Electronics offer ‘tasters’ for students investigating possible career pathways.

The STAR programme also assists school departments with funding and equipment.

Year 12 options in Retail and Early Childhood Education offer two specific areas of skills, knowledge and experience.
Year 13 careers programme has a focus on developing self-awareness, skills in obtaining information about future options, decision making, workplace knowledge and practices, and developing independence.


  • Helen Green, Graduate Diploma Career Development, Diploma Teaching
    Career Counsellor, HOD Gateway/STAR
    Teacher of Year 12 & 13 Gateway options
  • Delwyn Shirley, Diploma Information and Library Studies:
    Administrator Gateway and STAR

Careers Links:

The following links are useful for tertiary study options, making decisions and finding information on scholarships and study options.

New Zealand Careers Service website: for career information, job descriptions, interactive tools, CV writing, decision making and more. Search Kimi Mahi for  an interactive guide to careers
Massey University
Universal College of Learning
Victoria University
Waikato University

University of Canterbury

University of Auckland

University of Otago
Te Wananga O Aotearoa
Kia Ora Hauora Kia Ora Hauora: A guide to health careers
 Study tips
 Maori Scholarships