Josh Kim Social Sciences Teacher
Kirsty Robinson Counsellor
Riki Clark Counsellor
Josh is embarking on his teaching career at College,
A registered psychologist, Kirsty joins the Centre for Wellbeing & Positive Education from her role as a psychologist in Learning Support at the Ministry of Education. Widely experienced, she has a Postgraduate Diploma of Child and Family Psychology and a Master of Arts (Child and Family Psychology). She began work as a probation officer in Wellington and Porirua, followed by work as an intern psychologist with Family Works and Mana Ake, a school attendance advisor for the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust and as a senior policy advisor with the Department of Corrections. Throughout she has partnered collaboratively with Oranga Tamariki, NZ Police and a range of other NGO and Canterbury District Health Board clinicians. She is passionate about ensuring the rights of children, young people and their families are upheld.
Riki comes to College as a specialist clinician with the children’s service of Stop
having completed his Master of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury in 2020. Majoring in history and political science, he has a passion for the humanities and the rich gifts historical literacy can provide. As a Korean-New Zealander and an aspiring bicultural educator, he is keen to develop forward- thinking pedagogies that affirm diverse culture and identities, and enable students to develop an understanding about human interactions and our “place” in the world. By this, he likes to support individuals to take risks, and explore new ideas and avenues of thought. Josh serves in leadership roles in the church and cultural organisations, and is a Korea- New Zealand Antarctic relations ambassador.
Services. He was formerly a lead professional with the Children’s Action Team. His counselling career began at Te Puna Oranga and the Department of Corrections. Riki was a counsellor at Hillmorton High School, and integrated counselling approaches with a te ao Ma¯ ori lens while involved in the total immersion Ma¯ ori language school, Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ ori o Te Wha¯ nau Tahi. As well as counselling, Riki has previously worked as a teacher and performing arts choreographer, and is an active member of the netball community. He has coached at representative level and has the performance coach qualification for Netball NZ. He has also qualified and worked as a personal trainer and is a confirmed tohunga with a strong interest in Ma¯ ori language.
College Issue 40 2021
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