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Careers Advisor and HOD
  • Judy Lawry

Career Development Educator and Gateway Coordinator

  • Vicky Wallis BEd (Teaching) Grad Certificate Career Development

 Careers Administrator

  • Kerri Hartley-Jones Diploma in Career Guidance / Certificate in Early Childhood Education / Certificate in Level 2 Horticulture


We are happy to be contacted for any help needed:

Judy Lawry: 09 237 0117 ext 247 or jlawry@pukekohehigh.school.nz
Vicky Wallis: 09 237 0117 ext 283, 027 4755 935 or vwallis@pukekohehigh.school.nz
Kerri Hartley-Jones: 09 237 0117 ext 232 or khartley-jones@pukekohehigh.school.nz


Judy Lawry
is our Careers Advisor.  

Vicky Wallis is our Career Development Educator and Gateway Coordinator.  As Careers Development Educator she teaches large and small groups and mentors individual students from Years 9 to 12.  As Gateway Coordinator Vicky is responsible for placing between 39-45 students a year in work experience in the community and she also monitors their progress through the required credit-earning process. Vicky is highly committed to helping young people to begin their career journeys positively and she greatly enjoys her interactions with young people. 

Kerri Hartley-Jones is our Career Centre Manager.  She runs the day to day administrative side of our department including liaison with all the universities, polytechnics and with some employers.  She manages our schedule of services and is the person who is always available in the Careers Centre to provide information.  Her role is to make sure that our services are offered in a timely efficient manner and that students are regularly informed.  That way they can utilise all of the great services we offer.  Kerri has worked in a range of leadership, teaching and customer services roles, especially within the education sector. 


We usually have 39 students allowed to do a Gateway placement each year and this placement is in addition to the students’ normal programmes.  This is one of the points of difference between Gateway and the Transition and Youth Award Scheme programmes offered by our colleague, Shelly Boyes, who teaches these two programmes as part of the curriculum.  Any student in Years 11,12 or 13 can apply to do a Gateway Experience and Mrs Wallis selects on the basis of a student’s commitment, enthusiasm and readiness to achieve her or his goals.  Mrs Wallis has links with a vast range of local employers, and she can help students get ready for apprenticeship opportunities.  Through Gateway, some students can also complete credits towards Early Childhood training through Porse or complete a First Aid or Life Saving Certificate.

It is crucial that senior students especially, pay close attention to daily notices and to the information displays which are regularly updated by the Career Centre Manager.  The Careers Centre is the hub of the Career Development Services Department and students are strongly encouraged to check in there at least once each week to familiarise themselves with the latest information from universities and polytechnics and from employers (through the “Jobs Book”).