Daily from 8.15am to 3.15pm learners can visit our School Nurse during their break times only (unless urgent). The Nurses office is situated in the main Admin block.
The school nurses are:
- Alexis is on-site Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- Chrissy is on-site Wednesdays
Junk Free June
Winter is now upon us, Health promotion Agency (HPA) via Wellplace NZ inspire all New Zealanders to lead healthier lifestyles; this month is Junk Food June, so utilise some of these resources to make a conscious effort towards healthy eating habits in our homes, at school or workplaces, check out these useful website links for some easy, cost effective ideas:
Have you ever had a look at The Ministry of Health’s website, it explores a wealth health topics with useful information and resources for you to use.
There are 2 dental services available at Whangaparaoa College for students with consent from caregivers;
Lumino sees only year 9-13's and visit Term 1-2 each year - contact Lumino 09 361 7167
Auckland Regional Dental Service see year 7 and 8's and visit Term 3-4
Whangaparoa Auckland Regional Dental Service units number is : 09 837 8890
School Immunisation Programme
Information about vaccinations to help you make an informed decision
Vaccinations contain an antigen that is injected to stimulate the immune system to have a response to fight the antigen, and in doing causes the immune system to make memory cells, that get stored away in our bone marrow. When your body comes in contact with the antigen again, your body will recognise the antigen and send memory cells which can quickly act to defend your body so you don’t get sick with the antigen you have come in contact with (i.e whooping cough, tetanus, influenza or whatever else you have been vaccinated against).
Not a single drop of the vaccination is left in your body. Once your own immune system has had time to recognise and start fighting the antigen, the vaccination gets metabolised and excreted in your urine
You can never have too many vaccinations or overdose on vaccinations, as your bone marrow has plenty of room to store tiny memory cells which lay dormant until they come into contact with the illness they recognise. There is a cost to each vaccination so that is why we only give the vaccination as per the schedule. Having a vaccination more than once will do no harm to your body.
Age 12 is considered the optimal age to receive the HPV vaccine because research has shown this is the time the uptake is best and people make the best memory cells.
In Australia there has been a significant decline and near eradication of genital warts as a result of the HPV vaccine. This is very important as genital warts (herpes) can lead to cervical and throat cancers. Hence as the prevalence of Herpes declines, so do cancers such as cervical cancer and throat cancer.
Some people are concerned about what vaccines contain especially aluminium and formaldehyde. Vaccines contain as much aluminium as a litre of water (which we would all easily consume daily with nil ill effects). Formaldehyde is naturally occurring in our bodies as a by-product of metabolism. It is also present in mascara, paper towels, carpet and baby shampoo. The amount present in vaccines is of no concern to our health.
Some people can not be immunised because they are too young (newborns) or are immunocompromised. This group of people are very vulnerable to infection as their immune systems are already weak. Their best protection is for the people who surround them to be immunised.
If you have any questions or concerns about immunisation please do not hesitate to speak to the school nurse or free phone 0800466863.
Please click here
for information on the School Immunisation Programme.
For details about the Family/Whanau Support and Education Group please click here
For details on the Triple P Positive Parenting Program please click here
Waste Free Period Kits
These are available for sale at $20 each. Please see Learner Accounts to purchase.
The student pack contains the following:
• 1 x teen MyCup menstrual cup (NZ made)
• 2 x reusable pads
• 1 x set of instructions for cup and reusable pad use
• 1 x waste free period bag
• 1 x pack of 5 Miltons tablets and instructions for use
Please click here
to watch an information video
Whangaparaoa Hub Health Pop In
- Every Tuesday 2-4pm, free pop in clinic
Public health nurses can give health advice on a range of health related topics, eczema and skin issues, nutrition and diet, sexual health, puberty, head lice, ear and eye health, toileting problems and bullying.