Pastoral Programs

The College has a formal pastoral program that has a particular focus for each year group and these are written to suit the needs of the students as they move through adolescence.

Pastoral lessons are held a number of times each term and are run by the Year team, under the supervision of the Year Coordinator, at both a pastoral class and whole year level. The programs are supported with an online ‘Student Wellbeing Program’ that is linked to the student diary and covers topics from study skills through to resilience and the mental health of young people.

The Middle School pastoral care program develops positive social interaction, teamwork and collaboration. These are vital skills for young girls to learn so they can successfully navigate the challenges of adolescence. Pastoral Advisors work together with the students in their class to develop these skills and are the first point of contact for all pastoral care issues. The pastoral care messages presented to the girls include encouragement to value themselves as individuals and to engage in healthy relationships at school and online. Student camps are an important part of the Year 7,8 and 9 pastoral care programs.

The Senior School pastoral program centres on developing skills for life in senior school and beyond school. As the Senior students evolve into independent learners, the girls are supported to develop effective study skills aimed to improve motivation and examination preparations. They are also encouraged to see the importance of having balance in their lives. All girls are encouraged to learn to be effective problem solvers. Student retreats are an important part of the Year 10, 11 and 12 pastoral care programs.

Year 7 The programs for each group are

Year 7 Right Relationships – A Sense of Belonging
This unit focuses on the important skills associated with relationships and developing a sense of belonging to the many groups of which they are a part.
  • Students are taught and encouraged to build and maintain respectful and healthy relationships
  • Students are encouraged to feel a sense of belonging - this is about feeling connected to your friends, family, school and community
Year 8 – Resilience - Building Resilience in Young People
This unit focuses on the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for students to develop the skills to become a resilient individual
  • Students are introduced to the seven essential resiliency skills
  • Students are encouraged to implement these skills as they allow a young person to face challenges, learn from them and apply these skills towards living a healthy life. 

Year 9 – Mental Health– Skills for Life  

This unit focuses on the importance of creating a positive understanding of mental health in adolescents and its link with resilience as a way of coping.

  • Students become familiar with the range of mental health issues experienced by adolescence.
  • Students recognise the impacts of health decisions and risk behavior and explore the importance of having a personal support network
Year 10 Moving Forward - Skills for Senior School
This unit focuses on the importance of creating a positive academic environment and the skills needed to be successful in senior school through developing a sense of control and a sense of purpose
  • Students become familiar with the range of skills to help support their transition into senior school – both academic and social awareness
  • Students learn that a sense of control is all about having the belief that they have the skills and ability to cope with the changes and challenges that will occur in their lives.  They develop the idea that a sense of purpose is the motivation that drives them to a satisfying life. It also helps them get the most from the things they do and achieve right now.
Year 11 – My Wellbeing
This unit focuses on the importance of achieving a balanced life and how this helps in keeping up with the demands placed upon them from school, home, and work.
  • Students develop a balanced study plan to support the academic requirements of senior school
  • Students look at the importance of taking care of yourself by being healthy and thinking well
  • Students are encouraged to act purposefully and positively by having a sense of the future. This involves having positive expectations, realistic thinking, goal setting and problem solving.
Year 12 – Looking towards the future
This unit focuses on the importance of achieving a balanced life and how this helps in keeping up with the demands placed upon them from school, home, and work.
  • Students develop a further understanding of wellbeing and its link to engagement and achievement in the classroom.
  • Students will gain an increased awareness of the various options available post the HSC through the stories of those who have gone before them.
  • Students will learn cognitive or physical techniques to manage stress and anxiety and they will be encouraged to prioritise the need for balance in order to maintain optimal wellbeing as they take steps towards their future.