We have a network of pastoral care staff who work together to provide an excellent program for our students. Mr Vallance, Dean of Students, oversees the pastoral care program and works with students and parents to ensure the best care is provided. We have dedicated staff available for lower secondary and upper secondary, as well as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer, a college Chaplain, a college Psychologist, and a Support Coordinator. Our pastoral care team works together, and every member has a genuine care and desire to see the students succeed.
Success looks different for every person, so we approach each student differently and aim to encourage and build them up as an individual.”
– Mr Joel Vallance, Dean of Students
Pastoral care activities include pastoral care group time every morning, designed to get students into the right headspace to start the day. There are occasional lunch time activities, Friday afternoon clubs, and after school clubs for various groups. Camps are also a fantastic opportunity to spend time caring pastorally for students.
Pastoral Care can really be anything. Pastoral care feeds into the classroom, into clubs, and into camps because in everything we do we are looking to care for the student’s needs.
Our SPIRIT values are incorporated into our pastoral care.
We encourage students to persevere through challenges, which helps them develop character and makes them valuable contributors to society and a light to the world.
We see how each person is made in the image of God, and each one of these young people reflects Him. Our pastoral care team support students as they work out who they are and develop as teenagers.
I have the privilege to be able to talk with the students in an informal capacity, which gives them room to share their struggles as well as their achievements. I can then support and encourage them in a different realm than the teachers.”
– Miss Kate Wheatley, College Chaplain
Miss Wheatley, college chaplain, is deeply engaged in the concerns and needs of school community and provides the following:
- Pastoral Care: Being someone that students can share their achievements and struggles with and regularly praying and reading the Bible with them.
- Strategic Emotional Support: Providing counselling for students and parents in areas such as academic support, relationship issues, parenting, anxiety and depression, and helping determine plans of approach and clear clinical interventions when needed.
- Encouragement: You will also see our chaplain supporting teachers on college camps and excursions as well as running around the oval during team sports, cheering on students and staff.
- Community Partnership: College chaplain also develops relationships with school parents and members of the school community, including local pastors.
Leadership skills are a vital in today’s world. We want our students to have the confidence to hold their own, speak and think critically, and have the skills to create influence in any situation to great success.
Our Leadership program is for students from Year 6 to Year 12 and awakens leadership potential as well as character development.
Much is expected from our school leaders. With a focus on community service, the school leaders are responsible for fundraising for causes, running or supporting school social and internal and external school events.
When students join the school, they join the established house structure.
The three houses: Benjamin, Levi and Judah are named after famous tribes of the Old Testament. Each house has its own logo and values, and students take great pride in belonging to their house.