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Pastoral Care

 

We endeavour to provide a safe and supportive environment where students care and look out for each other. Bullying is not tolerated and anti-social behaviour is firmly challenged. Students are encouraged to seek help and assistance when they need it from either senior students, Mentor Teachers, Head of College or the Guidance Counsellor.

On enrolment students are allocated to a Mentor Group which consists of small groups of Year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students. Each Mentor Group belongs to one of the college’s four houses.

Students meet with their Mentor Teacher every morning for 15 minutes to hear the daily notices and to have their attendance checked.

Once a fortnight students meet with their Mentor Teacher for an hour during which the Mentor talks to students about their learning and achievement progress as well as taking students through Careers and Internet Safety programmes.

Students remain in the same Mentor Group with the same Mentor Teacher for their five years at the college.

The Head of College is responsible for the pastoral care of the students in their college and are part of the Senior Management Team. They work closely with Mentor Teachers, Team Leaders, the two Deputy Principals and the Principal. They are an important link with home. The Guidance Counsellor provides a confidential service to help students and/or families resolve concerns that are impacting on a student’s educational success.

The Guidance Counsellor also has access to resources and information relating to health issues, and has a good knowledge of community networks; should information about these be required.

Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour [RTLB’s] work intensively with referred students who exhibit learning or behavioural difficulties and assist teaching staff develop effective classroom strategies. There are three resource teachers attached to the College.

The Careers Advisor provides group and class work to maximise student vocational and educational opportunities, offers personalised career counselling and planning for students, co-ordinates work experience, open day visits and youth expo visit and runs programmes on careers choice and work exploration according to year level.

Personal interviews can be arranged on request with the Mentor Teacher, Subject Teachers and Head of College. We actively encourage regular communication with Parents and Caregivers through e-mail. Individual staff e-mail addresses are published on the school website.

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