The students will be in close contact with their class teacher for much of the day. This crucial relationship between the class teacher and the individual student is recognised by the school and the staff. Our small classes and a high level of individual attention ensure that student progress and welfare are carefully monitored. Class meetings are an integral part of the pastoral care routines.
Parents are provided with detailed information on the academic progress and social development of their child during a variety scheduled parent/teacher meetings and semester reports during the year. Parents are also encouraged to contact the homeroom teacher, in the first instance, as soon as any issue arises that may affect the student’s general well-being in school. For more serious concerns, where professional counselling is thought appropriate, we may refer students and their families to a Consultant Educational Psychologist.
Our school nurse also fulfils an important role in the pastoral system of our school. The Principal and the Assistant Principal are responsible for the coordination of pastoral care in the Primary School.
The pastoral care of our students is centred on the homeroom teachers, who are supported by the Year Level Leaders and the section principals. The homeroom teachers provide a point of contact for the student, parents and other teachers. We aim to provide an atmosphere that enables students to have close contact and a good rapport with their homeroom teachers. In Years 7 to 13, homeroom teachers register and meet informally with their homeroom during the daily homeroom period.
Parents are encouraged to contact the homeroom teacher if any issues arise which may affect their child’s general well-being in school. The homeroom teachers also aim to recognise potential problems and deal with them before they become too serious, and to encourage students to be forthcoming when they need to speak to a teacher on either an academic, social, or personal issue.
Two student counsellors and a school nurse are very much part of the pastoral care system. They work with individuals, small groups and whole classes, as appropriate, and may be consulted by students, parents or teachers.
Our small classes and a high level of individual attention ensure that student progress and welfare are carefully monitored. Parents are provided with detailed information on the academic progress and social development of their child . Regular Learning Reviews, interim and semester reports, and open evenings help ensure that communication is open and constructive.
There are two academic counsellors who advise and encourage students to examine their options as they move through the Secondary School and prepare for university study and life after school. They are active advisers during university and course selection, and provide extensive support to student during the university application process.