In the Primary School, Pastoral Care is organised around the classroom teacher who is responsible for getting to know each student, for fostering their potential as a learner, for encouraging positive behaviours, and for being attuned to difficulties their students may be encountering. A team approach is taken towards the management of any concerns for individual students’ learning and/or wellbeing, involving (as required) the Head of School, Head of Teaching and Learning, Head of Pastoral Care and/or counsellor. Pastoral Care is an essential component of the primary school curriculum which is designed to enhance students’ social-emotional understandings and competencies. The Get Happier Project, Friendly Schools’ Plus program and What’s The Buzz are incorporated into pastoral care lessons, promoting positive peer relationships, positive teacher-student relationships, and explicit teaching related to emotions, social knowledge and social skills. The Get Happier Project has produced a free ebook “Happy Parenting – Raising Positive and Empowered Kids” to get your link to download the ebook contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Secondary School, each student belongs to a Tutor Group, a Year Group and a House. Tutors develop strong relationships with their students. They monitor student performance, overseeing and acting as advocates for their students’ wellbeing. Tutors are the ‘first port of call’ for the students and their parents for queries and concerns, both pastoral and academic. The year group is managed by the Assistant Heads of School (7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12) who organises Year Level assemblies, camps and other year level activities that promote strong connections within the cohort. There is a separate Pastoral Care program, taught by the Tutor as well as units within subjects that deal with adolescent needs. Tutors are assisted by Buddy Tutors in the delivery of the Pastoral Care program, thus forming another significant teacher-student relationship to support students’ learning.
The Secondary School also provides free access for families to the Study Skills Handbook. This site provides valuable information about organisation, managing workloads, dealing with distractions, managing stress, goal setting, developing motivation and more. This service is free to our families. Please contact the School office on 5480 5900 for the username and password.
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