Pastoral Care

 
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Guided by Catholic principles, the ̨aƬSearch has a proven pastoral care program that is focused on the well-being of all students. Adolescence in particular is a time of growth, challenge and transition – the right support helps ensure students stay on track to meet their educational, spiritual and personal goals.   

By focusing on the growth of the whole person – as opposed to focusing just on academics – the ̨aƬSearch aims to help students develop key life skills for coping with challenges at school and beyond.  

The secondary program includes: 

  • Transition support for commencing Year 7s, including Orientation activities and the Quest Retreat with Senior School leaders  

  • House System where students belong to one of eight Houses within the ̨aƬSearch – a second family with which to participate in a range of activities, including Sport, Arts and Ministry 

  • Daily Homeroom with a dedicated Homeroom teacher, along with an extended program of pastoral activities 

  • Year Level support with a dedicated Head of Year and tailored pastoral incursions and excursions 

  • Ministry opportunities for faith formation and spiritual development 

  • ̨aƬSearch Psychologists who can provide support and advice on-site 

  •  and robust policies on behaviour management, uniform and grooming, ICT use and more  

  • Careers education and subject counselling 

  • Tailored learning support for individuals needing additional guidance or extension  

  • In-house referral network for issues of concern  

Areas of pastoral focus for all years include but are not limited to: 

  • Anti-bullying measures 

  • Keeping safe online 

  • Drugs education 

  • Career pathways, including ATAR and VET 

  • Study skills 

  • Health, well-being and resiliency 

  • Stress management 

  • Body image 

  • Social wellbeing  

  • Empowerment and positive leadership 

  • Avoiding risk-taking behaviours 

 The ̨aƬSearch recognises that the development of quality relationships is key to student success. A supportive community involves students, parents, teachers and staff working together in the best interests of the student. By communicating effectively and listening to the student voice, we can ensure each student has a learning environment that encourages them to learn and grow.