The Year 7 Pastoral Care program is primarily designed to support Year 7 students in their transition from primary to secondary school. It is aimed at familiarising students with, and ensuring students feel comfortable and happy in the new College environment.
In order to achieve these goals a range of activities are undertaken including large and small group discussions, activities and role plays facilitated by the Year 7 Pastoral Care teachers, College Counsellor and visits from specialist guest speakers and performers.
Each Year 7 student is mentored by a senior student in our Big Sister/Little sister program. This also aids in the formation of a sense of community for them and provides an opportunity to discuss and be supported by senior students.
In addition, Year 7 students also participate in a range of significant events such as the College Opening Mass, the Year 7 camp, liturgies and masses and year group assemblies.
The Pastoral Care Program focuses on:
- Transition - becoming familiar with College procedures, making and developing friendships, becoming organised, Big Sister/Little Sister meetings.
- Resiliency - Understanding resiliency and working with the College Counsellor to implement resilient behaviours.
- Protective behaviours - recognising types of bullying, receiving important information from Police liaison officers, developing strategies to deal with bullying, creating a ‘Bully-Free Classroom Pledge’.
- Empowerment - students are provided with opportunities to recognise and practice assertiveness in communication.