Pastoral care and wellbeing

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To foster a culture of genuine interest and care for all, teachers and students are called to practice the six Ursuline Values of Accept, Respect, Unite, Act, Empower and Serve.

At St Ursula’s College, there is a strong focus on empowering our students to value themselves and take the steps needed to enjoy good mental health.

Our pastoral care approach:

• Respects the dignity of each person
• Is affirming and celebratory
• Is built on Gospel values and the restorative practices of reconciliation, compassion and love.

Pastoral Care Program

The Pastoral Care Program at St Ursula’s integrates the academic, social, personal and religious dimensions of College life. Our goal is to support each member of our College community to realise their potential.

Each student is a member of a pastoral care class and is cared for daily by a pastoral care teacher. Each pastoral care class shares a wide range of nurturing, supportive experiences together.

Through the program, students are encouraged to:

  • Increase their resilience and coping skills
  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Develop a deeper sense of respect for themselves and others
  • Collaborate to achieve shared objectives
  • Live out their values
  • Understand their emotions to help manage stress and anxiety
  • Develop their leadership capabilities
  • Learn responsible social behaviours.

The wide range of activities students participate in include:

  • Group work and self-reflection sessions
  • Workshops
  • Project-based learning
  • Guest speakers
  • Theatrical performances
  • Camps and retreats
  • Mentoring
  • Social justice activities
  • Wellbeing sessions
  • Special assemblies
  • Liturgies and masses
  • Community-based projects.

Peer Mentoring Program

St Ursula’s Big Sister/Little Sister Peer Mentoring Program has been successfully building strong bonds of trust and friendship between Years 7 and 12 students for over 30 years. It is a critical part of our Pastoral Care Program, helping:

  • Year 7 students transition to secondary school with the ongoing encouragement and support of senior students
  • Year 12 students build their leadership skills.

Over the year, participants have opportunities to interact through informal and structured activities. They build friendships through shared participation in pastoral lessons, morning teas, playground activities, College masses, assemblies and sports carnivals.

Awards System

St Ursula’s recognises our students’ effort and achievement with a variety of awards:

  • Pastoral Awards – given for a combination of classroom and academic achievement
  • Academic Awards – for overall academic achievement
  • Serviam Awards – recognising hours of community service achieved.

Counselling

St Ursula’s offers a confidential counselling service to students. Areas that may be addressed in counselling include anxiety and fears, family changes, grief and loss, stress, depression, relationships with friends and adults and eating disorders.