Programmes catering to Student Well-Being and Development are based on a Whole School Approach. Year level teams consisting of the Student Development Leader and Homeroom teachers develop a range of pastoral care lessons based on the particular needs of the year level:
- Year 7 – Transition
- Year 8 – Self Image
- Year 9 – Exploring Independence
- Year 10 – Decision Making/Safe Partying
- Year 11 – Decision Making/Drugs and Alcohol, Driving
- Year 12 – Relationships
Pastoral Care lessons are supplemented with a seminar/personal development day based on the above themes incorporating involvement from local community agencies. The development of social and emotional learning capabilities such as organisation, self-awareness, social awareness, self management, responsible decision making and relationship skills are the focus of pastoral care lessons and activities.
There are a number of programmes that seek to develop leadership skills, connectedness and resilience:
Year 7 and 10 Peer Support Programme
- Year 10 leaders are trained to deliver a range of transition activities to the Year 7 students over a 10 week period.
Year 9 School Community Involvement Programme (SCIP)
- Year 9 students are assigned to assist in a community centre (aged care, disability service, migrant language centre) over four sessions. Religious Education lessons based on the value of service supplement the students’ experiences of community service.
Year 12 Participation and Leadership Programme (PAL)
- This programme requires the Year 12 students in teams, to develop lunchtime or after school activity for students over a five week cycle. Such activities include a breakfast club, sporting activities, trivia games, craft activities.
Students from Years 7-12 have the opportunity to experience leadership and be the voice of their year level. Elections are held every year for representatives of our 5 committees:
- Community Service
- Student Council
As well as the four Houses:
Each of these committees and houses meet once per week to plan events in their specific area.
Our Student Support Worker funded by the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) is employed four days per week to develop a range of activities for students in the area of Student Well-being.
A holiday programme has been in operation offering students activities such as movie excursions, cooking lessons, museum and aquarium visits and craft activities.
The Student Support Worker operates an after-school drop in centre every Wednesday for students to connect and interact.
The Student Support Worker works in conjunction with the Student Development Leaders to develop a range of programmes suited to the year level such as “Getting to Know You” activities for the junior levels and Relaxation Techniques for the senior levels.
The Student Support Worker is available to assist and support students and families dealing with grief and loss.
The Student Support Worker deals extensively with local community agencies attending network meetings and accessing programmes for students. In conjunction with these agencies, the Student Support Worker will facilitate these programmes for our students at risk who need extra guidance. Participation in any of these programmes is voluntary and done in consultation with the student and their parents.