A snapshot of Pastoral Care...
Student Wellbeing is indeed a focal point of Pastoral Care activities across the College community. Across the College, we focus our energies on increasing social awareness, developing greater self-awareness, promoting positive coping and problem solving skills, whilst making good decisions.
It is said to be true that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. As a school community, we have given particular attention to the cultivation of positive thinking through the promotion of positive wellbeing. Our extended Pastoral Care periods each Thursday allow for the delivery of a sequential Pastoral Care Program from Year 7-12 addressing issues ranging from transition in Year 7 to managing the stress in the HSC year in Year 12. The delivery of these units of work was well supported by a range of experts in these fields.
As part of our transition program for Year 7, Rocky Biasi engages students in a session titled ‘Big Fish Little Fish’. Rocky also presents to our Year 11 and 12 students at key moments throughout the academic year, focusing on how to most effectively manage the final years of school from a psychological perspective.
Year 11 also has a strong focus on Driver Education with the particular support of Rotary. Students participate in both the U-Turn-the-Wheel program as well as the ‘Bstreetsmart’ event, aimed at reducing injury as a consequence of raising awareness and educating our young people to become safer drivers. This is further supported by the opportunity for our Year 10 and 11 students, with their parents, to attend a ‘Drive to Survive’ seminar at Tynan Hyundai, conducted by Ian Luff and the Drive to Survive team.
Years 10, 11 and 12 are further challenged to consider the risks and dangers involved in parties as well as the consumption of alcohol and other drugs throughout their PC lessons.
On September 10, we mark ‘R U OK’ day with a series of lessons emphasizing the importance of promoting help seeking strategies. In October, we mark ‘Mental Month’ with the celebration of the St Patrick’s positive wellbeing wall. Furthermore, staff and students wear green ribbons in an endeavour to raise awareness of Mental Health issues.
Year 7, 8 and 9 finish the year with our PC Picnic day, a great day of community building and fun.
Mrs Renae Kennedy
Pastoral Care Coordinator