Pastoral care is the love and care we show to every individual in our College community.
At St Paul's we pride ourselves on our Pastoral Care. The gospel values of respect, acceptance, understanding, compassion, love and tolerance underpin all dimensions of College life. We pride ourselves on creating a family environment in our College, where each child has the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging, which in turn will allow them to thrive.
Student wellbeing is at the centre of all that we do and students are supported by our caring and compassionate staff. Mother Teresa once said, "spread love everywhere you go" - the staff at St Paul's aspire to live out these words.
Pastoral care permeates every interaction at the College. We take great pride in our staff's ability to restore relationships when issues arise.
St Paul's has a Pastoral Care group structure which has been designed with student interaction at its heart. A vital component of this structure is the peer support which develops within each group. Peer support helps to nurture the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of each student. Senior students are given the opportunity to mentor younger students as well as model positive behaviour, attitudes and values. Pastoral Care time involves students helping other students in a caring environment.
The Pastoral Care Coordinator (Year Coordinator for Years 7 and 12, House Coordinator for Years 8-11) is a vital link for parents in relation to their child's wellbeing. In addition, the Pastoral Care teacher is an integral part of the welfare team, forging open lines of communication and trust between students and parents.
At St Paul's College, we are connected to many community health services that enhance our students ability to thrive. All these relationships and connections are vital as we work in partnership with parents to support their child in all aspects of life.
At the start of each day, students meet with their Pastoral Care teacher in groups of students from Years 8 to 11. Year 7 students, as new members of the College, meet in small groups where there is special focus on building relationships and understanding the routine of high school. Year 12 have dedicated Pastoral Care classes to support them through their final year at school. During Pastoral Care time, students connect with peers and build positive relationships within the group. The Pastoral Care group allows for students to develop a sense of belonging and nurtures community spirit allowing students to thrive in a supported and connected family environment.