Pastoral Care and Well-BeingPRINT THIS ARTICLE
St Leo’s has a reputation for providing high-quality Pastoral Care for all students. It recognises each student and encourages them to find their personal greatness. Underpineed by the research-based Mind matters framework, our comprehensive Pastoral Care program focuses on promoting wellbeing, connectedness, resilience, and positive relationships.
The College’s well-developed structures and programs support student wellbeing. We’ve put significant resources in place to support the holistic development of students, including:
- Mentor teachers
- Year Leaders
- Middle School and Senior School Leaders of Student Care
- Leader of Learning Support
- Youth Minister
- College Counsellor
- Director of Students
- Director of Pastoral Care and Strategic Partnerships.
Mentor teachers deliver the Pastoral program and monitor each student’s progress and growth. Students have the same Mentor teacher throughout their time at the College, ensuring their teacher knows them extremely well.
With the help of their Mentor teacher, each student develops a Personalised Learning Plan that identifies their strengths and areas for development. Using St Leo’s purpose-built online Learning Den students identify future-focused goals, and reflect on and monitor their growth. The Learning Den lets students construct a digital portfolio to document their progress towards their learning goals. This portfolio gives students an innovative online resume that documents the skills they’ve developed while at St Leo’s.
The Learning Den is used in regular learning conversations between students, teachers and parents.
As well as our Pastoral program, we have a suite of preventative, interventional and restorative pastoral activities, including:
- Seasons for Growth Program
- Outdoor Recreation Program
- Senior Spiritual retreats
- Peer Support program
- Girls lunchtime motivational talks
- Lunchtime games club
- Peer Mentoring program
- Student-led initiatives such as RUOK Day, National Day Against Bullying and Violence, Mind Matters peer presentations and St Leo’s Day Fair
- Regular guest presenters for students and Parent Involvement Evenings around the topics of online safety and cyberbullying, healthy relationships, adolescent mental health and study habits
- Targeted programs that cater to the specific needs for each year group such as Men of Honour, Day of Hope, GPs in Schools, Brainstorm productions, Girls KYUP (self-defence), Seasons for Growth and the Outback Pilgrimage
- Close liaison with a network of external service providers when needed.