Pastoral Care

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Pastoral Care in Practice

  • Pastoral Care refers to the total expression of community care for one another.
  • Our school community seeks to provide a holistic understanding of the growth of the human person and is committed to the values of learning, community, openness, caritas, and responsibility.
  • Pastoral Care aims to provide effective networks of care: everyone in the school community has the right to be safe in the school environment and has the responsibility to be involved in Pastoral Care.
  • Pastoral Care involves a partnership with parents and fosters trust and communication between home and school. It provides a forum of parental input into many aspects of College life and provides opportunities for parental involvement.
  • Pastoral Care aims to develop self-discipline and individual responsibility.

College expectations are framed to encourage respect, support learning and highlight that an individual's responsibility to a community comes at the expense of individual freedoms. It is difficult to pre-empt every situation, so we encourage the following practice:

  • The behaviour and dress of students at school needs to be appropriate for a school environment.
  • The College reserves the right to make judgments in relation to this.
  • If you are unsure of the appropriateness or otherwise of a change to hairstyle, clothing or the like, contact the College before making a financial commitment
  • Students bring valuables to school at their own risk.

Pastoral Care Team
- Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care: Kim Walters
- House Heads: Gerry Peters (Dillon), Adam Aherne (Griffin), Ross Hubble (Lyons), Jo Hoare (MacKillop), Hector Lencton (Pastoral Care Leader)
- Social Workers: Lynda Beaven, Donna Jordan

From 2012 the College has formally adopted a Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) process to nurture a happy community where each person is valued and encouraged to do their best.

Learning Support

What is the Learning Support Team?
The Learning Support Team (LST) aims to support all students in reaching their full potential. This includes students who have barriers to their learning and those who are Gifted and Talented. A key feature of the Learning Support Team is the facilitation of collaborative planning between teachers, support staff, parents and students. This service is delivered in a range of ways from 1:1 tuition, small group work, and can include participation in Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up or extension programs.

School Based Programs

  • Resilience and Groupwork Skills (all)
  • DRUMBEAT (Holyoake) program Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.

Students learn basic techniques for the Djembe Drum while developing interpersonal skills and building relationships.

Gifted and Talented

  • Future Problem Solving Pprogram (
  • A range of extension activities to suit the needs and interests of the child

Learning Support Team

  • Learning Support Coordinator: Rosalie McDonald
  • Educational Psychologist: Dana Sallese M.A.P.S. (Consults weekly) l Other External Consultants (Coopted as required)
  • College Social Workers: Lynda Beaven - Senior Social Worker l Donna Jordan - Social Worker l Kiona Fitzpatrick - School Nurse
  • Teacher Aides: Cheryl Sheehan l Nick Sallese l Lisa Robertson l Karen Beattie
  • Teachers: Nona Roberts - Key Learning Skills Program l Bridget Leary - Gifted & Talented Coordinator
  • Aboriginal Support: Margaret Shearer
  • Deputy Principal of Learning and Teaching: Gavin Hicks

College Counselling Service
As part of the Pastoral Care Team counsellors work with students, families, staff and the broader community to provide a professional holistic counselling and support service.
Services include:

  • Individual and family counselling
  • Community and medical referrals to various agencies to assist and support the student
  • Community education and proactive intervention
  • Emotional and psycho/social assessment
  • College liaison, support and provisional advice
  • Case Management
  • Group work
  • Mediation
  • Transition support
  • Home/hospital visits

What SBSC can offer you!

  • Evaluation of students
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs for students with learning difficulties
  • Assist teachers in supporting students with a diverse range of learning needs
  • Assist with referrals to outside agencies
  • Liaise with teachers to monitor student progress
  • Assist in transition to the workplace
  • Explore assistive technology options that would be suitable for individual student needs

Contact Details
For more information or referral to a member of the LST, please contact:
Rosalie McDonald
Learning Support Coordinator
03 6424 7622

Click here to download the Learning Support Flyer as a PDF

Social Worker

The College employs two professional Social Workers, Lynda Beaven (Senior Social Worker) and Donna Jordan (Social Worker). They work as part of the Pastoral Care Team with students, families, staff and the broader community to provide a professional holistic counselling and support service.

Some issues that social workers respond to:

  • Bullying
  • Mental Health-including depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Self-esteem and confidence building
  • Critical incidents or crisis
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family issues
  • Non-attendance
  • Personal safety - including child protection matters
  • Relationships
  • Conflict and mediation
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Parenting
  • Homelessness

Services include:

  • Individual and family counselling
  • Group work
  • Home/College liaison for students, parents and staff
  • Mediation between home, school and/or other agencies
  • Community and medical referrals to various agencies to assist and support the student
  • Community education
  • Case Management
  • Transition support

Confidentiality and Privacy
Social Workers work within various legislations including:

  • The Education Act 1994
  • The Children, Young Persons and Their families Act 1997
  • The Youth Justice Act 1997
  • The Personal Information and Protection Act 2004
  • Family Violence Act 2004

Most things are confidential except for serious safety and crime issues.

Lynda Beaven
Senior Social Worker