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Pastoral Care

At Mandurah Catholic College, Pastoral Care is based upon the Christian belief in the fundamental dignity and worth of each person. Care of the individual is at the centre of a Mandurah Catholic College education and it embodies a climate of people caring for and respecting one another and challenging one another to be the very best that one can be. At Mandurah Catholic College, emphasis is placed on the building of positive and respectful relationships between all members of the community, meeting the challenges of life by being compassionate and resilient and helping students to feel that they belong to the cohesive Mandurah Catholic College family.

We believe that building positive relationships is vitally important for both learning and wellbeing and that without wellbeing, learning cannot take place effectively. The College provides a safe learning environment where students and staff can flourish and develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically.
We aim to develop the whole person and Pastoral Care is embedded into every area of College life. High standards of behaviour and personal responsibility are promoted at all times as is respect for self, others, family, College community, College campus and the wider community.

Secondary School Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Focus

The Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care oversees the student welfare of all secondary students at Mandurah Catholic College and is responsible for ensuring that all students are cared for and assisted to overcome difficult and challenging times and events. Students are also supported by their Head of Year and by a team of specialist staff including but not limited to:
• Director of Ministry
• Heads of House
• College Mental Health Nurse
• Careers Counsellor

Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care – Mrs. Mary-Anne Reynolds

• Responsible for the overall pastoral care of students in the secondary school, for maintaining the behaviour management structure and for growing and developing student leadership across all year levels and in particular the College Prefect body.
• Needs to deal with any critical incidents pertaining to student well-being and will work with the student, parents, Head of Year, College Nurse and outside organisations when necessary.
• Works together with the Heads of Year to maintain uniform standards, to monitor absenteeism, to oversee standards of behaviour and to monitor each student’s pastoral welfare.
• Works with the Heads of House to promote enthusiasm, participation and involvement in House activities, which encourage feelings of belonging to a community and caring for others.

Heads of Year

• Responsible for the pastoral care of students in the particular year group.
• Primary role is to maintain uniform standards, monitor absenteeism, oversee standards of behaviour and the academic development of each student in conjunction with the Deputy of Pastoral Care and the Deputy of Teaching and Learning.
• Responsible for monitoring each child’s progress and tracking development.

Year 7 – Mr. Drew Walsh
Year 8 – Mr. Mathew Warren
Year 9 – Mrs. Lea Hunter
Year 10 – Mr. Matthew Edwards
Year 11 – Mrs. Michelle O’Neill
Year 12 – Mrs. Louise Merry

Director of Ministry – Mrs. Susan Bentley

• Contributes to the pastoral care of students by being another option for students to go for assistance, help or advice. There is a focus on building positive relationships with students through various activities in the College that allow students to feel safe in seeking assistance.
• Has the ability to counsel students as well as the knowledge of services offered within the College and the wider community for various youth services and programs.

Heads of House

• Responsible for developing a positive morale and House spirit amongst Homeroom Tutors and students in the House, and fostering and maintaining an atmosphere of genuine pastoral care of all the students in the House.

St Bernadette’s (Black) – Mrs. Justine Smith
St Joseph’s (White) – Miss Chloe Sullivan
St Mary’s (Blue) – Miss Regan Dyer
St Monica’s (Red) – Ms. Jess Eastwell
St Patrick’s (Green) – Mr. Matthew Hall
St Peter’s (Grey) – Mr. Kieran McCabe

College Nurse – Ms. Leslie Hills

• Works together with other members of the pastoral care team to maintain and support the Pastoral Care System of the College by enhancing the social, emotional, behavioural and mental health potential of all students.
• Has the ability to counsel students as well as the knowledge of services offered within the College and the wider community for various youth services and programs.
• Where appropriate and if required to do so by the Pastoral Care Team, the College nurse seeks the support of relevant outside agencies and refers students to them.

 

Junior School Pastoral Care

The Junior School promotes Kindness and Respect as the underlying values for the Holy Family Virtues program.

To complement this ongoing focus, students each term are also guided through the pillars of Peace and Hope, Learning, Faith or Love.  Through such guidance and learning, students discover and embed virtues such as tolerance, forgiveness, persistence, integrity, truth, honesty, service and compassion in their behaviour.

As part of our student recognition procedure, students are rewarded with “Hi5” cards when they demonstrate the Holy Family Virtues.