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Year Level Programs for Well-Being

Our Pastoral Care programs are catered to suit the needs of each age group and are implicit as part of everyday life at the College. Each program for wellbeing also includes the principles of Positive Education embedded in our Flourish program. Flourish is a whole school community initiative, linked to evidence based outcomes and benefits of Positive Psychology, that promotes the ingredients of positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose, accomplishment and health.

The programs for wellbeing are delivered by the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care, the Heads of Year, health teachers, expert personnel and external speakers or groups. Students are given information that assists them to better manage emotions and to develop healthy thinking styles, manage and cope with everyday opportunities and challenges, foster healthy and positive relationships, build on character strengths and develop a positive self-identity. Flourish is delivered weekly by every teacher in the Secondary school.

There are staged events in student growth at each Year level, which indicate a part of the Mandurah Catholic College Journey that has been completed.

 

 

Year 7
The theme for the Year 7 Pastoral Care program is ‘Belong and Contribute’.For wellbeing and success, students need to have a sense of belonging and connectedness. They need to learn to trust and feel included and valuable to the community. Students are guided to become a valuable member of the Mandurah Catholic College community and learn to belong and contribute positively by:
Yr 7 Camp 2
1. Displaying caring behaviour to others
2. Being responsible for their own actions
3. Displaying inclusive behaviour to their peers
4. Displaying respect to all members of the College community
5. Caring for the environment and the campus
6. Participating in leadership activities
7. Completing the Year 7 Christian Service component which is focused on service in the home

Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the Peer Support program with Year 11 students which promotes belonging. Year 7 Students are able to listen to a range of different speakers present on topics such as Cybersafety, safe and respectful use of social media, bullying, leadership training and resilience. Staged events in student growth:

• Year 7 Transition Camp
• Year 7 Family Mass

Year 8
The theme for the Year 8 Pastoral Care program is ‘Step Up and Commit.’ As the students are no longer the youngest in the College, it is hoped that they will now take a greater sense of responsibility in all areas of College life. Year 8 students need to improve and work on the foundations laid in earlier years. They need to rise to the challenge of being the best that they can be. Serving others and taking part in College activities results it positive feelings. Students are encouraged to engage in a wide-range of experiences that enable them to do the following to learn to step up: Yr 8 Mother's Day
1. Be responsible for their own actions
2. Be responsible for their own learning
3. Behave in a mature, compassionate and caring manner
4. Take initiative to become more involved in all areas of College life
5. Care for the environment and the campus
6. Participate in leadership activities
7. Complete the Year 8 Christian Service component which is focused on service in the home

The Year 8 students are exposed to a wide variety of learning tools to prepare them for the challenges they may face in life. Guest speakers present to the group on a variety of relevant topics including cybersafety, safe and respectful use of social media, bullying, leadership training and resilience. Staged events in student growth:

• Year 8 Mothers Day Liturgy and Morning Tea
• Year 8 Retreat

Year 9
The theme for the Year 9 Pastoral Care program is ‘Discover and Explore.’
Students are encouraged to discover new ways to live out the values from the College Charism and to develop into responsible and respectful young adults. They are expected to: YR 9 Fathers Day
1. Behave in a positive manner.
2. Learning to embrace changes but make good choices.
3. Working on the ability to ‘bounce back’ or be resilient
4. Take initiative to become more involved in new activities
5. Care for the environment and the campus
6. Participate in leadership activities
7. Complete the Year 9 Christian Service component which is focused on service at the College and Parish. Year 9 Students are able to listen to a range of different speakers present on topics such as Cybersafety, safe and respectful use of social media, bullying, respecting oneself, leadership training and resilience. Staged events in student growth:
• Year 9 Fathers Day Liturgy and Breakfast
• Year 9 Retreat

Year 10
The focus for Year 10 students is ‘Own and Respect’ where students are encouraged to make informed decisions that reflect a healthy and positive attitude and to be responsible for the decisions made or “own” the decisions and choices made. The students are expected to: Yr 10 Father & Daughter Dinner
1. Own their decisions
2. Make good choices which respect themselves and others
3. Own their values
4. Take responsibility for their relationships
5. Respect and own the environment of the College
6. Participate in leadership activities
7. Complete the Year 10 Christian Service component which is focused on service in the wider community. Year 10 Students are able to listen to a range of different speakers present on topics such as Cybersafety, safe and respectful use of social media, respecting oneself, leadership training, relationship issues, road safety and resilience.
Staged events in student growth:
• Year 10 Fathers and Daughters Dinner
• Year 10 Retreat
• Year 10 Dance
• Year 10 Service Day

Year 11
For students in Year 11, whilst Academic study is the focus, they are given many opportunities to develop their talents in unity and to respect one another’s differences. Guest speakers are invited and specialist programs such as Elevate Study Skills are used to ensure that students embrace the theme of ‘Responsibility and Relationship’. Students are motivated by staff to:Yr 11 Leadership

1. Be responsible for their health and body
2. Be responsible for their education
3. Be responsible for relationships with family and friends
4. Be responsible for the College environment
5. Plan responsibly for the future
6. Participate in leadership activities such as Peer Support and Leadership Seminars
7. Complete the Year 11 Christian Service component which is focused on service in the wider community. Year 11 Students are able to listen to a range of different speakers present on topics such as safe and respectful use of social media, alcohol and substance abuse, grooming and etiquette, study skills, leadership training, persistence and goal setting.Staged events in student growth:
• Year 11 Mothers and Sons Dinner
• Year 11 Retreat
• Year 11 Student Leadership Camp
• Year 11 Dinner Dance

Year 12
The theme for Year 12 is ‘Values and Strengths for Life’ where students are motivated to make the most of their final year at the College and embrace the values taught over previous years so that they can enter the real world as mature, responsible, caring individuals who are able to contribute positively to the wider community. Even though there is an academic focus to strive for personal success in whatever pathway that has been chosen, students are encouraged to create a healthy work-life balance between their studies, co-curricular commitments and relationships. Students are encouraged to:Yr 12 Graduation
1. Focus on their role as leaders at the College
2. Focus on service to others
3. Do their best so that they have the best opportunities in the future
4. Make good choices
5. Foster their social conscience and faith
6. Complete the Year 12 Christian Service component which is focused on service in the wider community
Year 12 Students are able to listen to a range of different speakers present on topics such as safe and respectful use of social media, alcohol and substance abuse, study skills, resilience, leadership training and goal setting. Staged events in student growth:

• Year 12 Ball
• Year 12 Graduation