At St Margaret Mary’s College, we pride ourselves on providing our students with a safe and welcoming learning environment, which allows all students to reach their true potential.
Students are encouraged to respect and accept the gifts we all bring to the community. The Gospel values of respect, honesty and justice permeate every aspect of College life.
We have developed an exceptional pastoral care structure and we are genuinely committed to providing a caring and supportive environment for our students and their families.
Pastoral Care is based on a year level basis, with students grouped in homerooms and pastorally coordinated by a Pastoral Leader. At least twice a day students meet with their Homeroom teachers who work closely with Pastoral Leaders to provide active support. Homeroom teachers provide that initial point of contact as they are responsible for the general care of the students in their Homeroom group.
Year Level Pastoral Leaders are gifted with overall pastoral care of the students in their particular year level, assisting and monitoring students when necessary. They demonstrate great commitment to ensuring that all students develop socially and academically.
At the head of this Pastoral Care structure is the Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, who is committed to developing and maintaining the best possible environment for students in the College. This role ensures that the well-being of all students is attended to and that College expectations and responsibilities for both students and staff and clear, transparent and fairly negotiated.
Pastoral Care is supported through the Positive Education Philosophy where students engagement in learning and community life is enhanced through explicit integration of the six domains of Positive Psychology. This approach to identifying character strengths is explored through the Health Education program which is core curriculum for Years 7 -10. This program focuses on student well-being.
In an extra-curricular domain many students are involved in sports and activities, many of which are offered in lunchtimes and after school. These include community service and social justice action groups such as St Vincent de Paul Society (Teen Vinnies) and YCS (Young Christian Students) groups. Craft groups and Photography Club along with dance and acrobatics groups also meet weekly. This involvement in the life of the College is a proactive approach to positive education ensuring student well-being.
The Pastoral Care system is supported by the work of a College Counsellor who is accessible to all members of the community in a confidential manner. We encourage open communication and acknowledge that the development of a person holistically requires a close working harmony between the College and the home.