Pastoral Care

We support one another in providing a safe and secure environment where each person is valued as a precious gift from God. We cultivate positive relationships between the members of our school community and value honest and constructive communication that promotes the development of these relationships.

College Care Program

Each class from Kindergarten to Year 7 has one or two parents, who have volunteered to act as ‘Class Carers’, who work with the College Chaplain to coordinate the College Care Program. The Care Program aims to foster relationship building with all families and to support special occasions and families who are experiencing difficulties.

Chapel Services

The weekly chapel services at Living Waters are intended to convey God’s love, forgiveness and guidance to students, staff and families in meaningful and appropriate ways, thereby giving all members of the College community the opportunity to connect with and deepen their relationship with God. Although attendance at chapel is compulsory for all students of the College, worship (responding in faith, praise and service to God) is voluntary.

Most chapels are led by the College Chaplain, with the support of students and teachers, who assist in various ways:

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  • Singing and providing musical accompaniment;
  • Reading from the Bible;
  • Praying for particular needs or suggesting topics;
  • Involvement in plays, skits and other activities intended to communicate the message of the day;
  • Collecting the offering;

Parents and families are most welcome at all chapel services. Chapels provide regular opportunities for everyone involved with our College to participate in community and exercise togetherness.

Chapels usually consist of:

  • Music and singing as people enter
  • Welcome, announcement of the day’s theme and opening prayer
  • Bible reading
  • Songs
  • Message
  • Prayers
  • Blessing
  • Offering

 

Student and Family Counsellor

In keeping with the strong emphasis on promoting students' intellectual, social and emotional well-being, the College enjoys the services of a social worker. Our social worker is employed in the role of Student and Family Counsellor and serves to assist with promoting the mental health and well- being of our students. This often requires working with parents as well as community service providers. The Counsellor also works closely with staff in the Learning Enrichment Centre as well as the College Chaplain, nursing staff and Year level co-ordinators.



Pastoral Care Classes and Lessons in Middle School

Pastoral Care classes are an integral part of the overall approach to student well-being and management in our Middle School. The structure of each Pastoral Care class depends on the needs of the students within that class.

Pastoral Care lessons assist students in adjusting to Middle School and secondary school promoting social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and well being through distinctive programmes and activities in a safe and supportive school environment. Lessons are taught over four years and gradually introduce and build on themes and skills.

The Pastoral Care teacher is the first contact person for parents wishing to discuss academic and social progress of their child.

Objectives of Pastoral Care Lessons include:

  • Providing opportunities for students to develop a positive and trusting relationship with their class teachers
  • Giving opportunity for students as a group and individually, to discuss issues of concern and interest with their teacher
  • Allowing class teachers a chance to really get to know and understand each student, so they may:
    • be aware of and follow up on difficulties individual students are facing
    • represent the class or individual students in issues outside the classroom
    • become aware of each student’s ability to do homework
    • communicate effectively with parents through the student diary

The Focus of Pastoral Care lessons include:

  • Goal setting and study skills
  • Social skills and relationships
  • Brain theory - learning styles
  • Tools of thinking, learning, evaluation and assessment
  • Inquiry process
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • Self-esteem building
  • Persistence
  • Student well-being (physical, spiritual and emotional)