Pastoral Care (PC) brings together all aspects of College life – academic, social, physical and spiritual. At its centre are quality relationships built on respect and care. Programs are in place to assist each student to develop into the best person they can possibly be. An underlying principle of Pastoral Care is that each student is an individual with particular needs, 11and it is the day-to-day care of each student and their needs, which is of paramount importance.
As well as the day-to-day care of students, PC Programs age appropriately address aspects of personal and social development, career education, health and wellbeing, financial literacy, study skills, cyber safety, personal organisation and time management.
Each student within St Benedict's College is a member of a PC Group and will have a PC Teacher. PC Teachers will come to know students in their PC Group well so that they can be given the best care and support possible. The PC Teacher is the College's first port of call for students and parents/guardians. All stages of schooling can present challenges and a PC group can offer support and encouragement during the difficult times and as well as celebrate the good times of life.
The effect of life's stressors on the personal, social and academic development of students is widely acknowledged. Schools exercise a central role in supporting and assisting student development by providing a guidance and counselling service. The College Guidance Counsellors work in partnership with the College community to promote and foster student development, mental health and resilience.
The Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students, parents/guardians and staff to talk about concerns. This is a confidential service. An appointment can be made either by contacting the Counsellor directly or leaving a message with the office staff.
The community of St Benedict's College strives to provide a just and positive environment for the development of the student within the College and wider community. We encourage responsibility for personal decision-making and actions with respect for the rights and welfare of all. Our aim is to develop a sense of pride in oneself and the College community, striving for spiritual, intellectual, physical and cultural excellence.
Camps and retreats are an important and compulsory part of the College curriculum. Students in each year level participate in a retreat day, reflection day or pastoral day each year.