Holy Trinity Lutheran College is committed to enhancing and strengthening the social, emotional and spiritual development of all students. We recognise that wellbeing is fundamental to learning, and is integral in every aspect of school culture. We seek to ensure students are actively engaged with learning and develop positive and respectful relationships and connections within the school and community. A Christ-centred approach underpins the foundational values which the Pastoral Care program is based on.
Holy Trinity Lutheran College seeks to listen to and empower its students. The safety and wellbeing of all students is the primary focus of our care and decision making. We are committed to providing a child-safe environment where children and young people are protected and feel safe.
At Holy Trinity, the pastoral care of students takes place within the context of relationships. Teachers work hard to develop strong relationships with students, both in the classroom and during extra-curricular activities, such as camps, excursions and small group meetings.
Each day, a half hour of Pastoral Care time with students of the same year level allows time for discussions and activities relevant to the development of the cohort. This time is allocated as follows:
- class devotion
- whole school chapel
- House meetings.
Staff meet regularly with individual students to discuss both personal and academic needs and address any concerns that may arise. A positive and cohesive environment is fostered and activities focus around the development and maintenance of positive relationships and wellbeing.
Senior School students participate in a leadership seminar which establishes the foundation for the Pastoral Care program. Students explore a range of leadership styles and identify aspects of authentic leadership, establishing a framework for their future leadership roles.
The School Counsellor
The School Counsellor is an integral member of the Pastoral Care team and meets regularly with the Head of Senior School and the Principal to discuss concerns regarding students and monitor their health and wellbeing.
The school counselling service assists in supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. The school counsellor may offer support in the following areas:
- Consult with parents and staff with regard to providing support for a student’s social and/or emotional needs.
- Work with teaching staff to complement existing programs and integrate new programs to address student wellbeing needs.
- Assist with individual education planning as needed.
- Refer to community agencies where appropriate.
- Provide direct counselling to students on an as-needed basis.
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The School Pastor
The School Pastor provides another level of support and guidance to all students. He is available to assist individual students who seek support in relation to Pastoral Care issues or respond to referrals by class teachers or the School Counsellor. The School Pastor also has a particular responsibility for the spiritual life of the school community.