Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at Emmanuel
Pastoral Care at Emmanuel Catholic College is a whole school approach and focuses on the social, academic, and spiritual development of the whole person to ensure that they can become the best version of themselves. Based on CEWA’s Strategic Wellbeing Framework, Pastoral Care is about fostering relationships and support structures for all students so that they feel safe and supported. All students from Years 7-12 are in a Pastoral Care group and connect with their Pastoral Care teacher every morning. They are in the same Pastoral Care group from Year 7 through to Year 12 and are overseen by the respective Head of Year who follows the students through their journey at Emmanuel.
Once a week there is an extended Pastoral Care period, where a range of pastoral and wellbeing programs are run by the Heads of Year, Head of Wellbeing, and external guest speakers. The aim of the program is to upskill students with meaningful learning experiences and provide them with relevant support across a variety of topical areas from building resilience and gratitude, social and emotional intelligence, Keeping Safe Curriculum, study skills, drug and alcohol awareness, cyber safety and finding their own purpose to take charge of their own future.
Each year level has a focus that further directs the Pastoral Care program. Year 7 – Transition, Year 8 – Thrive, Year 9 – ALLIES, Year 10 – Compass, Year 11 – Connecting, Year 12 – Horizons
Pastoral Care and Wellbeing work hand in hand to ensure that students are happy and healthy and can thrive in all areas of their lives. Pastoral Care caters for the day-to-day care of our students, whereas Wellbeing focuses on long term strategies to cater for the social and emotional health of all students.
Student wellbeing and strengthening community wellbeing is a priority at Emmanuel Catholic College. Our focus is to support every young person to flourish, achieve and feel safe within the College environment and to upskill parents and caregivers in the home environment. We believe this can only occur when a young person’s social-emotional, and physical development is considered in addition to their learning and academic needs.
It is important for all students to have someone to connect with. Our teachers all come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, just as our students do, which allows connection to take place within our community.
The College has qualified Counsellors on staff who actively facilitate and promote the mental health and wellbeing of our students. Our Counsellors work very closely with the Heads of Year, Head of Wellbeing, Learning Excellence Team, and other members of staff as required. Our Counsellors adhere to guidelines and counselling protocols under the guidance of the College Principal, Deputy of Pastoral Care, and where appropriate, external support agencies. Parents may seek a referral for their child through the relevant Head of Year.