Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
We are proud of our reputation for the highest quality pastoral care. We recognise each student and encourage them to find their personal greatness. Our comprehensive Pastoral Care Program focuses on promoting wellbeing, connectedness, resilience and positive relationships.
The College’s well-developed structures and programs support student wellbeing. We’ve put significant resources in place to support the holistic development of students. Mentor teachers work with each student to develop a Personalised Learning Plan and digital portfolio using our custom online Learning Den, setting goals and helping them reflect on their growth. Our extensive pastoral program includes motivational speakers, retreats, outdoor recreation programs, peer support, student-led initiatives as well as our comprehensive mentoring program. The St Leo’s community also has access to clear, fact-based information and multi-media based resources on a range of relevant topics through SchoolTV, an online wellbeing resource and educational platform.
As well as a range of careers counselling and advice services available to students, a new Pathway Specialist role has been introduced to assist students and families successfully transition from school to the world beyond. Students are encouraged to show initiative and leadership in everything they do, and recognised through a progressive Merit Award system and formal leadership opportunities.
Other pastoral programs include:
- Seasons for Growth Program
- Outdoor Recreation Program
- Senior Spiritual retreats
- Peer Support program
- Girls lunchtime motivational talks
- Lunchtime games club
- Peer Mentoring program
- Student-led initiatives such as RUOK Day, National Day Against Bullying and Violence, Mind Matters peer presentations and St Leo’s Day Fair.
- Regular guest presenters for students presented in ‘The Panel’ and Parent Involvement Evenings around the topics of online safety and cyberbullying, healthy relationships, adolescent mental health and study habits.
- Targeted programs that cater to the specific needs for each year group such as Men of Honour, Day of Hope, GPs in Schools, Brainstorm productions, Girls KYUP (self-defence), Seasons for Growth and the
- Outback Pilgrimage
- Close liaison with a network of external service providers when needed
Our House System
Each student is allocated to one of the eight College houses. These houses: Aquinas, Bakhita, Chanel, Loyola, McAuley, MacKillop, Theresa, and Xavier, have been named in honour of Saints and venerable women and men who have transformed the world through faith-filled action.
Students will be involved in a range of house activities throughout their time at the College. Each house is led by a House Ambassador, whose mission is to assist the students in the house to grow in each of the six growth domains while providing pastoral care and encouraging house spirit.
The St Leo’s house colours are: