Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
St Leo’s is proud of our strong 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 and contributes to our ongoing reputation as a caring, inclusive community.
We ensure balanced and diverse growth through a College-wide focus on what we call our ‘St Leo’s Growth Domains’ – the Spiritual, Academic, Cultural, Social/Emotional, Environmental and Physical development areas of all our students.
Mentor teachers work with each student to develop a Personalised Learning Plan and Digital Portfolio using our custom online ‘Learning Den’, enabling students to take charge of their own learning, set goals and reflect on their growth.
Our pastoral programs include retreats, outdoor programs and peer support, as well as a comprehensive mentoring program.
Our Pathways and Partnerships Program assists students and their families transition beyond school to the 21st century workforce through partnerships with industry and higher education, while informing new educational offerings and approaches at St Leo’s.
Our St Leo’s Deep Learning Skills, or 6C’s
The holistic development of our students flows through from our focus on the St Leo’s Growth Domains as part of all teaching and learning at the College, to our the Deep Learning Skills. We ensure that all academic and other programs at the College also focus on developing these essential 21st century work and life skills in our students:
- Critical thinking
- Character, and
- Christian citizenship.
Wellbeing Structures and Programs
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. (Read more about the Learning Den platform on our Learning Technologies page.)
- 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 Pathways Specialist range a wide range of programs and assists students and families to successfully transition from school to the world beyond (see the Pathways and Careers page)
- 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 initiatives include:
- Seasons for Growth Program
- Outdoor Recreation Program
- Duke of Edinburgh 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.