The Year 9 Pastoral Care Program focuses on helping the students develop the skills needed to develop both academically and socially. In Term 1, students focus on understanding themselves as a learner.
Activities focus on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and aim to help the students develop specific strategies and approaches to study that meet the needs to their unique learning style. The students also participate in activities in preparation for NAPLAN. These include: stress management and exam preparation.
Year 9 is the first year that students are issued with their netbooks. To support the students and encourage responsible netbook use, the children will participate in a Cyber-Bullying Program called ‘Project Rockit’. This program looks at the myths and assumptions surrounding cyber bullying, digital citizenship, communication, empathy and personal leadership.
Other focuses of our program include: developing positive relationships, peer pressure, conflict resolution and communication skills. Each of these topics are essential in helping the students to establish and maintain positive relationships with their peers, teachers and family and to provide them with strategies that help them resolve disagreements in a respectful, mature way.
The cohort will also participate in a retreat facilitated by ‘Real Talk’, focusing on making positive choices and personal development. Prior to the retreat, students will participate in preparatory activities in Religion classes. Year 9 girls also participate in a retreat run by ‘Enlighten Education.’ This retreat focuses on helping young women to develop positive self-image, self-esteem and understand the role the media has on shaping their values and perceptions.