A strong emphasis is placed on pastoral care at Heathdale, as we understand that students go through difficult times in their schooling life. For this reason we employee two Pastoral Carers.
The role of pastoral care is broad and aims to provide loving support by coming alongside students on their school journey. As with the rest of the college our Pastoral Carers strive to glorify God through the care of students and their families.
Our Pastoral Carers aim to be:
- Present. Our Pastoral Carers are part of the Heathdale staff, all of whom are committed to the care and growth of our students. They participate in devotions, assemblies, excursions and at times the school’s camping and sports programs. This helps us build a connectedness with the students so that they are easily approachable.
- Proactive. Pastoral carers discover students are in need of extra support by many different means. For example a teacher may highlight it to them, parents can contact them, they may note a need in their interactions with students or older students may refer themselves. In all instances our pastoral carers are proactive, in that as soon as a need is made known they will respond and lend support by getting involved.
- Preventative. Our Pastoral Carers run specific topic Parent Seminars and also lead small groups of identified students to build resilience for the future.
- Practical. Sometimes in a family’s circumstances due to various life events, things at school need to be modified for a time. At other times practical changes need to be put in place. Our Pastoral Carers help with the details and explorations of these changes.
- Partners. Our Pastoral Carers aim to work in partnership with parents, staff and God in the care and growth of each student. This privilege is not taken lightly. Their aim is to involve and communicate with families effectively to ensure that they are all working together to achieve the best outcomes for each student.