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Pastoral Care and Leadership

Pastoral Care and Leadership

The relationships developed by students with their teachers and each other is the backbone of our pastoral care program.
We believe that students are best placed to succeed in a supportive and inclusive environment in which consistent values and expectations are reinforced.
This constructive and disciplined approach is an expression of the responsibility of the whole school community to ensure that student growth and learning are positive and safe.

Pastoral Care

Our Catholic ethos is expressed in a safe and secure environment based on the values of dignity, respect, justice and forgiveness.

Pastoral Care at the College is our expression of faith in action, demonstrated by individual care and concern. This program is a commitment to and a structure for building community between staff, students, parents and teachers through the establishment of right relationships.

Through a conscious focus on each individual, our pastoral care seeks to affirm personal dignity and worth, build appreciation and value of self, resilience and develop interpersonal relationship skills.

Counselling Services

Emmanuel College has a large team of psychologists, counsellors, and youth workers available to students on-site. The team provides support for a range of issues including academic, social, emotional, health and family-based issues.
Short and medium-term counselling may be offered during the student's enrolment depending on the nature of the issue. The length and type of counselling offered to a student will be based upon the counsellor's discretion, case load, and overall demands on the counselling team.

Students can be referred to the school counselling team by contacting their child's House Leader.

Note: Counsellors are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4.00pm during the school term.

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Student Leadership

Student leadership at the College plays an important part in ensuring students have a voice. The Student Leadership Group (SLG) comprises student representatives from every year level and House.

Regular SLG meetings are conducted by the Year 12 House captains, who set the agendas, chair the meetings and prepare the minutes. The student leaders are assigned to academic, relationships or environment portfolios. The SLG provides valuable feedback to the College Leadership Team.

The College Captains and House Captains work to foster a strong culture and sense of community and belonging. They inspire other to lead, to be the best that they can and to pursue personal best.

One House Captain from each campus is a member of the College Board, ensuring that the student voice is heard in Board discussions and that feedback is gained from a student perspective. Senior students are also appointed to leadership in the areas of Liturgy, Arts, Social Justice, Academics and Sport.

The Resilience Project

Emmanuel College utilises The Resilience Project as a proactive wellbeing program. The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to our students, using practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

The key pillars for enhancing Resilience are the ongoing practice of mindfulness, empathy and gratitude. Year 7 students enjoy a presentation from a Resilience Project facilitator and complete a series of workshops throughout the year in their Life to the Full classes. Our Year 8 and 9 students complete more advanced modules as part of their Healthy Living Program.

In our mission we endeavour to develop the whole person, hence our strong desire to foster positive mental health in our students.

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