Pastoral Care Programme
In keeping with our Christian foundation as an Anglican School looking after our people is central to our whole being.
Our weekly Chapel service provides an opportunity to give our students the spiritual nourishment they need and guides them in a process of enquiry into wider spiritual and religious issues. Weekly assemblies also deliver homilies which relate to the School’s philosophy of Pastoral Care which uses the FishTM approach.
Given our Anglican tradition it is no surprise that caring for our people is a fundamental part of what we believe should be part of a good education. The second great commandment of ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ underpins our approach which is rooted in the well-tried House System.
Every student is allocated to one of three houses – Goldsworthy, Jackman and Wood – which is the essential organisational unit for the School community. Each House has a member of staff as leader and opportunities are provided for students to become student leaders within the House. They help with peer mentoring, the organisation of inter-House activities and competitions and House meetings and chapel services.
Within each House a student will be allocated to a tutor group with a teacher in-charge as a tutor. This group meets every morning for registration and the dissemination of information; on three mornings each week there is also a 30-minute session where the group will work through pastoral issues in our tutorial programme. Tutors also have the opportunity of conducting a one-to-one discussion with their tutees on a regular basis.
The FishTM’ philosophy helps provide a very practical framework on which we can build the Pastoral Care Programme. At Esperance Anglican Community School we draw inspiration from the sign used by early Christians: the fish. We discovered that the FishTM philosophy brings together Christ’s commandment – we should love our neighbour as ourselves – with a set of simple ideas to help develop and maintain positive relationships. These interconnected ideas are:
- Choose Your Attitude
- Be There
- Make Their Day
The diagram shows how this can be translated into effective pastoral care.
The system was enhanced further in 2015 as we refined our Middle School structure to care for the specific needs of students in Years 7 and 8, and incorporated boarding into our provision.
All staff have been trained in mental-health and physical first aid giving them the necessary skills and confidence to deal with the issues that arise in the normal routine of life in any school. We also have a School Counsellor, who is available to students (and families where necessary), on a weekly basis.