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Pastoral Care - Senior Campus

Garnsey Campus is the Gippsland Grammar Senior School. It is a spacious campus characterised by a calm and relaxed atmosphere. This environment supports our friendly and inclusive community.

We are an Anglican School with strong values which reflect the Christian mission of the church   While pastoral care is an effective vehicle by which we can communicate our values, culture and traditions, effective pastoral care enables Gippsland Grammar to provide a sensitive, warm, thorough and realistic learning environment.  This environment offers guidance, advice, a framework for growth, and enhances the formation of positive relationships between members of our community.  This creates feelings of belonging to the school community as a whole and this is an important protective factor for adolescents.

The reality is that pastoral care and academic progress are inextricably linked in a construct we call Academic Care. Academic Care means to assist adolescents to develop positive self-esteem and feelings of well-being through the School’s academic and organisational structures, and through teachers’ relationships with students. It is the process of enhancing student learning and well being through attention to developmental, situational and organisational mechanisms in and beyond the classroom.

One such mechanism is Gippsland Grammar’s broad co-curricular program which provides an opportunity for each student to find a passion and interest where they can mix with students from across Years 7-12, and feel great satisfaction and pride in their contribution to the school. We value each student for who they are and encourage them to make the best of their abilities and gifts within this program.

 Pastoral Care Structures

Pastoral care refers to the expression of care and concern for students. The structural basis of the pastoral care system is the Mentor Group. Each year level has between four and six Mentor Groups. In Years 7-9, they are also the same cohort as the Academic group. In Years 10-12, Mentor Groups consist of 16-20 students. Each group is assigned a Mentor , who is a trusted and experienced guide throughout the year. Each year level also has one Head of Year who oversees the pastoral and academic development of students in that year level.

 Restorative Practices reflected in our Student Behaviour Management

Student Behaviour Management is the process whereby student and staff relationships are structured to maximise the educational, social and emotional well-being of students, to attain the most effective and efficient use of human and material resources, and to facilitate the learning opportunities and satisfaction of all members of the School. We believe that Gippsland Grammar should be a calm and safe place where students can participate in learning and school activities to achieve to the best of their ability. Our Student Behaviour Management policy aims to:

  • promote positive behaviour, mutual respect and co-operation through pastoral and academic care initiatives
  • establish well understood, positive and logical consequences for student behaviour which seek to restore relationships between people when these have been damaged by inappropriate behaviour, using the principles of restorative justice.

The aspect of the School of which I am most proud is the students. They are friendly, have excellent social skills and are inclusive and tolerant. In a School of over six hundred students there is little conflict and the respect students show to each other, staff and others is heart warming. We believe that happy and healthy students are better learners and will grow into happy, healthy adults who make a positive contribution to their communities.

 

Ms J L Henry
Head of School

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