The phrase ‘pastoral care’ is a Biblical allusion. It links to the many agricultural references Jesus made about shepherds caring for their flocks. He used this analogy to remind us of our calling to care for one another as a shepherd tends to his flock. In a 21st century context, pastoral care links to three broad areas of development for our students – personal growth, academic growth and social growth. These three areas link beautifully to the College’s Values – Character, Learning and Compassion.
Quality pastoral care focuses on the growth of the whole person and engages all members of the school community. It does not exist in isolation, but rather, is integrated in the teaching and learning programmes, pastoral care periods, House structure, co-curricular offerings and liturgical celebrations on offer at Chisholm Catholic College. One such example is the Into Adulthood initiative, with which the Year 9s are currently involved. You can read more about the workshops later in the Carolean. At the heart of all of these activities is connection. Connection to school, connection to others and connection to community.
It is my privilege to lead the Pastoral Council, which is comprised of the Heads of Year, the Learning Support Coordinator, the College Counselling Team and the Executive Leadership Team. Together we strive for excellence. Our wish is for our students to Grow in Christ, to be the best versions of themselves, to be role models for each other, to love and serve one another, to make good choices, to show a strong sense of character, to value their learning and to be compassionate towards others in their daily lives.
“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly … because you are eager to serve God… lead them by your own good example.” (1 Peter 5:2-3)
Mrs Fiona Flower
Vice Principal – Pastoral Care
Reminder – Student Set Down and Pick Up
Parents and students are reminded that respect and courtesy for our neighbours should be a priority along with safety, in the mornings and afternoons with student transport. Please do not park in resident driveways. For students who sometimes get picked up along May Street, please do not sit on residents’ garden walls or interfere with our surrounding neighbours’ properties. Thank you for your support in respecting our neighbourhood.
Mr John Bormolini