Pathways Pastoral Care Program
Pathways is a pastoral care and values education program for all secondary students at our school. Every fortnight students attend a pathways session in the resource centre where teachers create a lesson around a specific concept or theme. These sessions may vary from modelling appropriate behaviours and responses, explicit teaching of school rules, guest speakers from the community and beyond and competitions. Following this, each year level has pastoral care, career development or life skills programs designed specifically for their age.
- Year 7 pastoral care (school processes, leadership skills, student wellbeing, attendance and links to learning and time management for assessment).
- Year 8 pastoral care (school rules, time management, working as a team and Crimson Feud).
- Year 9 pastoral care (resilience building, goal setting and organisational skills).
- Year 10 career development course (SET plans, senior subject research, career research and development).
- Year 11 and 12 life skills (career pathways and school and career advice).
The key principle of Pathways is to teach our students the concepts outlined in the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools. This framework highlights 9 key areas which are intentionally explored within our yearly pathways topics.
The 9 areas are as follows:
- Care and compassion - care for self and others.
- Doing your best - seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, and pursue excellence.
- Fair go - pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society.
- Freedom - enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others.
- Honesty and trustworthiness - be honest, sincere and seek the truth.
- Integrity - act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct, ensure consistency between words and deeds.
- Respect - treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person's point of view.
- Responsibility - be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, nonviolent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment.
- Understanding, tolerance and inclusion - be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.
Books in Homes partnership
A Glencore Ernest Henry Mine partnership
Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to re-awaken a sense of wonder and excitement in children and their parents, by creating an Australia where every child and family has access to books-of-choice at home. Thanks to the invaluable partnership between Books in Homes Australia and Glencore, students from Prep to Year 8 have the opportunity to receive three free books, three times a year. Students love browsing the brochure and picking which books they would like to receive. At the end of the school term, representatives from Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mine are welcomed into the classroom and hand the books to the students in their very own bag. This initiative reflects our school’s reading program ‘Read to Learn, Learn to Read’.
A house without books is like a room without windows. —Heinrich Mann
So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky. —William James
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. —Jacqueline Kennedy