Spcc Port Stephens 0806

For the Whole of Their Life.

Pastoral Care

Survey results have shown us that students have found our school to be very safe. This is wonderful feedback, as it enables our students to be themselves without fear of ridicule, harassment and bullying. The students appreciate our firm stance on student behaviour and our high expectations in and outside the classroom.

One of the greatest strengths at our College is the Christian culture and the nurturing environment that continues to develop amongst the students, staff and school community. “Connections” are important to us, connecting with people and building caring relationships that are Godly and actually make each individual feel like they are cared for and catered for. Our staff are committed Christians who attend local churches where possible and further nurturing and pastoral care is given. Our connection through the local church has allowed students to find a spiritual home and care outside of the College as well as inside. The local church is seen as the main medium where long term support and personal Christian growth can be nurtured and encouraged.

In educating our students for the ‘whole of their life,’ our aim is to develop each student academically, socially, physically and spiritually. Our school has a ministry focus in that special programs are run to achieve these aims. Each day the whole school meets in a Form group to share, care and encourage. The mission statement of this pastoral care time called ‘Form’ is:

“A daily time of sharing, caring and relationship building where young people can come into a real relationship with each other and God.”

The Bible verse that is emphasised as our key focus is: Matthew 25:40

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Our College also has a Christian accredited psychologist who is very pastoral by nature and is available to provide counselling, assessment and support services to students, staff and College community.