Nazareth College has a well-established Pastoral Care program that aims to support the Wellbeing needs of our student community. Our Pastoral policy is linked directly to that of Catholic Education Melbourne which provides the guiding framework for all Catholic schools.
Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing
The Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing works with the College Pastoral Team to ensure Nazareth provides the best Pastoral Care possible for all students. Each Head of House meets regularly with the Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing and the College Counsellor to monitor the students in their care and develop strategies to assist those needing some extra support. The Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing also chairs the College’s Learning & Pastoral Meeting where adjustments are made to the workload, assessment and reporting of students who have significant Pastoral issues. The Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing works to ensure each student is treated with dignity and care and that our relationships with students is consistent with the Catholic Faith we profess. The Assistant Principal – Faith & Wellbeing is also responsible for overseeing the Faith Development Program including student retreats and reflection days, outreach programs, College Prayer and Liturgies.
Directors of Wellbeing
The Directors of Wellbeing are responsible for the Implementation of our College’s Wellbeing Program including the Positive Behaviour Support Framework and the Extended Pastoral Program. They aim to skill and form our young people so they have all the necessary tools to be able to work and succeed in this changing world. The Directors of Wellbeing run our new Wellbeing Centre and provide a place for students to be present, mindful, get away from the business of school life and connect with students and staff. The Directors also work one on one with students and with some students in small group to provide the necessary support and strategies to face different issues and challenges on their journey.
Heads of House
Our Heads of House and Pastoral teachers place great emphasis on their knowledge of each student and our partnership with families. The primary focus of the Head of House is the pastoral care, wellbeing and learning of students. They achieve this by leading and supporting the work of Pastoral Teachers and working with the Assistant Principal of Faith & Wellbeing, the Directors of Wellbeing and the Student Psychologist/s to monitor and provide care and support for all students in the House. They are also responsible for the implementation and monitoring of individual programs for student wellbeing.
The first point of contact each day for our students is the Pastoral Teacher. With a Vertical Pastoral Structure it is our desire that the Pastoral Teacher journeys with the student throughout their years at the College and builds strong and positive relationships with both the student and their family, which is so beneficial for the students overall wellbeing and learning. Each House consists of 5 Pastoral Groups and an accompanying Pastoral Teacher. All Pastoral Groups have students from Year 7 to Year 12 which enables them to form lasting friendships with their peers and other year levels, and their Pastoral Teacher. We have a Pastoral Program which provides time for the students to be in the care of the Pastoral Teacher, whilst addressing relevant wellbeing topics. The Pastoral Teachers are responsible for the day to day support of their students through the daily Homeroom time at the start of each day.
Our fully equipped First aid post, is staffed by an experienced occupational first aid officer. Students who are unwell or injured receive prompt attention and, where necessary, parents are contacted.
Students with diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis or other medical conditions are fully catered for with individual action plans and assistance to take their required medications, etc.
At Nazareth College we place an emphasis on whole person development and individual excellence. Nurturing the emotional wellbeing of our students remains a key focus of Nazareth College. In order to address this, Nazareth provides a counselling service for students. This complements the College’s commitment to the pastoral and welfare needs of our school community. By providing such a resource we acknowledge the importance of developing the whole person and the unique demands faced by each student.
For more information contact:
Additional Counselling Resources
In cases requiring immediate assistance:
If a young person is in immediate danger contact:
Emergency Services 000
If a young person tells you they might harm themselves contact:
Psychiatric Triage Service 1300 369 012
For telephone counselling assistance contact:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation) www.headspace.org.au or Ph. 1800 367 968