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Pastoral Care Programme

Churchie supporters
The Pastoral Care Programme in Churchie's Senior School is delivered by housemasters through timetabled year group pastoral learning lessons and is supported by tutor teachers in their daily pastoral care sessions. The programme covers an array of topics, issues and discussion points, with an overarching focus on individualised goal setting, resilience and leadership. As the programme is conducted within the house structure, a warm environment is created allowing students to feel safe and communicate openly.
The programme offers students a sense of belonging and encourages participation in intra-school competition and service activities. It allows the students to develop as members of a larger community, thereby moving towards greater independence.
Students are also supported by the School Chaplain, the Career Guidance Officer and the School Psychologist. These professionals offer a range of services including personal, spiritual and emotional support, tertiary study and career guidance, and time management advice.
At the beginning of each term, all students from Years 7 to 12 review their time management and goal setting. The Senior School wall planner and diary are important aids in this process.
The Pastoral Learning Programme is sequential and age appropriate and covers and develops the following topics each year:
  • Set your goals
  • Learn how to study
  • Prepare for examinations
  • Know yourself
  • Motivate yourself
  • Evolve as an independent learner
  • Personal planning
  • Careers and SET planning
  • Looking the part; grooming and etiquette
  • Bullying
  • Cyber safety
  • Financial literacy
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs
  • Road safety
  • Respectful relationships
  • Civics education
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Risk taking, responsibility and accountability
  • Defining moments.

Year 7 Transition Year

The Year 7 Transition Year is a unique year during which boys gradually transition from the primary years to their secondary education.
During the Year 7 Transition Year students are placed in a Form class with their Year 7 peers and are accommodated in the Year 7 Centre adjacent to excellent break-out spaces and playing fields.
The academic programme supports boys as they become more responsible for their learning. Boys are encouraged to be complex thinkers, responsive creators, active investigators, effective communicators and self-directed participants in a globally-connected learning environment. The pastoral principles and practices that underpin our teachers’ delivery of their academic and co- curricular programmes have, as their foundation, the belief that academic success and the capacity to flourish are built on knowing each boy very well.
Our tablet programme, together with other digital resources, helps boys to explore the world beyond the immediate classroom and develop skills essential for 21st century learners.
Year 7 boys undertake a Social and Emotional Development and Outdoor Education Programme which explores their responses to situations requiring resilience, responsibility, relationship building and resolve. These developing skills are enhanced via the Outdoor Education Programme where boys learn the difference between recreational-style experiences and adventure-based outdoor pursuits.