All staff at St Aloysius have a wellbeing responsibility, to ensure that each student is cared for on a personal level. Importantly, staff also work closely with parents to ensure that their daughters are happy and thriving. The concern the girls show for each other and those who care for them is testament to the community we have built.
At St Aloysius we employ a whole-school approach to Student Wellbeing, ensuring that it is a core element of our Learning and Teaching program. We understand that learning, wellbeing and faith are inextricably linked and as such we employ a whole-school approach to pastoral care. We understand that girls do well when they feel known and valued. Our academic staff work closely with a strong network of support staff to encourage each girl to achieve her best.
As a Mercy school, we aim to develop resilient, respectful, compassionate and strong young women who hold dear the Mercy values. We actively promote the integrity and care of each person and encourage respect for diversity. Within a Restorative Practice Framework we focus on community, relationships and healing.
As well as having expert staff, including a College Counsellor and Pastoral Leaders, we offer a range of programs to support the wellbeing and academic progress of each girl.
The Nourish Program is our Year 7 – 12 Pastoral Care Program designed to nourish the mind, body and soul. The program is aligned with our Mercy Education Values and covers a range of topics such as wellbeing, study habits, learning behaviours, time management, cyber-safety, growth mindset, friendship and nutrition and is delivered via a weekly 45-minute lesson by Pastoral Leaders, Year Level leaders and a range of specialist staff and guest presenters.
Each year level is characterised by a theme and specialised program:
Mindful students are more focused and engaged learners
As part of our commitment to Positive Education, our Mindfulness Program runs during the first 5 minutes of Period 5. The Mindfulness Program is an opportunity for students to take a few moments to centre themselves following the lunch break in preparation for the final two lessons of the day.
Moving to secondary school is an exciting milestone. St Aloysius College‘s unique TLC Transition Program ensures that girls and their families are supported at this exciting time, making friends and becoming valued members of our community well before they begin Year 7. This program commences in the August of the Grade 6 year, providing a range of opportunities for girls to meet others, spend time at the College and to connect with our community. Families are also supported through this transition with opportunities to meet other families and gain information to support their daughter’s transition to secondary school. We pride ourselves on establishing a partnership with families that remains strong throughout their daughter’s time at the College.
Our Year 12 students are allocated to a small group of students with a Senior Staff Mentor. In order to maximise the outcomes for our Year 12s, these groups meet regularly in order to discuss the progress of each girl and ways in which the College may provide extra support.
At St Aloysius College, we place great importance on the home-school partnership. In addition to Parent Teacher Student Interviews, our Learning Management System allows students/parents/guardians to receive regular feedback regarding the academic progress of their daughters.
Regular Parent Forum Sessions are facilitated by expert speakers on a range of topics such as Raising Resilient Girls, Positive Parenting and How to Keep Your Daughter Safe In The Digital World.