nurturing | pastoral care
We believe that a child who is happy at school performs better at school. We are committed to ensuring our students have forums and networks through which they can express themselves and seek support and assistance when they need it.
Every student from Kindergarten to Year 12 is placed in a single-sex "Form Group". These Form Groups are the centrepiece of the pastoral care network. They undertake a range of activities together across the year including in-class lessons, group activities and camps, fostering independence and a sense of community. Each Form Group is led by a Form Teacher who acts as the first point of contact for pupils and their parents on any aspect of life at Pittwater House.
Heads of School
The Junior Schools, Grammar School and Girls' College are each led by a Head of School who provide a further level of pastoral support and guidance to students under their care. Working in close cooperation with the Head of Teaching and Learning and the Principal, this ensures that every student is given the maximum support to achieve their potential and enjoy their time at Pittwater House.
Additional staff, including the school counsellor are also available to assist students and parents at any time.
Positive Incentives & Discipline
We believe young people respond best when they are provided with a clear definition of their responsibilities, privileges and limitations and when they are aware of the consequences of their actions. A system of positive incentives operates to recognise achievement in the areas of academia, co-curricular, sports, community service and general citizenship. Equally, there is a clearly defined system of sanctions for pupils whose performance does not meet expectations. Pittwater House deals firmly and swiftly with unacceptable behaviour.