We see it as our job to build emotionally resilient, community-minded young people. We achieve this through our intensive Pastoral Care Program such that students feel simultaneously challenged and supported.
Pastoral care runs throughout everyday life at Pittwater House, giving your child support at every age and every stage. At the same time, we encourage our students to step up and take on leadership positions in a variety of areas, both within school and in the wider community.
Parents and students love our pastoral care services. Pastoral care starts in pre-school and extends until the end of Year 12; it is continuously evolving to adapt to changing issues.
Hierarchy of care
When your child joins Pittwater House, they join a network of care where there is always someone to reach out to.
It all starts with the Form groups. Every student from Kindergarten to Year 12 is placed in a single-sex Form group. These are the centrepieces of the pastoral care network. Each Form group is led by a Form teacher who acts as the first point of contact for students and their parents with regards to any aspect of life at Pittwater House. Students can seek support and talk to their Form teacher about any issues they may be having.
The Junior Girls’ College, Preparatory School, Girls’ College and Boys' Grammar School are each led by the Heads of School who provides further pastoral support and guidance to the students under their care. The program works in close co-operation with the Deputy Principal 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 members, including qualified school counsellors, are also available to assist students and parents at any time.
Our Pastoral Care Program
Our Pastoral Care Program is made up of the various, formal sub-programs discussed below.
Early Childhood Centre (ECC) and Junior School
Buddy Program: Every student in the Early Childhood Centre’s Pre-school program and our Junior School is paired with a buddy; an older student to befriend and help guide the younger children through the transitions and early years of their school life. Regular pastoral sessions are utilised to foster these relationships allowing our younger students to grow in confidence and providing older students the opportunity to practice great leadership and positive role-modelling.
Strengths and Reflections: 24 individual character strengths are explored, examined and practiced throughout the year to ensure our Junior Students can recognise and be proud of who they are and how they appear to others. They can identify strengths they admire in others and determine those they aspire to develop.
Bounceback: Resources produced by qualified psychologists and other education experts are utilised by our teachers to proactively help students develop a stronger sense of wellbeing, providing strategies to build resilience, confidence and success.
Empowerment (College, Years 7-10) and Connections (Grammar, Years 7-10):
During the four years of these gender-specific programs, the overarching goal is the development of self-respect and self-identity, and the recognition of the value of other people. The programs are designed to assist community building both at School and in the wider community focusing on the skills of self-discipline, striving for personal bests, respect and understanding which encourages empathy and supports authentic positive expression. As a result, students gain a greater sense of self and their worth as an individual and valuable member of society.
World Challenge (Years 7-10): World Challenge helps young people explore their limits and grow in confidence, resourcefulness and global citizenship through life-changing experiences outside their normal environment.
Men of Honour (Grammar, Year 10): A program by Glen Gerreyn that addresses the key issues associated with developing masculinity and asks the boys to make a commitment about the sort of man they wish to be and to fulfill those commitments to being men of honour.
Lighthouse Program (Year 10): Extra-curricular activities, community service, presentations in form, leading Assembly, uniform expectation and House participation are all common aspects the Lighthouse Program. The goal is to have students who are engaged in the school community, who are responsible and accountable as well as setting a standard and being role models for younger students.
Leadership Program (Year 11): We believe everyone has the potential to be a great leader. The Leadership Program helps students develop the confidence, skills and professionalism to be an inspiring leader and the opportunity to be chosen as a student leader in Year 12.
Student Led Peer Support Programs
CUP - College Union Program (Year 7–12): Vertical wellbeing groups in which issues pertinent to young women are discussed in a nurturing and safe environment. All members of the College community are a member of a CUP group. It is the perfect way for girls to make friendships between the year groups and make the College community a dynamic, close and respectful society where the individual is known and appreciated.
Big Brogram (Year 7–12): A boy’s wellbeing program founded by two former leaders of the Grammar school, based on the premise that real strength and real courage is knowing when to ask for help when going it alone is too difficult. This initiative is facilitated by students in Years 11 and 12 with students in small, often Form groups, from Years 7 to 10.
“The very essence of our daily work focuses on support for each student, their happiness, their opportunity and their academic success.”