“Jesuit education insists on individual care and concern for each person” (The Characteristics of Jesuit Education)
Pastoral Care at St Aloysius' College is an expression of the Ignatian virtue of cura personalis, or care for the individual. As such, it is to be seen and experienced as a core value embedded in our classrooms, community and culture.
As a Jesuit school we encourage pastoral care activities that endeavour to seek the Magis. This refers to the more loving and generous way of serving God and each other. In striving for the Magis, we seek the deeper wellbeing of each person. All members of the community are encouraged to take a personal interest in the development of the whole person, educating the heart and the mind. Pastoral care promotes a positive, whole-school culture where each student can feel connected with others and flourish in a sense of his gifts, achievements and personal dignity.
In the Senior School there are twelve (12) Pastoral Groups per year - three per House from Years 8-12. Year 7 Pastoral Groups are aligned to their homerooms. The Year 7 Homeroom Teacher is the primary pastoral care-giver at the College for this cohort.
From Year 8, Pastoral Groups are led by a Pastoral Mentor. Pastoral Mentors are the significant adult in the life of each student at the College. The Pastoral Mentor moves through Year 8-12 with their Pastoral Group, having a five year association with each boy within it.
The role of the Pastoral Mentor is to guide and mentor their allocated Pastoral Group throughout the year, monitoring student wellbeing and offering encouragement and support for each individual student by providing care, guidance and responding to their day-to-day needs.
From Years 7-12, both the Homeroom Teachers and Pastoral Mentors will work with the relevant Head of Year. The Pastoral Mentor’s role is to be the staff member responsible for the care of each student in their Pastoral Group, to be the first point of contact for student and parent queries, and to liaise as necessary with the Head of Year and other staff to assist in the care of each student.
Heads of Year
In collaboration with their team of Pastoral Mentors, Heads of Year hold the primary responsibility for supervising the pastoral care of their Year Group. Heads of Year work in partnership with the range of staff at the College, all of whom unite in the spirit of Ignatian formation to prioritise the individual student's welfare.
They work in partnership with the team of Pastoral Mentors responsible for each of the Pastoral Groups in their Year, meeting regularly to discuss the progress of students in each Pastoral Group. Heads of Year take responsibility for more urgent or significant academic and pastoral issues for each student as necessary, and in discussion with the Pastoral Mentor.
The Heads of Year lead the Pastoral Team within each Year Level, working with the College Counsellors, the Careers Development Coordinator, the Head of Learning Enrichment and other staff involved in Wellbeing Programs to support students.
The Chaplains are members of the Chaplaincy Team which is inspired at all times by the highest Ignatian ideals of leadership, companionship and pastoral care. A Chaplain is assigned to each Year Group and they have special focus on implementing the ideal of forming men of conscience, compassion, commitment and competence. The Chaplain takes responsibility with the Director of Faith and Justice for Retreats, Prayer and Liturgies, Sacramental life, Immersions and Faith in Service opportunties with students. The Chaplaincy team work with the Rector and the Director of Faith and Justice to develop students' growth in their relationship with God, with others in the school community, and with those in need beyond the school community.
The Youth Minister spends time with students in both a faith-based and pastoral care role. The role of the Youth Minister has grown to become an important part of student development and pastoral care, offering interactive student liturgy, relevant student retreats, Arrupe Outreach programs, assisting with the Aloysian Faith in Service programs together with an ongoing interest in the well-being of each student.
School Counsellors and Psychologists
School Counsellors and Psychologists work with students, teachers, parents, Heads of Year and members of the Pastoral Care Team in a variety of ways. Their work includes:
- counselling students;
- assisting parents or carers to make informed decisions about their child's education;
- liaising with other agencies concerned with the wellbeing of students; and
- participating in pastoral care programs such as being a Mentor, helping in Retreats, Belonging Days and Seasons for Growth.
School counsellors and psychologist are members of College’s Pastoral Care Team and learning enrichment teams.
The College has four Houses. Each student is assigned to a House prior to commencing at the College. Students remain in their allocated House for their entire time at the College. Senior School students will take part in a range of activities. Belonging to a House allows students to make friends with a diverse group of boys across all year levels. Students are allocated to a Pastoral Group according to their House.
The Houses are named after four Jesuit Saints of the English Reformation: Edmund Campion (Red), John Ogilvie (Gold), Nicholas Owen (Green) and Robert Southwell (Blue). The College will allocate boys who have a brother at the College to the same House. If your son’s father is an Old Boy we will endeavour to allocate the son to the same House (if known) as the father. The College will advise of House allocation after Orientation Day.
Camps and Retreats
Every student from Years 7 to 11 participates in a retreat, activity and reflection day or camp once a year.