We believe by providing a nurturing environment, a sense of belonging, security and wellbeing is created allowing students to grow in their dignity, worth and ability to achieve their potential.
Our school’s pastoral care program is a collaborative effort involving a range of individuals and initiatives.
The program is overseen by Heads of School and a pastoral care committee, which includes representatives from different areas of the school, including the Chaplain, Learning Enrichment, Heads of Student Management, Deputy Principals, Student Services, the Principal’s Assistant and the Principal.
The Committee meets regularly to discuss pastoral care initiatives, review student wellbeing data, and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
The Chaplain provides spiritual and mental health guidance and support to students and staff, while the Heads of Student Management oversees the day-to-day running of student management and works closely with students and parents.
Class teachers and home room teachers are also involved in the pastoral care of their students. Support staff from our Learning Enrichment Team may also provide additional support where needed.
Together, these individuals and the pastoral care committee work to create a supportive and inclusive school community where every student feels valued, safe, and supported.
Chaplaincy is an integral part of the pastoral care of our school.
Key objectives of the chaplaincy;
• provide Christian pastoral care to students and assist staff in the delivery of student welfare services
• provide support in the general activities of the school such as camps, excursions and assemblies
• act as advisors, mentors and role models to the students
• facilitate access to external agencies, as necessary to provide appropriate care and assistance to students
• operate as a liaison between School and local churches on chaplaincy related matters
• encourage students in their spiritual journey and involvement in local churches and service agencies
• provide pastoral care to staff and parents where and when appropriate
The Chaplains along with the School Principal, the three Heads of School and the Student Service Officers meet weekly to discuss pastoral care matters and strategically set direction to address issues relevant to year groups and society.
Need to see the Chaplain?
Appointments to see our Chaplains are coordinated through Student Services. Parent and students are requested to see the Schools Student Services Officer to make an appointment.
Do you have a concern?
Any concerns raised due to the service of the Chaplain can be directed to the Principal. This can be carried out through the Principal’s Assistant.
School Chaplains at Grace Christian School are partly funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.