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“The pastoral care of students is at the heart of the College ethos and is, for me, a quality unrivalled. Spiritual, academic, personal, and social wellbeing is not only promoted but enhanced by the pastoral care offered by teachers, members of staff and other students. I am grateful for the homegroup and house systems, in particular, as they encompass a ministry of care and service that ensures the College is a supportive, encouraging and friendly community. Redeemer is a truly great place to come to everyday.”
- Kristen B (Year 12)

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is individualised and student centred at Redeemer, providing students with a caring, enjoyable and challenging educational environment.

The college has a strong pastoral care program and endeavours to work in partnership with each student’s family. Pastoral Care Leaders and learning mentors have primary responsibility for the pastoral care of the students in their care and are concerned about the personal well-being as well as the academic progress of students. The chaplains on Redeemer’s staff have oversight of the spiritual life of the school they work with the Student Counsellors in caring for students who have problems of a personal or spiritual nature.

Pastoral care involves:

  • A focus on the individual, created in the image of God, who possesses personal value - every student is unique.
  • Support, encouragement and care that is shown in a Gospel based community.
  • The development of a sense of self-worth in every student.
  • The total climate of care that exists within the whole college life.

We show pastoral care in:

  • The quality of relationships within the community.
  • The commitment that staff have for every individual.
  • The policies and procedures that we establish.
  • Our encouragement of the development of the College's Values: Integrity, Care, Excellence, Service and Self-discipline.

Mechanisms and opportunities

Redeemer has a formal and informal pastoral care system which focuses on each individual student. It is carried out by each teacher in various contexts within the academic and co curricular program, as an active expression of the Christian love and concern for every aspect of the lives and development of every individual. At the core of our pastoral care is relationships. We encourage the nurturing of strong, positive relationships among students, their parents and the school. Each week there are opportunities for short and extended home group time and assemblies.

We have a pastoral care system where the subject teachers and learning mentors develop in their students:

  • A sense of belonging.
  • A sense of self-worth.
  • A sense of trust.
  • A positive nurturing climate.

Assembly times

Parents are welcome and encouraged to join us for Assembly each week where presentations of awards are made to students. Times are as follows:

Sub-School Time Location
Junior School Fridays, 8.40am Multi-Purpose Centre Auditorium
Senior School Friday (Week A), 8.55am Redeemer Chapel

Partnership with Parents

Students benefit most when the values of school (Integrity, Care, Excellence, Service and Self-discipline) and home are harmonious and there is co-operation on both sides. Parents who enrol their children at Redeemer are undertaking to support the behavioural and organisational expectations of the college. Parents become part of the school community, just as their children do, and the payment of fees does not relieve parents of the responsibility of active involvement in the college.

The school sees itself as a partner with parents in the education of their children. While the school contributes educational expertise, parents bring a longer and more extensive knowledge of the child. They can encourage, supervise, and support their children across the broad range of school activities.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teachers to gain information, support and understanding about their child's progress, attitude and relationships throughout the year. There are two designated Parent/Teacher/Student Partnership Meetings are held throughout the year to discuss academic progress, however, parents are urged to contact teachers when they have a concern or matter that needs clarification.

Our pastoral care program responds to the changing social and emotional needs of our students and includes:

  • Strong pastoral support provided by subject teachers, homeroom teachers and year coordinators
  • School Counselling program
  • House spirit groups encouraging peer support Year 7-12
  • Year Level and house group activities for Years 7-12
  • Learning mentor time throughout Years 7-12
  • Careers and pathways focus for Years 10-12

Transition program for students beginning Year 7

  • Social/Emotional learning programs from P-12
  • Mental Health awareness including positive psychology and mindfulness
  • Respectful relationships, cyber safety and positive online behaviour