Central to Prince of Peace's learning philosophy is the creation of a supportive environment that meets the needs of our students.
We are committed to developing real and purposeful connections with students and powerful partnerships between students, parents and the College, based on the ‘four Rs’ of Relationships, Responsibility, Respect and Restoration.
The daily care and support of our students is central to the role of every member of staff throughout the College. The College is blessed by the work undertaken by its pastoral care teams at both campuses.
When we develop strong connections with each other,
we foster an environment perfect for growth and learning
(Professor John Hattie, 2003)
College-wide pastoral care initiatives
In all communities there are times when individuals will experience conflict, disruption and disappointment. Sometimes poor choices are made. The College utilises a philosophy of restorative practices to enable those affected to be heard and as an integral part of the problem-solving process. See how we outline our commitments to honouring relationships in our Relational Development Policy.
All students within the College belong to one of four houses (Bradman, Fraser, Jackson and Laver), which creates connections between students in different classes and year groups. In addition to a year-round program of interhouse sporting competitions, throughout each term there are a number of enjoyable house events, lunchtime competitions and breakfasts. The four houses compete keenly for a perpetual trophy, with points awarded for achievement, spirit and participation.
Our pastoral care teams also provide educational opportunities for parents including:
- publishing a regular Pastoral Care News publication
- providing a parent library based at the Senior Campus
- facilitating a range of informative workshops and seminars.
At the Junior Campus, the Deputy Head of Campus P–6 is primarily responsible for pastoral care, supported by the College Pastor and class teachers. Programs such as Prep/Year 4 ‘buddies’ and the Social Skills program create meaningful opportunities for students to interact and build relationships. Our class teachers know their charges very well, and are able to quickly identify students who might be in need of a little extra support, and the College has excellent mechanisms in place to ensure support is provided at the level required and as soon as an issue is identified.
Pastoral care teachers, Year level coordinators, the Director of Wellbeing and Head of Campus 7–12 and the College Pastor form the pastoral care team on the Senior Campus. The years of adolescence and demands of senior schooling create a range of challenges for students of this age, and our team is on hand to guide and support students (and their parents) through this often difficult time. Students are encouraged to develop and grow as individuals and are provided opportunities to undertake challenges and risks, always with a safety net provided. Programs, including our Christian Studies subjects, the Year 7 and 8 Thinking Skills program, the Year 9 Ubuntu program and elements of the Year 10 to 12 Lifelong Learning program, provide personal growth and learning opportunities.
Pastoral care classes provide an important support mechanism for our Senior Campus students. Our Honouring Relationships principle underpins the high expectation of support and respect for others and their individual differences.
In the Middle School (Y7–9) students are grouped into pastoral care classes within year groups. A student’s pastoral care teacher will also be the student’s subject teacher for one or more subjects, allowing for positive and in-depth relationship building.
For the Senior School (Y10–12) pastoral care classes are formed across year levels and in house groups, allowing for the development of group relationships and mentoring between students of different year levels.
Each year group is led by a Year Level Coordinator who, together with the pastoral care teachers, form the pastoral care team for that group of students. These staff are supported by the Director of Wellbeing and Deputy Head of Campus 7–12 and our College Pastor.
At the start of the school year, Year 7 students are partnered with a Year 12 student as part of a ‘buddy’ program, breaking down barriers between younger and older students and ensuring new students have a friendly face to turn to. We also have a buddy program for Years 5 and 10 students, which also helps to build strong relationships between the older and younger students.
For more information regarding our Pastoral Care programs please contact our leaders of pastoral care:
Junior Campus: Anne-Marie Schmidt, Deputy Head of Campus P–6 P: 07 3872 5700
Senior Campus: Libby Farmer, Director of Wellbeing and Deputy Head of Campus 7–12 P: 07 3872 5600