We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
Our School Counsellor, a registered psychologist, is available to our students and families.
Students can be referred by their House Coordinator, member of staff or they can make a self-referral. Parents may consult on the telephone or make individual appointments.
Our counsellor deals with personal, family and academic concerns and if needed will refer individuals and families to other agencies. In addition to individual consultations, our counsellor may offer small group sessions for particular needs.
Pastoral Care Program
Recognition of the dignity and uniqueness of each person underpins all that we do at Mount St Joseph Catholic College. Accordingly, Pastoral Care structures are developed in response to student needs such that every student feels supported, encouraged and nurtured. The wellbeing and pastoral care of students is a priority for all teachers.
We are committed to providing pastoral care which fosters a sense of belonging and community; such that every student feels supported, encouraged and nurtured. Academic care aligns with our learning experiences and supports eac students to achieve their personal best.
Students are encouraged through the pastoral life of the school to:
- demonstrate respect, responsibility and reliability
- develop a positive growth mindset
- be inclusive, courageous and supportive of each other
- effectively understand and manage feelings and emotions
Houses and Homeroom
MSJ’s vertical pastoral care structure ensures strong relationships between students and staff and it plays a pivotal role in the development of our students.
The Houses become a community within a community, and give opportunities for closer relationships, mentoring and the expression of our Josephite charism and values of acceptance, loyalty, action, compassion, hospitality and wisdom.
Each student belongs to one of six Houses. Students begin the day in their House pastoral group under the leadership of their Homeroom teacher. The vertical structure ensures that each girl develops an understanding of community at MSJ. The Homerooms provide an avenue for mentoring, communication about the life of the community and are vehicles for developing and building school spirit.
Each House is led by a House Coordinator who supports the pastoral, social, emotional and academic well being of students. House Coordinators provide a point of contact for teachers and for parents. Students remain in the same House for the length of their schooling at MSJ; this enables the House Coordinator and parents greater opportunity to build communication between home and school.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.