A Matthew Flinders Anglican College education aims to develop the whole child – intellectually, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. One of our great strengths is our vibrant community, which values and nurtures relationships that are respectful, appreciative and supportive. We have high expectations of our students, but we understand that they are maturing adolescents who sometimes struggle to cope with the demands of school, family, friends, co-curricular activities and other, often unexpected, challenges. It is most important that every child has a number of caring and supportive adults who can be relied upon to be supportive and encouraging in times of need.
Primary Pastoral Care
The Primary School provides a very comprehensive pastoral care program designed to assist students to become well equipped to confidently and capably deal with social situations. Teachers explicitly teach social and emotional skills with the goal for all students to be resilient, happy, engaged with learning, able to relate to a wide range of fellow students and adults, caring, compassionate and capable of accepting responsibility.
During their time in the Primary School, students will be involved and benefit from many wellbeing programs; Orientation processes, Buddy Programs, Cross Age Tutoring, Protective Behaviours, Friendly Schools and Families and Flinders Friends. Our Primary students, parents and staff can access the expertise of a dedicated Primary counsellor who is able to assist with emotional difficulties, social difficulties, family issues, behaviour management problems and managing transition concerns.
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College, every teacher is a pastoral care teacher, focusing on the wellbeing of every student. The Head of Junior Primary and Head of Senior Primary lead the pastoral focus in Primary School, working with parents, teachers and students to ensure that our students’ social and emotional needs are a core focus.
Secondary Pastoral Care
Our Pastoral Care network comprises:
- Eight Houses of approximately 100 students spread over Years 7–12, each with a dedicated Head of House and six homeroom teachers. Members of the same family will all belong to the same House and form a close association with House staff. Houses are named after prominent Australians:
- Bradman House
- Chisholm House
- Helpmann House
- Mawson House
- McCubbin House
- Oliphant House
- Sutherland House
- Thiele House
- Year Level Co-ordinators for Years 7 -12 attending to the specific needs of students within each year level cohort.
- A full-time and dedicated Secondary counsellor.
- A full-time and dedicated College Chaplain.
- A Co-ordinator of Curriculum and Co-ordinator of Senior Schooling Careers Counsellor who assist with course selection, timetabling and special considerations.
In addition, subject and co-curricular staff members, office staff and library/sickbay staff are significant points of contact for students and parents.
Students from Years 7–12 undertake a variety of formal lessons, activities and presentations related to personal development through our Mind, Body and Spirit program and the annual camps/outdoor education program.