Pastoral care is fully integrated throughout teaching, learning and structural organisation at Matthew Flinders Anglican College and reflects our College values of Courage, Respect, Integrity and Compassion. It is our whole College community’s responsibility to effectively meet the personal, social, spiritual and academic needs of students.
Aims of Pastoral Care at Flinders
a. To promote positive relationships amongst students, teachers and adults other than teachers
b. To promotes students’ personal and social development. We aim to develop people of courage, respect, compassion and integrity who demonstrate confidence, persistence, and resilience
c. To foster positive attitudes, connections and a sense of belonging. Students are supported to develop as informed citizens who are attuned to their environment, take responsibility for themselves and their actions, and serve their community.
d. To be inextricably linked with academic excellence and high-quality teaching and learning. We aim to develop people who are accomplished learners, self-directed and have a spirit of enquiry and adaptability in a fast-changing and information-rich world.
e. To develop ethical, aware and empowered citizens. We aim to develop people who are effective leaders who can empower others, communicate and collaborate well, and have the capacity to make significant and ethically grounded decisions.
At Flinders we set high expectations for our students and we are careful to ensure they have a access to a strong support network. The pastoral and academic progress of every pupil is monitored closely by each child’s class teacher or mentor who are the cornerstone of pastoral care. Further support is provided through Heads of House, Year Level Coordinators, Heads of Sub-schools, College Chaplain, Counsellors and the wider Flinders community.
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 dedicated counsellors who are 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
In the Secondary School we strive to educate students so that they are able to thrive. Our approach is both proactive and reactive, strengthening character and strategically building a range of other crucial skills to enable students to tackle the many challenges they will face, both at the College and in life.
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.
- Two full-time counsellors.
- 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 REACH program and the annual camps/outdoor education program.
Our REACH (Resilience, Engagement, Academics, Character, Health) program is delivered by homeroom mentors and Year Level Co-ordinators from Years 7-12 and focuses on the holistic development of each student, intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is age and stage appropriate in its focus and considers the varied needs of students in the Middle and Senior Schools.