Pastoral Care / Student wellbeing

Every student, every teacher, every year level

Pastoral care is an integral part of the NCC culture and programs, having its goal as the spiritual, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of students.

Effective relationships are the foundation of vibrancy and vitality in positive wellbeing that educates the heart and the mind.

At NCC, we employ the underpinning framework of an attachment-focused school. This recognises the power of secure (safe, soothing, reassuring, and loving) attachments in a child’s life. This acknowledges the importance of family relationships and those with other significant adults. It is within this context that every staff member through authentically living their Christian beliefs and professional understanding is responsible for supporting each student.

In Junior School, class teachers play a vital role in the day to day pastoral care of students, additionally underpinned by a pastoral care support worker. In Middle School and Senior Schools, family group teachers have daily contact with students as the platform for pastoral care matters. The year level coordinators and the Deputy Heads of School provide the next level of pastoral care providing specialist coordination in overseeing the wellbeing of each age group of students. This is supported by the oversight of the Student-Protection Officers, First Aid Staff, the Director of Student Wellbeing and the Head of School.

In addition, year level assemblies, Applied Christian Studies classes, weekly chapel services, service activities, year-level camps and teachable moments further shape holistic wellbeing. Value-added programs operate in each of the sub-schools to develop learning and support around topics such as character development, values, purpose, empathy, interdependency as a community, education, responsibility and self-discipline.

For students who find they are struggling with life issues, our staff provide help, empathy and support. In co-operation with parents and guardians, students are afforded assistance with referral to specialist professional wellbeing support when needed.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact us at any time and should never allow themselves to feel disengaged from this crucial network of support. All staff members are available to our College families to listen and help and ensure that students aim to achieve their full potential as they study at NCC.

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