INCLUSIVE PASTORAL CARE
Pastoral care recognises the dignity of each person within the St Mary’s College community.
Through the pastoral care network, students are encouraged to set and achieve their personal and academic goals and to strive for high standards.
This gives students a sense of belonging to a strong sisterhood where needs are met as they progress through the college.
The well-being of every student is followed by the kaiako, (teacher of ako classes), peer support leaders, subject teachers and deans.
The Pastoral Care team includes a Guidance counsellor, a supportive Learning support team and Transition Advisor.
Developing student leadership is an important focus. Students are offered many opportunities for positive leadership experience within a supportive environment at all year levels.
At Year 13, a Head Girl and her team of Deputy Head Girls are assigned a leadership area depending on their interests, skills, experience and strengths.
Areas of leadership include Special Character, Arts and Culture, Year level leaders and, House and Sport Captain’s. Year 13’s girls can also be Peer Support leaders or elected onto the Board of Trustee’s (BOT) as a student representative.
Our peer support programme gives senior students an opportunity to support the Year 9 students and build positive relationships between the year levels.
Each year level has two Year 13 leaders who provide support for the students, working with them to organise events throughout the year and ensuring the overall well-being of students. This gives the students opportunities to form relationships and have fun outside of the classroom.
“St Mary’s has taught me what it feels like to be part of the SMC sisterhood, with their welcoming attitudes and multicultural aspect which make me feel a part of the school.”
Teslie, Year 9 student
St Mary’s College has a part-time Counsellor who offers a confidential and professional service to students and who is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Students can be seen individually or in small groups through an appointment system.
Small groups that focus on particular issues such as resilience, anger management, loss or managing feeling down are offered as needed.
Mrs Christél Dodunski, B.A., Dip. Tchg., Dip. Psychosynthesis Counselling (N.Z.) is at the College full day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and till lunchtime (12:25) on Tuesdays and Fridays.
She can be contacted at: 473 5554, extension 827 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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