"Never pride yourself on being better than you really are, but think of yourself dispassionately, recognising that God has given to each one his measure of faith. Just as each of us has various parts in one body, and the parts do not all have the same function: in the same way, all of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another". Rom 12:3-5
The Student Welfare System of St John’s College, Woodlawn is focused on nurturing the growth of students in their academic, spiritual, social and physical development. This is facilitated through a number of different avenues.
Each student belongs to a Home Group which is vertically arranged within House structures. The students in the Home Group are supervised and cared for by a Home Group Teacher who remains with them throughout their time at the College (all things being equal).
The main objectives of the Home Group sessions are to help meet both the pastoral and administrative needs of our students by providing a time for regular daily contact between staff and students and also involves students helping other students in a caring environment.
Home Group teachers also meet with students each semester to set study goals and to review academic progress.
Year Coordinators have responsibility for the welfare and overall academic progress of the students in their year group. In particular, the Year Coordinator has responsibility for the pastoral care and management of students in his/her year group outside class time (i.e. before and after school, recess, lunchtime) and also for students who misbehave or have difficulties across a number of subject areas.
Year Coordinators liaise with classroom teachers, learning support teacher, Leader of Curriculum, parents and other services to provide group and individualised support for students in their care.
Student Support Person (SSP) – Student Well-being
The school is interested in students’ health and well-being and employs a registered psychologist in the role of student support. These confidential student support responsibilities are distinct from the disciplinary processes in the school. The Student Support Person works with students one-to-one in the support role, and in small group format with the Year 7 students throughout their transition year at Woodlawn.
The Student Support Person, through their experience and expertise, provides a sensitive, warm and sympathetic ear for our students. They can assist in a wide range of situations - family difficulties, study problems, goal setting, etc.
The Student Support Person also has access to a wide range of resources and contacts in the welfare area through the welfare network. On some occasions a referral to external services may be made.
Students can arrange to make their own appointment to see the Student Support Person by placing a note under the door of Well-Being and Support. Staff and parents may also recommend that a student seek support having discussed this with the student and found them willing. Constructive psychological support will only be possible if the student is willing to engage and be involved in the work.
National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program (NSCSW)
St John’s College, Woodlawn provides a number of support programs to our students and their families. One of the support programs is access to a Chaplain through the National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program (NSCSW). This is a combined role for the College Chaplain, Fr Paul Pidcock. Although the two roles are not mutually exclusive there are certain aspects which belong to each role individually.
Whilst the role of the College Chaplain is to minister to the College community as a Marist Priest, the role of the Chaplain (NSCSW) is to work with students, parents, staff and teachers to provide a platform of support to assist students fully engage in the wider school community.
The Chaplain, Fr Pidcock, coordinates the internal chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Committee, liaises with the Social Justice Committee to provide support, is an advisor to the Student Representative Council and Patron of the Woodlawn Ex-Students Association. He attends most Welfare Team Meetings, Parents and Friends Meetings and is ex-officio to the College Leadership Team. This broad base ensures that a consistent focus on student well-being is promoted throughout the College.
Fr Pidcock is also a mentor to marginalised and indigenous students and is a member of the Marist Fathers Indigenous Education Fund Committee.
Fr Pidcock maintains contact with students and their families where possible and is available to provide support and guidance when requested, particularly in times of difficulty. The Chaplain is available for one–on–one sessions by contacting him at the College in person or by telephoning the College.
Participation in any program is voluntary and students can opt in or out at any time.
An annual review is conducted as part of the school community consultation. This is addressed at a Parent and Friends monthly meeting in Term 4, however, parents are welcome to provide comments and/or suggestions at any time via the standard College contact methods.
As always, if parents have a concern with the program they should contact the Principal immediately.
Further information can be obtained from the National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program website.
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This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
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