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Pastoral Care @ GSG

Great Southern Grammar is a Christian school offering a K-12 education informed by Christian beliefs and values. One of the key undertakings of our commitment to the school community is “to encourage students, through their exposure to Christian teachings, to explore issues of faith, spirituality and values.”

The school community also seeks to implement the Nine Values for Australian Schooling:

1. Care and Compassion
2. Doing Your Best
3. Fair Go
4. Freedom
5. Honesty and Trustworthiness
6. Integrity
7. Respect
8. Responsibility
9. Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion

Junior School Pastoral Care

Junior School classroom teachers are primarily responsible for the pastoral care of the students in their class and are the first port of call for students and their parents to discuss any concerns. Junior School staff aim to provide an environment that models positive behaviour, respect, compassion for others and good manners. Junior School staff meet regularly to discuss pastoral care issues and to initiate and monitor specific support programmes for individuals, groups or classes.

All Junior School staff and specialist teachers are informed of students with particular needs. Each
semester students receive a Pastoral Care comment as part of their report. This comment supports the child's progress as a social member of the class and school.

Middle School

A strong homeroom-based pastoral care system is the backbone of Middle School and provides students with the necessary support to grow into well-rounded, happy and secure young adults.

Each student in Middle School is a member of a homeroom class in which they spend most of their
academic time. Each class is headed by a homeroom teacher who takes primary responsibility for each student's academic and social wellbeing.

Each year group is supported by a Head of Year. Dedicated pastoral care periods see students spend time in their homeroom or House. This allows for a gradual transition between the traditional primary
school, one-teacher model and the Senior School system, where students generally have a different
teacher for each subject.

Senior School

In Senior School, the House-based pastoral care system is developed further and becomes the primary pastoral care grouping, building on students' strong identification with their House and supporting their development into mature and increasingly independent young adults. Each student belongs to a group of students from the same House, supported by a House tutor, with students from Years Ten to Twelve in homerooms supporting each other.

Student welfare is supported by your child's Head of House, a school counsellor, nurse and an
AISWA-employed psychologist.