Pastoral Care at Mandurah Baptist College means supporting the individual, spiritual and emotional needs of our students to improve well-being and enable positive growth. Pastoral Care is woven into all aspects of our students’ day-to-day experiences.
Our Pastoral Care program and consistently enforced high standards of student behaviour aims to see students, staff and the College community thrive. Strong student support in a positive environment allows our students to succeed. At the heart of the College’s Pastoral Care program are the core values of care and compassion; doing your best; fair go; freedom; honesty and trustworthiness; integrity; respect; responsibility; and understanding, tolerance and inclusion. These combine to create a framework for students to discover and develop their individual skills, strengths and talents to achieve their personal best and beyond.
Mandurah Baptist College uses a Positive Education ‘PERMAH’ framework:
Positive Emotion – Experiencing emotions such as gratitude, love and joy
Engagement – Immersion in relevant and interesting activities
Relationships – A sense of connectedness and belonging
Meaning – Purpose, helping others and discovering God’s love for us
Accomplishment – Setting goals, celebrating success and encouragement
Health – Improving physical and psychological health improves well-being.
Positive education finds its origins in Positive Psychology. Martin Seligman’s research in Positive Psychology found that improvements in positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment (PERMA) result in improved well-being. These focus areas form a framework at Mandurah Baptist College for improving the well-being of students.
Our Christian faith and values inform our belief in the potential of all students and fuel our caring College community, which we are renowned for. Pastoral Care is embedded in our four key pillars: Christ, Community, Character and Classroom. Below are some examples of Pastoral Care in action: >
A Friendly Schools plus anti bullying school, Year 11/7 Mentoring program, peer mentoring programs, year group socials, domestic and overseas educational tours, school wide lunchtime activities and camps in Years 6, 8 and 11.
- Links with local churches
- Guest speakers
- A thriving Christian education program
- Staff and student prayer groups
- Worship assembly and a student worship band
- World Vision sponsor children
- Community fundraising programs
- Sustainability programs such as community tree planting and a native plant nursery
- An involved Parent Connect group that regularly input into College life
- Year 11/7 Mentoring and peer mentoring programs
- Protective Behaviours education that flows through Health, Christian Education, and the Pastoral Care curriculum
- A focus on building and maintaining positive relationships amongst all College community members
- Pastoral care programs tailored to individual year groups
- A Head of Year staff structure in the Senior School with clear support networks for students. Chaplains, Counsellors and Psychologist are available to assist students
- Clear leadership pathways for students
- Domestic and overseas educational tours
- School wide lunchtime activities
- Identifying and developing character strengths
- Year group socials and Camps in Years 6, 8 and 11
- Upholding the College values in our daily interactions and relationships
- Engaging programs and learning
- A range of incursions and excursions
- A staff focus on positive and professional relationships with students in a safe and friendly environment
- A Friendly Schools Plus anti bullying school culture and curriculum
- Individual student attention. Teachers are aware of students’ individual learning needs, helping to optimise their development
- Clear and comprehensive behaviour management
- Caring and supportive teachers and other staff members who make the well-being of students a priority
- Pastoral Care Model
Mandurah Baptist College Senior School is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of a comprehensive Child Protection Program designed to keep children safe. This includes a child safe culture, the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum, clear expectations in our Codes of Conduct and thorough and systematic education about protective behaviours and personal safety.
Protective Behaviours overview can be found here
The Primary and Secondary School Chaplains and our College Psychologists are available to support students in all areas of their lives and school experiences.
Primary School Chaplain:
- Mark Fulwood e: email@example.com p: (08) 9583 7070
Senior School Chaplains:
- Wesley Dowell e: firstname.lastname@example.org p: (08) 9583 7000