Pastoral Care Centre

How to know if you need to refer your child to Counselling services:

While changes are expected in all realms of the adolescent child it is worth being mindful of dramatic changes in presentation. Below is a list of things to look out for in your child for referral to services. And remember, if in doubt always reach out!

Physical: Energy level changes, not wanting to get up, sleeping routine varies, losing interest in hobbies, dramatic increase / decrease in physical exercise.

Academic: Shows significant grades change, not keeping up with homework and assignments, lacking motivation, unable to pay attention or recall information.

Social: Not wanting to socialise with regular friends, trouble making new friends, changing to new group of friends, wanting to be alone.

Family relationships: Not wanting to be with family members normally close to, showing aggression to family members and/or general mood shift.

Communication: Your adolescent has “shut down”- doesn’t want to talk to you anymore. Has pulled away and isn’t reaching out to you.

General Observations: Your adolescent’s overall presentation in mood and/or has displayed a noticeable change lately.

What you can expect from your adolescent:

Adolescent years present us with what is one of the biggest growth periods in a person lifespan. This major shift introduces new connections in the brain while it prepares to enter adulthood. This can be a very difficult time not only for the teen but those around them. While you may find your teen pushing against you, we must be mindful that they still seek the connection and security of their families and the boundaries set for them. Some of the changes you can expect to see in your teen are as below:

Emotional/Social 11 – 14 years

  • Moodiness and parent-child conflict tend to increase
  • Is likely to show increased gender stereotyping of attitudes and behaviour
  • Spends more time with peers and less time with parents and siblings
  • Friendships are based on intimacy and loyalty
  • Peer groups become organised around cliques
  • Cliques with similar values form crowds
  • Conformity in response to peer pressure increases

Emotional/Social 14 years – onward

 

  • Combines features of the self into an organised self-concept
  • Self-esteem differentiates further and tends to rise
  • Is likely to begin constructing an identity
  • Is likely to engage in societal perspective taking
  • Engages in more subtle reasoning about conflicts between moral, social conventional, and personal issues
  • Gender-stereotyped attitudes and behaviour may decline
  • Has probably started dating
  • Relates more positively with parents
  • Conformity to peer pressure may decline

Services Provided

Year 7

Year 7 students will receive support from the Year 7 Coordinator, throughout their first year of high school. The Year 7 Coordinator assists students with their educational and pastoral needs.

In addition, Year 7s are armed with:

  • Support from the Pastoral Care Team and Counsellor
  • Social learning education
  • Psychoeducation
  • Pastoral Care activities
  • Peer Mentors
  • Orientation Day
  • Year 7 House Day
  • The Give Back Program
  • Year 7 Camp
  • Transition classes
Year 8

While Year 8 students step into the familiar routine of high school, they have access to:

  • Support from the Pastoral Care Team and Counsellor
  • Social learning education where required
  • Pastoral Care activities
  • Patron Day
  • Guest speakers – as applicable to the cohorts needs
  • Well-being Day
Year 9

As Year 9s adventure through to the middle years of high school the students are encouraged to upskill in the areas of leadership and responsibility. The students are supported through:

  • Support from the Pastoral Care Team and Counsellor
  • Social learning education where required
  • Pastoral Care activities
  • Guest speakers – as applicable to the cohorts needs
  • Well-being Day
  • Leadership day
Year 10

With Year 10 being a big year of academic load, the Year 10 students are provided with:

  • Support from the Pastoral Care Team and Counsellor
  • Social learning education and support where required
  • Pastoral Care activities
  • Leadership Day
  • Pastoral Care Day
  • Peer Mentor Program
Year 11 and 12

Our senior students are offered all services from previous years plus:

  • Support from the Pastoral Care Team and Counsellor
  • Social learning education and support where required
  • Pastoral Care activities
  • Leadership Day
  • Pastoral Care Day
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • The School Ball
  • Leadership opportunities through the Leadership Program