On Friday, 7 August the Year 10s participated in a Pastoral Development Day.
The initiative focused on the social, mental and emotional needs of adolescents.
The activities on the day sought to break down traditional gender stereotypes and upskill the students with the tools necessary to cope with modern day issues.
The day was broken up into two workshops specifically designed for each gender group.
The program was developed with input from students and parents with the goal to address the social and developmental needs specific to the Year 10 cohort.
The girls’ workshop was facilitated by House Coordinators Carly Kinch, Brooke Pollard, Petrina Sladen and newly appointed College Counsellor Tara Norman. They covered topics regarding positive body image, mental health, social media, bullying, healthy communication and supporting each other. The girls were honest and involved throughout the day, sharing their feelings, experiences and hopes for themselves and their cohort.
The boys’ workshop was facilitated by Wayne Sharpe and me and had a strong focus around positive masculinity. During the day, the boys were empowered to open up and share their stories and opinions on what it means to be a good man. They tackled issues surrounding men’s health, leadership, communication, treatment of women and impact of pornography. There was a strong emphasis on taking responsibility and owning their actions, while being encouraged to communicate their emotions and feelings.
The day also featured a virtual session facilitated by professionals from Tomorrow Man and Tomorrow Woman. This signature two-hour experiential seminar creates a safe non-judgmental space to explore tricky topics in a relatable way and get to the heart of issues that men are woman are facing.
The workshops were incredibly powerful and emotional for all involved. The feedback from parents and students has been overwhelmingly positive and we will pursue future activities to build on this experience.
At St Luke’s College we seek to develop the whole person and days like this go a long way to ensure our students grow emotionally, spiritually as well as academically.
For more information regarding the pastoral programs offered by the College, please contact the House Coordinators or me at the College.