The pastoral care of our students is of upmost importance at Trinity Grammar School and is at the core of everything that we do, each and every day. Pastoral Care Week presents the opportunity – over and above our daily focus – to emphasise pastoral care issues and offer parents and students alike the tools and resources to ensure that the mental and physical wellbeing of students is maintained.
Trinity’s Pastoral Care Week occurs in Week 4 of Term 4 every year. Head Master, Milton Cujes commented, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn about pastoral care issues and for each to be able to talk to their son about what he was able to gain from the specialist pastoral care session he attended.” This year’s programme included a range of seminars, performances, workshops, surveys and prayer sessions. Here we highlight just a few:
Primary Wellbeing Survey
The School’s Primary Wellbeing Survey is anonymous and delivered to boys in Years 2, 4 and 6. The survey focuses on indicators of social emotional wellbeing, and emotional (i.e. resilience and coping skills), social and learning skills. The results from the survey help us to better understand the social and emotional needs of our boys, establishing an evidence-based process for planning and evaluating our approaches to pastoral care, teaching and learning.
Saving Lil and Archie
This live performance promotes responsible use of technology and positive relationships. It teaches children to limit screen time and make positive connections at school and online and is delivered to Year 5 and 6 students.
Delivered to Year 9 students, this cleverly crafted narrative sees boys being ask to think about what drives people to send the nasty message, post that hurtful comment or embarrassing photo on social media. Why are some people more likely to be targeted and why is it hard for victims to be assertive or resilient? Where can they go when they are experiencing bullying? The session allows students to examine these questions and their own behaviour.
Insight by Blackdog Institute (BDI)
A 40 minute presentation on mental health developed by the BlackDog Institute specifically for adolescents, delivered to Year 10 students. It covers topics such as; what happens if we lose our mental health; how to get it back again; and explains what resilience is and how to build it.
Delivered to Year 11 students, the Hope Express seminar explores how hope is the single defining factor for success in life and in business. Hope is active. Being ‘hopeful’ is a decision you make. A state of being. When obstacles strike, hope keeps us up in life.
Young People and Risk-taking
The National Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) presents talks to Year 12 about young people and risk-taking which are designed to be engaging and thought provoking.
All parents and supporters of the School are invited to participate in an evening prayer for the many needs of the School community, and to hear something of the Christian ministry within the School.
To find out more about Trinity’s excellent pastoral care programme and how we nurture boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life, download our Prospectus.