A St Dominic’s Priory College education is about far more than academic learning. We are here to guide our girls through some of the most crucial years of their lives, providing a safe and inclusive environment that supports spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional growth.
Our Pastoral Care Program caters to each of our students as individuals. We aim to build confidence and self-esteem in our girls, while celebrating their uniqueness.
A Culture of Support
In Years 7-12, our Year Level Coordinators are responsible for building a culture of support and cooperation amongst students, but also between year level teachers. Year Level Coordinators work with class Homeroom teachers (who spend time with their group each morning) to support the daily wellbeing of our students. We have three Homerooms in Years 7 to 10, and four in Years 11 and 12.
In addition, our Student Counsellor is always on-hand to provide specialised counselling and extra support to any student in need. Students are also encouraged to build supportive relationships within their House groups, where older students can provide mentoring and guidance to their younger counterparts.
Pastoral Care Program
Pastoral Care is woven into the fabric of school life here at St Dominic’s. Formal, dedicated lessons are scheduled into student timetables across all year levels. But we also recognise that wellbeing can’t be taught from the top down. This is why our Program relies on teachers, students and student leaders to ensure acceptance, resilience, belonging and self-realisation are part of every girls’ experience here.
Our Program aims to help young people:
- Develop positive social behaviours, such as self-discipline, responsibility, good judgement, and the ability to get along with others
- Develop strong commitments to their families, school, peers and community, including a commitment to lead healthy, drug-free lives
- Identify strategies to keep themselves safe and healthy.
Wellbeing doesn’t just happen, it’s a daily commitment to self-love that we hope to inspire in our girls from an early age. Our Wellbeing Program is designed to equip students with the tools, practices and resources they need to communicate effectively, make decisions with confidence, manage stress and build resilience.
The Program includes:
- A school-wide wellbeing day at the beginning of the year, where each year level has a specific focus
- Year Level outreach initiatives
- Dedicated Year Level Assemblies each term.
In their senior years, our girls are introduced to examinations, which can be a trigger for stress and anxiety. Our Wellbeing Program focuses heavily on examinations, study skills and futures during these years, preparing them with the skills they’ll need to manage their time, while also developing future-focused thinking, discernment and self-identity.
Being deeply invested in the wellbeing of our students means ensuring they are supported out of school hours too. We work hard to foster meaningful relationships between families, teachers and students, including through Parent-Teacher Evenings and school community activities (such as the annual Fete, Gala Day, and school camps).
If you have any concerns about your daughter’s progress or wellbeing, you are welcome to contact their Class Teacher, Year Level Coordinator, Student Counsellor, or the Deputy Principal.