The origin of the phrase ‘pastoral care’ is in Jesus’ pastoral image of the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18). Here, the Good Shepherd is the one who looks after his sheep and will lay down his life for them.
Each student is a whole person, with physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs.
At Marist Regional College we are all part of a community that forms a network of care – students, staff, parents and the wider College community.
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place – on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” (Pope Francis, 2013)
Each of our students is valued as an individual and we seek to understand each unique personality. We foster an environment that is welcoming, safe and where students are respected as members of a larger community.
The College community
Each day, every member of our College community is encouraged to exemplify the Marist characteristics of presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work and following in the way of Mary. Relationships are a key component of our pastoral care of students, their families and the staff with whom we work.
We encourage every member of our College community to participate and be involved – to share our energy, skills and interests and to serve others. We rely on each other for our wellbeing. Our community environment enables students to learn cooperatively and make good choices for themselves, and for the good of the whole school community.
Pastoral Care Groups
Pastoral Care Groups are a vital part of our College. Students meet in their Pastoral Care Groups each morning, apart from Wednesdays, to develop relationships with their Pastoral Care Group Leader and other students. Wednesdays provide an extended time dedicated to either Year Level Assemblies, Whole School Assemblies or targeted Pastoral Care programs, depending on the current needs of the students and their year level.
Student leadership opportunities
Service is one our most important values.
We encourage our students to develop leadership skills so they can assist others and serve the community. In this way they follow in the footsteps of our College’s spiritual founders who served others, motivated by a strong sense of social justice.
There are many opportunities within the College to learn and contribute in leadership roles:
- The Student Representative Council elected by staff and students, appointed by the Principal
- Years 7–8 are encouraged to nominate for a position as Class Captain
- Year 9 offers opportunities for students to be Year Level Leaders
- Year 10 students can nominate and be elected as a Peer Leader.