Pastoral care is the ‘oil of learning’ Pastoral care is not the destination but the nourishment for the learning journey… (Mann 2006)
Research suggests that students with high levels of wellbeing are more likely to have higher academic achievement, better mental health, more resilience and more pro-social and responsible behaviours. Pastoral care involves promoting knowledge of self, self-efficacy, healthy risk taking, goal setting, negotiation, reflection and empowerment to provide optimal learning and development outcomes for each student.
Pastoral care is therefore defined as the commitment and dedication to the wellbeing of each student and to the broader school community. Student wellbeing is defined as a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience, and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school. Therefore, MCA Boarding is committed to building an effective and collaborative wellbeing and pastoral care program that aims to:
- Create a safe and positive environment for all
- To provide strong and caring role models that mentor each boarder through their schooling to achieve personal excellence
- Develop each boarders character and promote a strong sense of identity
- Encourage independence, resilience, positive social skills, team-work and meaningful friendships
- Develop self-esteem
- Produce hard-working and good citizens who contribute to a sustainable society
- Building young men who are strong in mind, gentle of heart and who demonstrate constancy in their faith
Our boarding pastoral and wellbeing program encompasses a specific plan each term with concrete activities and events that help to develop a defined theme across the entire boarding school unique to each age level residence. Each year as boarders transition to the next residence they build upon these themed experience as outlined below.