Established in the College in 1993, the House system is intended to facilitate and support quality pastoral care of all the boys. Ideally, every boy will be well known, involved, often encouraged and well advised. Upon enrolment, in the secondary school, each boy is placed in one of eight Houses. As a general rule, he will remain in that House throughout his time at Marist College Ashgrove.

Each student will be in a group of boys, drawn from each of the Years 7-12. The staff appointed to the House normally remains with that House. Heads of House and Pastoral Group Teachers are very important contacts for parents. Ideally, as students progress through the College, a partnership should develop between Pastoral Group Teachers, parents and House staff.

As part of the Marist College Ashgrove’s ongoing commitment to student wellbeing, we have two fully registered Psychologists who provide social and emotional support to students and families.

The College Psychologists liaise closely with the Head of Students, Pastoral Leaders, Head of Boarding, Boarding Supervisors, Centre of Learning Enrichment and Teachers in the overall pastoral care of students and families.

The College Psychologists provide a variety of services including:

  • Individual counselling about personal, social, academic, emotional, behavioural and family issues. Common presenting concerns include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, changes in family structure, school stress and trauma.
  • Relationship and friendship challenges
  • Classroom observations
  • Support of Boarders
  • Consultation with key stakeholders (e.g. family, teachers, external treatment providers and medical professionals).
  • Writing and managing Personal Development programs

Making an Appointment

There are several ways to make a counselling appointment. Students or parents can email, Counsellors@marash.qld.edu.au or email an individual Counsellor. Parents can also phone us and students can come into the Wellbeing Centre to organise an appointment time. Heads of House, Boarding Coordinators and Teachers in general often refer students. Boys may also refer one of the friends if they are concerned for their Wellbeing.   

Sessions with the College Psychologists remain confidential unless there is an immediate risk to students or if notes are subpoenaed by the court.

Generation Next

Generation Next aims to provide education and information about the prevention and management of mental illness in young people to professionals, young people, their families and carers, and the wider community. Their objective is to raise community awareness of mental illness, its prevention and management through increasing mental health literacy, reducing associated stigma and discrimination, and positively influencing individual and community behaviour to improve mental, social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for young people, their families and communities.

To this end, Generation Next reaches out to young people, their families and carers, professionals who work with them and the wider community to seek solutions to the challenges that mental illness poses to us today both at the individual and societal levels.

School TV

Marist College Ashgrove subscribes to SchoolTV, which is a world first, wellbeing platform featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. It addresses the modern day realities faced by schools and parents who increasingly need clear, relevant and fact-based information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people.

Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this issue. It is online resource designed to empower parents with credible, sound information with realistic and practical strategies.

Pastoral care at MCA embraces more than the giving of well prepared, thought provoking and stimulating lessons. It means being concerned for the total well-being of students, and with the development of the whole person. The philosophies underpinning pastoral care, the active pursuit of programs and practices aimed at promoting and supporting well-being and school ethos, as well as the climate and atmosphere in which students and staff learn and work, are complementary.

Through explicit philosophies we hope to educate young men in the way of St Marcellin Champagnat so that they have the courage and confidence to develop traits similar to those modelled by Marcellin himself. Pastoral care is a strong feature of the College.

Pastoral care for students in Years 7 – 12 is provided through a vertical eight House System. This vertical approach sees the students of the College being well known, encouraged and well-advised by their Head of House and pastoral group teachers. Each House has its own way of encouraging active contribution to the College as well as co-operation amongst the students. This builds in the boys a growing sense of belonging and ownership.

Like many youngsters of his day, Marcellin Champagnat did not attend school regularly; the French Revolution wreaked havoc on civic life in that period.  Although gifted with natural intelligence, Marcellin’s lack of formal education caused him to struggle as a seminarian.  From those difficulties sprang his educational philosophy,

“To educate children you must love them and love them all equally.”The Marist Brothers (http://www.maristbr.com/our-marist-founder.php)

This Golden Rule for Marist Educators (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat) forms the cornerstone for Pastoral Care at Marist College Ashgrove.

From Champagnat’s educational philosophy flows the particular characteristics of the Marist style of educating: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work, and following the way of Mary (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat).

Whilst all five pillars are important in the overall education of young people, presence is central to our approach to Pastoral Care, because as Marists (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat):

  • We educate above all through being present to young people in ways that show that we care for them personally.  We make time for them beyond merely professional contacts, getting to know each one individually.  We seek to establish relationships with them, founded on love, which create a climate for learning in an educational setting, for passing on values, and for personal growth.
  • We seek to immerse ourselves in the lives of the young.  We create opportunities to become involved in their lives, and welcome them into ours.  In school ministry, we seek to extend our presence through free-time, leisure, sports and cultural activities, or whatever means offer themselves.
  • Our way of being present in institutional settings seeks to be neither obsessively vigilant nor negligently laissez-faire.  In a respectful way, we try to be firm and demanding with them, while remaining optimistic and focused on their personal growth.
  • Through our way of being attentive and welcoming, of listening and engaging them in relevant and appropriate dialogue, we earn the trust of young people and foster their openness.
  • Wherever we are, we undertake to build community.  Each person should feel at home among us. A warmth of welcome, acceptance and belonging should prevail where everyone has a sense of being valued and believed in, regardless of their role or their social standing.

Pastoral Care at Marist College Ashgrove embraces more than the giving of well prepared, thought provoking and stimulating lessons. It means being concerned for the total wellbeing of students, and with the development of the whole person.  The philosophies underpinning pastoral care, the active pursuit of programs and practices aimed at promoting and supporting wellbeing and school ethos, the climate and atmosphere in which students and staff learn and work, are complementary and are reflected in the College Identity Framework. (Guidelines for Pastoral Care in Catholic Schools)

Through explicit Pastoral Care philosophies, programs and practices we hope to educate young men in the way of Marcellin Champagnat so that they have the courage and confidence to develop traits similar to those modelled by Marcellin himself as outlined in the Being section of the College’s Identity Framework.

Pastoral Care is a strong feature of the College’s support of students.  Students are guided by their Heads of House, their pastoral group teacher, their boarding supervisors, curriculum leaders and their teachers. Two counsellors are also available to support students.