Student Wellbeing: A High Priority
Student Wellbeing programs are well resourced and represent a high priority at OLMC.
Ms Brooke Kilborn, Head of Student Wellbeing, leads staff in supporting our girls as they journey through adolescence and their days at OLMC. This support comes through:
- A commitment to our values of Justice, Compassion, Courage and Joy
- The creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness to the school
- Teachers valuing the importance of positive relationships with students to enhance effective learning
- A framework of Restorative Practices for building and maintaining good relationships
- Teaching girls the skills to negotiate relationships and build resilience
- Setting high expectations for learning and behaviour
- Having suitable services and resources for students when help is needed
- Working closely with parents
Each student is assigned a Pastoral Group and Leader. In Years 7–9, the Pastoral Leader may change from year to year. In Years 10–12, students are assigned to a vertical Pastoral Leader within a House. The aim is to have the same Pastoral Leader with each group over the student’s senior years. Pastoral groups meet at the beginning of each day and usually comprise 25 students.
The College successfully uses ‘Restorative Practices’ in building and maintaining relationships. Restorative practices is based on a belief that the resolution of conflict builds trust and good relationships. This approach helps staff and students learn from mistakes and resolve problems with others. It promotes resilience. It is about helping young people to become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others and to build their commitment to personal accountability and responsibility.
A Sense of Belonging
Special emphasis is placed on the transition process from primary to secondary school to ensure that a student’s sense of belonging can be established early. Our Year 7 Coordinator and senior teachers visit all potential students in their Grade 6 year at their primary school if they attend one of our priority primary schools. There is an induction day in December before a student starts at OLMC and, at the beginning of the year, the students have two Transition Activity Days.
The College also has a peer support program where each Year 7 student is entrusted into the care of a Year 9 leader. They meet together fortnightly in the first semester to provide support in transition.
The range of activities in the Co-Curricular program is also a way of engaging students in the school community and allows them to build relationships across year levels and with staff.
Exploring Issues of Adolescence
The College’s pastoral program, delivered across all year levels, addresses age-specific socio-cultural issues (lifestyle,
Expectations for student behaviour are clearly set out in OLMC's Student Behaviour Management Policy. This document brings together our expectations, with consequences for breaches of the expectations. The policy is based on being transparent and fair while building a set of expectations that signal belonging to this school community.
OLMC has one full-time Student Counselling Coordinator,
Two registered nurses manage the health care of students at the College, with either staff member available at the Medical Centre between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm each day. The nurses have a large network of resources, support groups and information available to students and parents.
Collaboration with Parents
Year Level and House Coordinators, as well as class teachers, are keen to build communication with parents and parent/student/teacher meetings are encouraged. Parents are always welcome to make contact with the College regarding queries or concerns about their daughter’s education.