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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
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Student Well BeingThe atmosphere of care here at St Andrew’s is positive and inclusive. By working together as a community to meet the ethos of our College our students flourish within a motivated and dynamic expression of holistic education. We assist our students to form connections within our community which enables them to reach their personal best across all dimensions of their lives.
Staff, students, parents and the wider community are utilised as resources to enhance the vision and spirit of the philosophy of all aspects of pastoral care here at the College.
Pastoral Care can not be restricted to a particular program or curriculum and various elements of student well-being operate within our community. The delivery of pastoral care is primarily proactive in order to provide support, guidance and education for students with the onus of responsibility upon each member of the school community, for the well-being of others.
Student Well Being lessons are conducted for the Middle Years and Senior Years students.
Other student support structures, policies and staff include:
- Student Records and References
- Student Support Information
- Student Well Being lessons (Years 7-12)
- Interviews and Guidance
- Academic Monitoring List
- Academic Reviews
- Learning Services
- Seasons for Growth
- Academic tutoring
- Christian Education - Chapel Services
- House System
- Outdoor Education Camps
ROLES AND DUTIES OF SPECIFIC PASTORAL CARE STAFF IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
In the Student Services Office our staff facilitates the checking of attendance and communication of routine school notices. The staff responsible for this system also provide an opportunity for close supervision of all aspects of a student's personal and academic development during his or her years at the school. In the first instance all students, parents and staff should make contact with the administration staff located in H block for assistance with all student welfare enquiries. Enquiries will be answered where possible or redirected to the most appropriate staff member to ensure efficiency in communication and advocating for student needs.
The Home Room Teacher
The student should find that their Home Room Teacher is their greatest friend and helper at the College. The Home Room Teacher will get to know the student and their parents so well that he or she can be very ready to assist their group of students with personal or academic issues, concerns and guidance.
The Home Room Teacher bears the primary responsibility for the academic progress, general development and welfare of each secondary school student within his or her Home Group. The Home Room Teacher is responsible for monitoring uniforms and student diaries of their students and for the upkeep of their Home Room and Home Room Roll. The Home Room Roll is a legal document. The Home Room Teacher is responsible for the students in their group during allocated times. The Home Room Teacher will be the first point of contact between secondary school parents and the school and will ensure that when appropriate, Heads of House and senior administration staff are made aware of problems relating to particular students.
The Home Room Teacher is responsible for the maintenance and updating of academic attendance and general student records.
The arrangement of pastoral care groups at St Andrew’s Anglican College provides for:
- Each student to meet each day with a stable group of students from Years 7-12 and the teacher of their Home Room group.
- The same Home Room Teacher stays with the same Home Room group where possible throughout secondary school years.
Heads of House
Burkett House: Mr Cameron Piper
Hocknull House: Mr Andrew Linthorne
Rafter House: Ms Melanie Rothman
Williamson House: Ms Lauren Norbury
The Heads of House are responsible for the co-ordination and supervision of pastoral care and discipline within their Houses. The Heads of House will monitor the overall progress including academic, extra curricula and social development of students within the House. The Heads of House assist Home Room Teachers in their daily role act as a conduit for information flow between parents, tutors, Dean of Students (Deputy Secondary) and the Head of Secondary regarding their House students.
From the Heads of House
Leaving the Nest – Year 12 Student Wellbeing
Year Twelve Student Wellbeing has been a wonderful adventure for both students and staff this term as the four Heads of House begin preparing students for the challenges of life after school. This term’s unit has been all about ‘Leaving the Nest’ and after beginning with a session on tyre changing, we have moved on to cooking and washing – the essentials of successful share-house living.
Can you change a tyre on a car you’ve never seen before? That was the challenge put to our Year 12s in our first ‘Leaving the Nest’ activity. Hocknull and Williamson teamed up to change the tyres on Miss Norbury’s old family Magna, and Rafter and Burkett worked on Mr Piper’s Subaru. We are pleased to report that both Mr Piper and Miss Norbury made it home safely with all parts of their vehicles intact after the students were allowed free reign at removing and replacing their tyres and checking oil and water.
Our next challenge involved mystery ingredients and a couple of smoking hot barbeques. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were on the set of Masterchef when we pitted the House groups against each other to cook up the best breakfast for their beloved Head of House. It was a battle to the final beverage, but Williamson House came out on top after plating up a traditional ‘fry up’ eggs and bacon main course, dessert of French toast in the shape of a love heart stacked with strawberries, and a lovely latte and banana smoothie. And, all of this was planned, cooked and served within twenty minutes! (It was polished off equally as fast, with help from Blake Smith and Ethan Kostromin).
“I was really looking for depth of flavour and texture, and Hocknull House presented it perfectly with some amazing pancakes made from scratch,” said a very impressed Mr Linthorne.
“The Burkett team delivered on every level - my taste-buds were dancing!” enthused Mr Piper. All we need now are cravats in House colours…
Last week, students examined the intricacies of washing. In the forty minute seminar, presented by our very own Wonder-Washer-Woman – Miss Rothman, students gained valuable insights into separating their coloured clothes from their whites, the importance of using laundry bags and the do’s and don’ts of hand washing their delicates. They competed against each other in washing barbeque sauce from a tea towel and ironing Mr Piper and Mr Linthorne’s business shirts. Rafter’s Tyler Mae Fraser and Louis Di Mambro excelled at ironing out the wrinkles while Williamson’s Cooper McCoskery led the purple troops in soaking and scrubbing the tea towels.
We can safely say that along with having some laughs, the students have learnt some valuable life lessons and we’ve all enjoyed the experiences, conversations and adventures that this term’s SWB program has brought us. If you have any questions about our wonderful House challenges or our Student Wellbeing Program for Year 12, please contact any of the Heads of House.
Miss Lauren Norbury, Mr Andrew Linthorne, Mr Cameron Piper & Miss Melanie Rothman
HEADS OF HOUSE