Good pastoral care helps to create an environment where every individual child in the school community is known and cared for. A pastoral care program should aim to develop students' strengths and their resilience. Every member of staff is responsible for Pastoral Care. It must happen in classrooms, in the school yard, on and around sports fields, through involvement in cocurricular activities such as debating, orchestra, productions, cadets to mention a few as well as in specialised, targeted programs.
At Mentone Grammar we have staff in key positions to help facilitate pastoral care; to care for the physical and mental wellbeing of all students; to be a point of contact for parents or other important adults in our students' lives and to look at age and gender appropriate activities that will help our students to prosper. In Eblana (primary school prep - Year 4), class teachers play this lead role. In Bayview (the Middle Years Years 5-8), a Year Coordinator and Class Mentors are these key people. In Frogmore (the Senior School Years 5- 12), students are grouped vertically in Houses, where each student has a House Coordinator and a House Mentor who fulfil this pastoral role.
These key people work with students helping them with their academic achievement; they will discuss and deal with pastoral issues proactively and reactively when required; praised and encourage students appropriately and provide a key link between home and school where concerns can be discussed and strategies to solve problems developed.
Integral to the Pastoral team throughout the school are two School Counsellors and School Chaplains who are able to work with students on various issues, and a School Nurse who cares for the physical wellbeing of our students. Our Learning Enhancement faculty also underpins our proactive approach to pastoral care.
Our objective is to ensure all students operate in a safe, caring environment where they are a name and not a number!
The key measure of the success of our pastoral care is in the happy students who go to our school, who are proud of themselves and their school, who commonly reflect the Mentone Grammar values of: integrity, caring, resilience, service, discipline, respect and endeavour.
Our staff work to ensure that our new students experience a smooth transition into our School and benefit from the same level of high quality professional and personalised pastoral care enjoyed by all our current students.