The Pastoral Care initiatives at Holy Spirit College aim to support students with a range of ongoing programs to foster a healthy adolescence while creating a positive learning environment throughout the college community.

All students at the College have access to school based counselling services (subject to availability). Year Co-ordinators or their assistants on a needs basis facilitate other services such as restorative justice, social skills and peer relationship counselling.

The Peer Support program, which runs throughout Term 1, aims to integrate Year 7 into high school and is facilitated by a select group of Year 10 student leaders.

The overall objectives of the program are to:

  • Develop friendships between all students
  • Enhance and increase self awareness, self-esteem and communication
  • Develop leadership skills in older students
  • Enable new students to integrate more easily and feel more comfortable in the new school environment.

 

The greater College community regularly participate in productions or activities  covering topics such as anti-bullying, cyber safety, risk taking, mental health awareness, and drug and alcohol education.

For example;

Years 7, 8 and 9 view external productions combatting issues such as bullying and social media use.

Year 9 girls participate in a drama presentation called ‘Loveability’ which targets a range of contemporary issues for teenage girls while boys in Year 9 participate in a similar program called ‘Goodfellas’.

Highly esteemed health professional, Paul Dillon, an expert in the field of Drug and Alcohol Education, presents to Years 10 to 12.

Johnathon Beninca from PEAK speaking, delivers a presentation to the whole school community to inform students about personal safety, risk taking, resilience and disabilities.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) organises activities targeting mental health including ‘R U OK? Day’. These students also organise the activities for the National Day of action against Bullying in March and do a presentation for the White Ribbon anti violence movement in November.

Additionally, representatives from Transport New South Wales speak to junior students about train safety, Kate Fitzsimons from the ‘Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation’ speaks with Year 12 students upon exiting school about safe risk taking and resilience and the college has a strong, ongoing relationship with Headspace to promote the importance of well-being and mental health in adolescents.